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Old 09-18-2012, 04:48 PM   #1
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Window leak - tighten screws how much?

Torrential rain today. Checked the cabover when I got home and found a tablespoon of water had leaked in from the front window (2003 Tioga). Water (small amount) was still laying in the channel in the lower right corner of the window.

So - I believe the first step is to tighten the screws around the window and apply a bead of caulk (ProFlex) around the seal on the outside (there isn't any caulk there now) and also check the clearance lights.

I read in another thread where somebody cracked a window by over-tightening the screws. So how much is too much (other than check for cracks)? Is there a torque value suggested?

I've never had one of these windows out myself so maybe I should just have camping world fix it. The rear window leaked (a couple of cups) recently so I brought it back to the dealer (was within 30 days of purchase). They tightened the screws and caulked all the way around the window. It worked but I would rather they had removed the window and replaced the butyl. Surprisingly, the fleetwood rep I called about it endorsed the dealers repair method and said just check the caulk occasionally.

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Old 09-18-2012, 04:59 PM   #2
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I'd suggest putting caulk around the window, then tighten the screws until caulk squeezes out. The screws shouldn't need to be real tight, all of them together multiplies the force. Just 'snug' them down, not a two fisted tighten.


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Old 09-18-2012, 06:24 PM   #3
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Actually tightening the screws could jsut as likely cause it to leak more. The best bet is to pull the window, clan it up and reseal with new butyl putty tape.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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The dealer did the minimum to get it to stop. Sadly, caulking jobs often don't last verses removing and re-installing the window with the proper sealing options performed. Here is the better way to fix the problem.

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Old 09-18-2012, 07:53 PM   #5
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Sorry - google reseal RV windows to get the YouTube video from trailer life.
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