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Old 03-23-2017, 11:58 PM   #1
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Thanks, and HELP

I've used forums for tons of stuff, and why I hadn't joined this one previously is beyond me. I have a 1999 27ft Nash 5th wheel that I've owned for 4 years. Last fall I discovered a pretty bad leak by one of the sky lights and have tons of questions about how to properly repair it. I generally suck at searching forums and know how crabby some users can get with repeated questions, so any links or subforums to search would be greatly appreciated. I don't mind researching, but this is a large community and time is a factor for everyone.

The plan is to get this old girl fixed and sold, so I can pick up something a bit newer for the 6000 mile summer odyssey to come.

Looking forward to new trailer reviews and campground feedback as I learn the forum better. Thanks
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Your post in the Travel Trailers forum will get you off and running. Most folks are very patient and helpful here.
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Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

Keep her between the ditches!

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Glad to have you here in the forum with us.

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Old 03-24-2017, 08:07 AM   #5
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Welcome. I would suggest Dicor self leveling sealer for around the skylight. Eterna Bond tape is great for seams and I suppose it could be used there, but the self leveling sealer is a better way to go IMHO.
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You did not say why it is leaking. Is it cracked or is the roof torn etc. I'll assume that it needs to be replaced and you can modify as required and I'll use my own mount to explain.
1) Start by peeling back the existing caulking and then unscrew the old skylight. Clean the roof area and if the skylight is not broken clean off the seal area of the skylight
2) Put down some new putty around the hole.
3) Screw the new skylight in place.
4) Use self leveling caulk to seal the edges of the skylight and DON"T skimp on the material.

You should be good then. It will dry quickly but if you have a day or two so it can set before you start pulling that is good also.
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:47 AM   #7
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If it has been leaking for several years, then chances are the framework around the vent opening is needing replacement--not an easy task, but doable. Be sure and check for wood rot around the vent opening after pulling the vent housing. A lot of the framing will be visible from the inside also after taking the skirt off the ceiling.
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I am in the process of replacing the skylight in the shower on my Alfa. The trim needed replacing because the plastic cover on the Luan panels was pealing. Mine is a two part skylight and the outer one has several cracks but the inner clear one is OK. I ordered a replacement outer cover from E-Z Tops Worldwide.

Got the woodwork replaces today, now to get the skylight installed.
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Old 04-09-2017, 01:13 AM   #9
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thanks for all the input.

The leak was pretty fresh. I'd drug that old girl about 15 miles over some rough and unpaved mountain roads. Lots of flex on old joints that were already showing cracks (I didn't realize this until later because I had no clue to even look) 10 days of non stop rain and a 15 mile return trip didn't help.

I started by pulling the ceiling and insulation to get all the damaged parts out, and aid in tracing the source of the leak. It was the suspected skylight, and off my moron self went to fixing. I used some silicone exterior stuff recommended by a hardware store and it obviously failed. Next step was using some Dicor Lap Sealant. This stuff is awesome, in my limited experience.

Ive also used the lap sealer to touch up all other places stuff comes out of the EDPM. Already purchased the full Dicor roof kit and am only waiting for a dry enough stretch of days to get it done.


thanks for all the advice. Pretty sue I have the leave killed. now I just have to refurb the 4x8 sheet in the kitchen.
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