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Old 04-18-2021, 03:05 PM   #1
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Tail light cover seal. What to use?

I'm getting ready for a state inspection and need to replace a tail light.

This has been sealed which I'll obviously have to break or cut. What should I reseal it with?

I have some NuFlex 311 silicone sealant. Would that work?

I've done a few searches and find people talking about butyl tape. I guess that's an option.

It's only the parking light which I'm not sure is required for the inspection here in New Hampshire but I need to fix it anyway.

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Old 04-19-2021, 04:00 AM   #2
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Would you have to break seal to change a bulb. If so I would use water tight foam weather strip.
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Would you have to break seal to change a bulb. If so I would use water tight foam weather strip.
Yes, I have to take the plastic off to get to the bulbs.

One of the issues is that some of the screws are somewhat stripped and those that aren't I don't want to risk screwing them up too tight because they'll go too. I think it needs some sealant / adhesive.
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A trick I have used successfully for partially stripped screws into plastic and wood is to apply a small amount of gorilla glue to the screw( be sure to put some oil on screw threads first), install the screw about 75 to 80% and wait for gorilla glue to dry. (The gorilla glue expands and forms the female threads for the screw.) Once dry, either remove the screw and reinstall or simply finish tightening the screw.

RTV will work as a replacement seal for your taillights, but is a bit messy. Any auto parts store will have gasket material that you can use to make a new gasket. Put some food coloring on the taillight and press it onto the gasket material to create a pattern. An exacto knife is easier than scissors or a razor blade for cutting out the pattern.

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Old 04-19-2021, 06:26 AM   #5
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I replaced those lights on my MH with sealed LED lights from the same manufacturer. The lights you have are notorious for leaking around the reverse light lens. This causes corrosion of the sockets. After fighting it for too long, I got LED replacements from Command Electronics. They are not cheap but well worth it in my opinion. If you are going to remove the lights anyway, you might consider replacing them with something that will hold up in the long run.
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Thanks all. I think I'm going to use some RTV for now but will definitely look into replacing with LEDs.
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Cheap roll of rope caulk may seal it up for you and not glue both together a warmer day will do best.
I was curious so i looked them up.
https://www.commandelectronics.com/n...?rq=003-3000m1
Bottom ..Half the price shipped, might be lucky and holes in different place. They have a lot of stuff at good price I'll put in my favorite sell group.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/2-20-LED-Re...8AAOSw88xgJCvN
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If youíre willing to shop at Amazon (some are not for political reasons)...
These lights work great.
Theyíre currently $40 each (not sure why the 2-pack is $98)

I installed them last year after having the same issues as you.
I filled the stripped holes with Plastic chop sticks & gorilla glue.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08...b_b_asin_title
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If you’re willing to shop at Amazon (some are not for political reasons)...
These lights work great.
They’re currently $40 each (not sure why the 2-pack is $98)

I installed them last year after having the same issues as you.
I filled the stripped holes with Plastic chop sticks & gorilla glue.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B08...b_b_asin_title
Several months later I took your advice and have installed these. It took a bit of logic and testing to figure out the wiring but that's all good. For anyone else doing this, my originals had eight wires where these only have six. That's because the old ones had separate ground wires for each bulb but the new ones only have a single ground. I just joined the grounds together.

These connectors are useful. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07Q7WM3SK

I haven't screwed mine up tight and sealed yet. I still need to fix the holes. I got some wood filler which didn't really work. I'm hoping this stuff will be better https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005493KM2. I think it will be similar to sawdust and epoxy used in the video below. Chopsticks or toothpicks might help too.

Anyway ... I'm a little confused by the gasket that came with them. I just left them how they were placed on the back of the light and wired it up but now I notice that one side is sticky with paper to peel off. Which side should that go on? I'm guessing that it should go on the RV wall side to basically seal up the big rectangle. In that case I have it the wrong way and will need to disconnect all the wires to turn them around.

I basically followed this. Fortunately I don't seem to have the quick flashing problem that he had.
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Alternative Fasteners

See post #6 here.
BTW, I just installed the same Partsam lights on my rig to clear the covered bike on the rear rack. Didnít need to use well nuts since it was a new install.
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See post #6 here.
BTW, I just installed the same Partsam lights on my rig to clear the covered bike on the rear rack. Didnít need to use well nuts since it was a new install.
Oh yeah, they look good. Thanks.
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