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Old 08-01-2012, 08:48 AM   #1
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caulks & sealants & tapes oh my

There are of course many places in and outside of the trailer that need to be sealed. So... I was hoping to start a new thread around what you use to seal what.
For example I noticed one of the amber light covers on the side of my trailer was missing after a trip home. It looks as if it was only sealed on with an all purpose white caulk. What should I use to seal the new cover?
What do you use to seal windows, trim, vents, skylights, etc.

Thanks in advance for the advice.
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Dicor lap seal for sealing seams on the roof; this seal remains flexible, won't damage roofing materials, and is slightly runny so it's "self leveling".

Dicor caulk- for seams that abut roofing materials but which you don't want to be self leveling.

Proflex caulk - for seams on the side of the trailer that don't touch rubber roofing materials.

Eternabond material- for covering over seams. Eternabond can be bought on a roll, in different widths. It is an amazing material.

Butyl tape - for sealing things that have flanges against either roofing materials or the side of a trailer.

So, for a clearance light, I'd probably remove the lens, then the base and clean up the old putty or butyl. I'd apply a layer of butyl caulk to the back of the clearance light, re-fasten it to the side. Wait a day or two for the excess butyl to squeeze out, then scrape off the "squeeze". I'd then caulk with Proflex around the light base. Same story for windows as for the clearance light.
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Eternabond material- for covering over seams. Eternabond can be bought on a roll, in different widths. It is an amazing material.
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Thanks for this list! I still consider myself a greenie and your list is excellent!

I searched the on-line catalog of a local (Houston) RV shop and they say Eternabond is now Sticknbond.
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/c...eternabond.htm

They (Eternabond) also make a couble sided tape that they claim is good for gaskets. Anyone have experience with this stuff?
http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/c...s/ds-2-60m.htm
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Thanks RVhiker. Just what I was looking for.
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Old 10-22-2012, 10:45 AM   #6
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Was just going to chime in here on the Eternabond tape. I was pulling some PM on my used 2007 165 Sport that I just bought. I looked for a distributor of this tape and was directed to our local Grainger. I paid $100 for a 50' x 4" roll. Great stuff, but I found it on Amazon for $62. Just a heads up on a cheaper price.
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