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Old 06-11-2013, 05:20 PM   #15
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Was it a Sunspot near Syracuse NY? If so, that was me. It was a '79. I fixed it up, sold it early last year and bought the Sunline T-1550 we have now. I've put a tremendous amount of work into this one too. We want a late model egg that I do NOT need to fix, but that needs to wait while I save $. At least now I know what I want. We camped in tents for 40 years, so this trailer stuff was all new to me. Once I fixed the Sunspot up, we loved it, went bigger, and if nothing else, we aren't planning on sleeping in tents anymore.

I just replaced a bunch of rotted out wood around the big rear window in my Sunline. What a job that was! I don't think it was original butyl tape, but maybe. It was dried out, had gaps, but was stuck so good that I accidently ripped some of the aluminum siding under the window pulling it off. I may go around the trailer and do the other windows with new butyl tape.


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Jim, Ive also heard dont buy anything made on a friday since there dying to get out of work and just want to get the trailer they use shortcuts... Unfortunatly it happens. Friends bought a brand new Baja Cruiser fishing boat, well the manuf drilled the wrong sized drain plug hole in the stern so they added some extra calk and sent it out to be delivered...I was there when the boat was lowered into the water and we saw alot of bubbling at the stern and she was going down..slowly but definatly taking on water.... the manuf paid to have it fixed but its scary sometimes.

Almost 20 years ago I started looking for a camper and well being right out of college and super poor I looked at some small ones in my price range and one my foot went through the floor it was that rotten. 3 years ago the night after I ordered $1000 worth of cedar to build my lil vardo, a trailer I was oggling for a while went up for sale a Sunliner Sunspot...I was so mad at myself I could have bought it. Well someone on the forum did and man I was glad I didn't lol...he had a tremendous job rebuilding it. Its easier to start from scratch then to restore one.

Thats why I went with fiberglass.

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Old 06-11-2013, 06:48 PM   #16
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I think it was your s then Frank! I built 2 tiny travel trailers and was going tobuy a project egg but had the money so said nearly new saves me all that work and money!


All that is gold does not glitter, Not all those who wander are lost; The old that is strong does not wither, Deep roots are not reached by the frost.... J.R.R. Tolkien
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Old 06-12-2013, 05:08 AM   #17
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Every camper will eventually leak. While I dont like clear silicone, since it doesnt stay clear for long, its hard to know a windows butyl tape is breaking down till wetness or that mildew smell hit you. Ive been told to seal campers annually and had it professionally done the 1st time on a driving camper I once had. They used tan, acrylic latex chaulk on every gutter seam, window, lights, reflectors etc. and cool sealed the roof. With the chaulk tooled in you couldnt really notice it but it sealed things up. Now with a FB trailor, there is less to seal and easier to find a leak before wood rots out. Id say damp carpeting would be a clue.
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:20 AM   #18
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I wouldn't pay anyone to blob more caulk on top of old caulk... no matter what the brand of caulk on my trailer for NOTHIN'. Can you even imagine the mess you'd end up with in five years if they did this every year? Sounds like a scam to me. Or MAYBE it IS necessary on stick builts, but certainly not on all molded fiberglass.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #19
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Its common on metal campers with some age on em. Otherwise, you can fix the rotten wood when you finally realize it. Blobbing chaulk on old chaulk might be done by somebody but not on mine. I like the whole fibreglass concept which is why I got one. You know very quickly when a leak occurs and no paneling or 1x2's to slowly rot away.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:46 PM   #20
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Whew! Well i feel better...

My Parkliner rolled off the line about 1800 on Tuesday April 9th...out of the danger zone.

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Old 06-13-2013, 10:36 AM   #21
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Just an "aside"...
Caulk, no "h" in it...
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Old 06-13-2013, 01:30 PM   #22
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You know your right, Ive probably always spelled it the other way the few times Ive actually needed to spell it. Ill make a note of it.
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Old 06-13-2013, 02:28 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by Donna D. View Post
DO NOT use silicone or any other sealant or tape (unless you need to seal it in a rainstorm to get it home from your trip).
There is a sticky rope putty that remains flexible and is easy to remove that I would recommend as a temporary fix. It is called something crack seal or draft seal, the rope is about 3/16" round sold in sheets about 8" long. Usually found in the window or insulation areas.
Sorry the brand name slips my memory banks at the moment. Red or orange package.

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