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Old 03-11-2014, 07:27 PM   #1
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Scamp stainless bolts roof through ceiling

Well congratulations to me, proud new owner of a 16' 1991 Scamp.
Picking up on Friday.
"Past" owner suggested to me to silicone the outside portion of the stainless steel bolts that go through the roof and through ceiling in the spring.

Apparently, they seem to sweat, then drip on the inside.

Have any of you experienced these "sweaty bolts".

Is silicone the answer?

If not, what worked for you?

Keep on trekking,
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:37 PM   #2
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What Stainless Steel Bolts???
I don't remember any in our 2004 Scamp
What are they for???
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:41 PM   #3
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DO NOT PUT SILICONE anywhere on your trailer!!!! It will not fix the problem and in a years time your will be cursing yourself for having put something on the trailer that is a pain to get off!

The roof should actually have rivets with caps on them going into acorn nuts on the inside. Is that what you have?

If he put new SS acorn nuts on the roof on the inside to replace the original ones that scamp puts on the trailer the SS do tend to get more condinstation on them - I also learned that the hard way! The only way to prevent it is to have good ventilation in the trailer or stop breathing :-)
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Old 03-11-2014, 07:59 PM   #4
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Yes I have rivets with caps on them going into acorn nuts on the inside. This is what I have. Ok then no silicone, and good ventilation it is.
No more "sweaty rivets"
Thanks folks!
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:01 PM   #5
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Whatever they are for, if they're not leaking there's no point in putting silicone or anything else on them EXCEPT to insulate them from the cold so that condensate won't form on them. If the previous owner says it works, go for it. Certainly a drop of silicone on a bolt/rivet head isn't the end of the world.

Side note, Scientific Front:

The AMA is getting close to a vaccine against antisiliconitisneurotimania, a condition that's ravaged the ranks here ...stay tuned!
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:07 PM   #6
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:10 PM   #7
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No more "sweaty rivets"
LOL didn't say "no more" sweaty rivets - they will still in humid weather tend to develop droplets of water on them - but good ventilating will help greatly from keeping it from feeling like its raining inside.

I am curious though what the science is behind putting silicone on a rivet that already has a plastic cover over it is? How does that stop the acorn nut inside the trailer from sweating? perhaps one of the go for it types can explain?
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Old 03-11-2014, 08:57 PM   #8
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If the previous owner used silicone and says for you to do the same, it sounds like it's not working... how many layers of silicone are on these SS bolts anyway?
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Welcome Stephane. You can buy replacement parts, cabinets, doors, hindges,ect. About anything you need. From scamp. Congrats on the purchase. Make sure you check the outside window drains. As they can get stopped up.
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