Boler Belly Band - Fiberglass RV


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Old 07-18-2010, 08:47 PM   #1
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I've purchased a 17' Boler last November. The belly band has been "sealed" with a strip of silicone caulk on the top edge around the entire trailer circumference. Is this necessary? I can't see evidence of previous leaks. Can I remove it? It looks terrible.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:52 PM   #2
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well I will speak from my experience. The belly band is merely ornamental ( I own a 77 scamp). I too had a caulk happy previous owner and so proceeded to scrape off ever so gently the black goo left all the way around. After removal I found out why he/she did such a thing. The trailer leaked like crazy around the mid section. Upon inspection I found there to be to very microscopic screw holes at/near the belly band. I pulled back the ensolite from the inside, re-fiber glassed the area in question and have yet to have another leak in that specific area. Zip me a line if you need photos my computer just crashed so I have to reload all my photos.






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I've purchased a 17' Boler last November. The belly band has been "sealed" with a strip of silicone caulk on the top edge around the entire trailer circumference. Is this necessary? I can't see evidence of previous leaks. Can I remove it? It looks terrible.
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Old 07-19-2010, 05:45 AM   #3
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whoops, wrong thread, thought it was a Trillium belly band.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:26 PM   #4
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Thanks Brandy, I did some more searching and found some pictures of a Boler 1700 during a restoration. It shows the two halves glassed together on the inside.
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great! the two halves are indeed glassed (or should be) thus keeping them water tight. For my specific trailer it was comprimised at some point and time an thus the two separated a titch and the PO decided to caulk vs checking to see why the trailer leaked. its worth looking and solving the problem vs frosting over and hoping it goes away



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Thanks Brandy, I did some more searching and found some pictures of a Boler 1700 during a restoration. It shows the two halves glassed together on the inside.
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Old 07-20-2010, 09:38 AM   #6
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While the belly band and caulk are for aesthetic purposes, caulk alone is not going to solve a leak problem. (Not just on a belly band, but windows, vents, etc.) The belly band on my Scamp doesn't leak. But the fit and finish of the band around the trailer is not the best. A nice bead of caulk finishes it off nicely.
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Old 07-20-2010, 01:36 PM   #7
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While the belly band and caulk are for aesthetic purposes, caulk alone is not going to solve a leak problem. (Not just on a belly band, but windows, vents, etc.) The belly band on my Scamp doesn't leak. But the fit and finish of the band around the trailer is not the best. A nice bead of caulk finishes it off nicely.

Removed the belly band on my Boler, Sealed, filled the small gap between the halves with Excell sealent (not a silicone) and when I re-install it I will use a paintable caulk to make the seam look pretty before I paint it.
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and when I re-install it I will use a paintable caulk to make the seam look pretty before I paint it.
Better yet.... caulk AFTER paint. If the caulk chips, flakes or peels, it's cleaner and better looking if it's not painted when you replace it. For instance, I can always tell when someone has removed and replaced chrome trim/badges on hot rods when all they did was tape it before painting. YMMV
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Better yet.... caulk AFTER paint. If the caulk chips, flakes or peels, it's cleaner and better looking if it's not painted when you replace it. For instance, I can always tell when someone has removed and replaced chrome trim/badges on hot rods when all they did was tape it before painting. YMMV

I agree but then the caulk will not be the color that I am going to paint the Boler
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Did our Scamp Belly Band last fall. Removed, scraped all the old caulk, resealed the seam with 3M marine sealant where it isn't visible once you rivet the band back on. Polished the band with steel wool and chrome wheel polish. Shines so nice now you can actually use it as a mirror to shave in the morning.
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hummmm shaving, now theres another mod I'll have to do ...dang




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Did our Scamp Belly Band last fall. Removed, scraped all the old caulk, resealed the seam with 3M marine sealant where it isn't visible once you rivet the band back on. Polished the band with steel wool and chrome wheel polish. Shines so nice now you can actually use it as a mirror to shave in the morning.
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