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Old 05-02-2012, 07:01 PM   #1
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Help! My Windows Are Leaking!

After painting and replacing all the weather stripping, I had a nasty surprise. My WINDOWS are leaking. The seals on the doors are just fine, by the way, but I have NO idea how to fix these windows.

These windows open on one side and have a fixed window on the other. It seems to be leaking from the side that can open (even though it's closed and locked).

The weather stripping around the window panes appears to have separated a bit, but I have no idea how to replace or mend it.

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Old 05-02-2012, 07:24 PM   #2
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Hi Laura. I had to pull my windows a while back. Mine are a Hehr window with a clamping ring on the inside. If yours are the same this might help. Raz

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Old 05-03-2012, 03:12 AM   #3
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Are these pictures of the outside? The screen is on the interior, correct? If so is water getting inside? They are not leaking if there is no water intrusion. If there is then you need to pull the window and redo the butyl tape around the entire window and reinstall, not hard to do.
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Old 05-03-2012, 05:54 AM   #4
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Hi: lauramoncur... Sure looks like the glass seals have shrunk and pulled away at the 45* corners. Vintage Trailer Supply sells many types of window gaskets and seals and 3M makes a super bonding compound(Black liquid rubber/Glue) in a tube for joining the corners and the ends of the gaskets. All can be fixed with the right parts an supplies.
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Old 05-03-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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Laura, If it were me I'd pull the windows and put new rubber around the glass, clean the frame well and fiberglass and re-install using butyl tape. If you didn't want to mess with the rubber molding yourself, pull the windows and take them to your near by glass company, see what they would charge to put the rubber on. If you pull the windows and do the job right , you will never regret it and look at the windows with envy during a rain storm.
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I've just removed and reconditioned all the windows in my Lil Bigfoot.
I have replaced the front and rear plexi glass and replaced the fixed pane in the large side window.
The rubber mouldings that hold the window in place do not seal out the water.
There is a sealant used between the glass and the frame.
Today black silicone is used.
The rear plexiglass window leaked and it was obvious when I removed it the sealant had dried up.
Gently pull the moulding away, remove the glass clean it and the frame.
Run a bead of black silicone around the frame and reinstall the glass.
It's a much easier job if the windows are removed.
Make sure whe weep holes in the bottom of the frame are clean.

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Old 05-03-2012, 01:54 PM   #7
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I struggled with the leaky windows on my Scamp--even after doing silicone around the edges and everything. Finally, I figured out that I needed to clean out the tracks, because the water outlet channel was plugged. I don't know what the technical name for that would be.

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Old 05-03-2012, 01:59 PM   #8
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After painting and replacing all the weather stripping, I had a nasty surprise. My WINDOWS are leaking. The seals on the doors are just fine, by the way, but I have NO idea how to fix these windows.

These windows open on one side and have a fixed window on the other. It seems to be leaking from the side that can open (even though it's closed and locked).

The weather stripping around the window panes appears to have separated a bit, but I have no idea how to replace or mend it.

Any ideas?









When I reconditioned my windows, I had the same problem. I went to my local automotive replacement window dealer and they gave me a cauking gun cartridge with a little left in it. It sticks well to rubber and it is not silicone. It dries to a nice black rubber that matches the rubber seal nicely. Perhaps you will find a window replacement store that was as nice as mine.
Worst case scenario, you may have to buy a tube...
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Old 05-05-2012, 01:56 PM   #9
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Karen B,

You were so helpful! I found a YouTube video online showing me how to clean out the tracks and drain holes and it solved 90% of the leaking. I have to silicone up to see if that does the rest of the job, but I am so glad you mentioned that!
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:01 PM   #10
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NO!!!! Do NOT use sillycone! Ever!!! Not even then!
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Old 05-05-2012, 03:27 PM   #11
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Could you post the link to the youtube video, thanks.
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NO!!!! Do NOT use sillycone! Ever!!! Not even then!
There is a time and place for everything. I have used automotive sealers when replacing glass and reconditioning Egg windows in the past in the past.
The reason I decided to replace the plexiglass was I resealed it with automotive sealer which leaked, squeezed out and was impossible to remove from the plexiglass.
The black silicone will not dry out or be affected by the sun as it is between the glass or plexi glass and the window frame and is shaded by the rubber trim on the outside of the window.
The excess sillycone cleaned off the glass and plexiglass very easily and was much easier to use than automotive sealer.
The large shops where I had the glass and the front and rear plexiglass cut both reccomended black silicone as thatss what they use when replacing glass in RVs.
I've lost count, but I think this Lil Bigfoot is the 8th or 9th egg I've reconditioned or restored since I retired 7 years ago.
I know all about the perils of silicone.
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Use Butyl tape. An RV store or building supply will have it. Don't use silicone. Use the search function to read the horror stories. Raz
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:40 AM   #14
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Here is a link to that YouTube video that helped me:

YouTube: LeakyRVWindows-DIY Fixit.wmv

I followed that process and it really helped.
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