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Old 12-18-2002, 11:17 AM   #29
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My larger windows are a different shape but basically the same design. They have a type of tongue and grove molding on the top. They don't leak? There is no evidence, however that anything like this was ever on the smaller ones.
Here is a, not to scale, approximation drawing of what it looks like. The top piece appears to be aluminum. The bottom piece is slightly curved and looks to be hard plastic. Ever see anything like this for sale?

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Old 12-18-2002, 12:50 PM   #30
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Different alright

But kinda nice.
Lanny,
Did you say you used silicon to mount those windows?
Silicon can dry with cracks in it or can get mushed out when installing the window allowing water to flow .
Windows, as far as I know,and any other doors should be mounted to the outside wall of the camper with butyl rubber tape. This stuff comes on rolls of 3/4 " wide and is sort of nasty feeling, like putty, but easy to work with ( unless its really hot out, then its gooey).
Costs about 4 bucks a roll, can get it at any rv place.
Just put the tape flat around the flange of the window( don't stretch it) overlap at any seams. Mount the window, screw in the screws which will make some excess tape ooze out on the outside wall (this is good). trim off the excess ooze with a plastic or wooden stick.
This stuff will also fill in any slack from ,say ,a wavy fiberglass wall.
Window flat + wall wavy = leak point.
Then for good measure you can run a bead of rv stuff I forget the name ( something like r440 ) ask the RV guy, around the edge. Its like a super silicon, comes in white.

This stuff is also good for sealing all the wire holes from the running lights and tailights, another source of leakage.

The above has made my Burro happy.
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Old 12-18-2002, 05:33 PM   #31
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Thanks Pete, yeah, I used 100% silicone. The best Lowe's sells. Its only been on there though for a couple of months. I don't think it would have cracked already, on all three windows. Do you?
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Old 12-19-2002, 05:17 AM   #32
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Lanny,
Its not so much that it cracks but dries with microscopic cracks in it.
I'll have to see if I can find that URL. Once I read that ,I decided that silicon wasn't the cure all its cracked up to be.

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Old 12-19-2002, 05:38 AM   #33
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Getting old

Lanny,
I can't find the article, but the stuff I use around the edge of the window frame is called Parbond.
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