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Old 03-28-2016, 02:14 PM   #15
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Update: What Gary at Bigfoot recommended

I happened to call Bigfoot with a couple other questions and spoke with Gary, who said he's been working for them since 1989 (of course, with some breaks whenever they shut down). He said that they use black automotive 1/2 inch butyl tape to seal the window openings (i.e. before installation) and then silicone - yes, silicone - around windows, vents and lights, etc.

He also mentioned using a square of "Arbrite" and mineral spirits to take the old silicone off without scratching the fiberglass. "Arbrite" must be a Canadian cleaning product of some sort - I tried Googling it, but either I didn't get the spelling right or it's an elusive product - can any of the Canadian forums members identify what product Gary was speaking about and where I might get some?
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Old 03-28-2016, 02:55 PM   #16
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Can't help you with sourcing Arbrite, but perhaps, just perhaps one reason OEM's use silicone is the ease of flow through guns during production. Lower cost may also be a reason.

Personally, I avoid the stuff whenever an alternative presents itself. There are some really nice sealants on the market aimed at RV's.
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Old 03-28-2016, 03:39 PM   #17
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Apology and thanks; window sealing

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I happened to call Bigfoot with a couple other questions and spoke with Gary, who said he's been working for them since 1989 (of course, with some breaks whenever they shut down). He said that they use black automotive 1/2 inch butyl tape to seal the window openings (i.e. before installation) and then silicone - yes, silicone - around windows, vents and lights, etc.

He also mentioned using a square of "Arbrite" and mineral spirits to take the old silicone off without scratching the fiberglass. "Arbrite" must be a Canadian cleaning product of some sort - I tried Googling it, but either I didn't get the spelling right or it's an elusive product - can any of the Canadian forums members identify what product Gary was speaking about and where I might get some?
Hi Val & Kayla and a number of others who have commented on my question,

For some reason, I didn't notice a number of alerts from fgrv that must have come in since I posted in February. My apology for not responding and saying thank you before.

Butyl tape is definitely in the original installation by Bigfoot. It looks like it was correctly installed in terms of the "squeeze out effect", but I'm going to check that again. I did clean out the weep holes and I haven't seen water accumulate in the inside tracks since then, so maybe that was a primary problem.

I actually ordered and have all the stuff I should need to reinstall the window (except maybe a couple of large, glass-handling suction cups). So far, my tank is still running on "chicken", but I appreciate all the encouragement. Wish it was a smaller window for my first try.

Aside from the leak problem, has anyone had experience with "EZ-Gutter". Regardless of the window re-install question, I'm still thinking about installing the gutters just to keep down the ugly dribble streaks that run down all the windows with each rain.

Thanks all,
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Old 03-28-2016, 03:54 PM   #18
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Val&Kayla, what you heard is probably spelled "arborite". In your description, it sounds like a scrubbing tool that's to be used with mineral spirits. Arborite is a name for some laminated countertops (High pressure laminates, Laminate Surfaces, worktop surfaces | Arborite). The guy who helped you probably just meant to use a square and thin piece of wood to scrub the goop you're trying to remove so that, unlike metal, it would not scratch the fiberglass.
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A plastic putty knife does the trick.
Having cut myself with Arborite, I'd be loathe to use that.
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Thanks, Uncle Cereal and Glenn! I wondered since when I Googled "arborite," all I found were references to wood paneling and vintage furniture. Well, I have found the 3M Decal Remover Wheel and Barkeeper's Friend to be amazing at removing residue and when I use paint knives on the trailer, I stick with the plastic ones to avoid damage. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the new bellyband!
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:40 AM   #21
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Josh, Chances are your problem is clogged weep holes or slots. About 99% of the time that is the cause of water infiltration when sliding windows are present.
Years ago travel trailer windows were almost always of the Crank out awning style that allowed plenty of ventilation while resisting rain infiltration.
Sliding windows always seem to be a problem as the weep holes are constantly filling with debris. Keep them clean and your problem may be solved.

Window removal and re installation is a two or three person job...do not try it alone.
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Window removal and re installation is a two or three person job...do not try it alone.
They are? I've done it alone. Both the door window and the bathroom window. Didn't find it difficult with some planning and duct tape on the outside to hold the window after I removed the clamp ring on the inside. Actually the old butyl held the window against the exterior until I cut the butyl away.
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Alone works best for small windows. Larger windows because of size and weight are best done with a helper..one in...one out. Better safe than sorry ....a broken window due to it falling will ruin your day and cost plenty.
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:15 PM   #24
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Alone works best for small windows. Larger windows because of size and weight are best done with a helper..one in...one out. Better safe than sorry ....a broken window due to it falling will ruin your day and cost plenty.
Thanks Patrick and Donna,

Yes, I'm hoping cleaning out the weep holes solved the problem. Not quite ready to turn the hose on the window area, but may have to resort to that, since we don't get much rain in AZ.

I thought about attempting a complete window rebuild myself and got all psyched watching various U-tube guides. My wife chimed in with a reality check. I agree with Patrick; I wish this were a smaller window to test my prowess. However it's one of the largest in the Bigfoot, and double pane, which could make it a bigger pain.

Have either of you had experience with creaky floors? Don't mind it myself but Sonya is very sensitive to noises like that.

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