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Old 08-10-2011, 09:13 PM   #29
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Here are a couple pics from today's work - A couple showing the "hole" - that bright light shining from the outside my first clue, the actual color of my trailer.


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Old 08-10-2011, 10:58 PM   #30
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The good news is I have a sealed window, the bad news is it rained and there is still water. My worst fear is the belly band. Something beyond me. Anyone interested in buying a 78 Trill? grrrrrrrrrr
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Old 08-11-2011, 07:34 AM   #31
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Trillium 1300 belly bands are generally not a problem and I would almost bet that the water is coming in from around the other windows. Where are you finding the water inside?
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Old 08-11-2011, 10:53 AM   #32
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Hi Fred, the water is on top of the fiberglass on the couch end. Doesn't seem to be all over it but all along the edge. Also if you were standing looking at the dinette, the bench on the right side. The water is also in the storage area on that side of the bench. That's why I thought that little window over the stove was the culprit. There has been nothing on the other side of the dinette at all. I will plug along and do the windows one by one and we'll see. If there is still water coming in after that, then I don't know. We all know where it ends up isn't necessarily where it starts, finding it just might be a big pain in the As! Thanks for all the instructions and encouragement everyone.

I thought the trailer was so good, having all the ensolite and in great condition, trim, frame reinforced, new battery, etc. Smoke and mirrors, the guy obviously did some quick fixes to sell. Very frustrating how people do that and then lie. Even more funny how I fell for it. I know a lot of the FB trailers you guys get need a lot of work (that is quite the understatement for some!). But I specifically set out not to get a project. I specifically said safe and dry. Sorry, feeling a little silly at the moment.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:07 AM   #33
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Hi Meghan! It was not soooo horrible and if I can do it you can definately do it. I'm sorry I couldn't do pics or video while I was doing it, but I was all over the place. Fred's instructions were bang on. Just make sure you have everything you need on hand before you start. Tools, supplies, etc. Butyl tape is what everyone here said to seal the window. The guy at one RV place tried to sell me something else 'cause he didn't have any. I declined. I got a roll of butyl, probably enough to do a couple big windows or the three smallest ones for just over $10.00. I don't know if that is good or not, but it seemed ok to me. A pack of 100 SS #8 screws for $7.99 they seemed hard to find, and a full sheet of the plywood. I got a full sheet 'cause it was the same price as a half sheet (????) and got them to cut it into three for me (easier for this old gal to handle) and it came in at $20.11. More than enough to do all the windows and then some. Good luck!
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I just found out my play pac window leaks also. I am hoping it is because the outside trim , caulk, whatever, is missing. The stuff that seals the window into the window frame. I will be following this thread closely!
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:19 AM   #34
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Thank you Fred -the window is done! I also put wood on the sides to screw it in. Now time will tell....hoping for rain? I'll keep looking for the screw covers. Thanks again. BTW - it took me all day! Next one should be quicker as I have everything now. Thanks again.
Wow, you certainly gained experience in a short time! A day to do a window is a completely reasonable trade-off, since you saved a lot of time and money from the repair shop, and also gained both experience and confidence. The inevitable future problem solving will be much easier to take on now that you have tackled the first one. Soon you will be thinking about modifications, not just fixes.

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Old 08-11-2011, 12:44 PM   #35
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Oh Rick - you are so funny!If I find and repair the leak I'm done! No modifications here! Like I said, safe and d -r -y is all I want. I can make it prettier with new curtains and cushions, something I planned on doing anyway but nothing hard core like some of you. I am in awe of you all
With the exception of what I learn here, I am pretty much on my own with this. My husband originally humored me on this purchase and money should have gone elsewhere when we sold our other trailer. I have no choice but to hanker down and do the work myself, even the fiberglass repair from the inside if it comes down to it. Thank you for the encouragement though.

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Wow, you certainly gained experience in a short time! A day to do a window is a completely reasonable trade-off, since you saved a lot of time and money from the repair shop, and also gained both experience and confidence. The inevitable future problem solving will be much easier to take on now that you have tackled the first one. Soon you will be thinking about modifications, not just fixes.

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Old 08-11-2011, 05:58 PM   #36
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Ok, so I'm not obsessing - not much. We had a little cloud burst here and I ran outside and sat and waited in the trailer. Found where the water seems to be coming through. At the front window drivers side, out the bottom of the trim onto the couch form. Not enough to go into the storage underneath. Same with the rear window, drivers side, at the bottom of the trim onto the dinette bench. Also seems to be going through the lensolite along the FB in between where the bench form sits against body of the trailer, and into the storage under the bench. Of course it had to be the two biggest, most intimidating windows!We are out of town with my son's provincial rugby next week so I will touch base when I do the windows. Most likely in the middle of it as I will be asking questions and for . Don't worry, I'll also be addressing those bare wires - my hubby is an electrician - maybe if I use my wifely ways he'll help me out.........or not! Eeeeeew - look the color of that lensolite - more scrubbing also in my future!

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Old 08-11-2011, 07:38 PM   #37
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maybe if I use my wifely ways he'll help me out.........or not!

A bribe never hurts!! If not though, I'm betting you can tackle the electrical too!!!! I mean, you weren't so sure you could do the windows and look at ya now...
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