Hi fellow Boler
I am brand new to this forum although I have been reading all your posts for the past few weeks pre-purchase. I would like to start by saying everyone here is so wonderful with their enthusiasm to help others and sharing information. I purchased a 1975 Boler
only a week ago and have spent the last week cleaning and painting
the interior: bunks, closet and cabinets with Melamine and the ensolite with a good quality latex only to find out I have a considerable leak as during a major downpour yesterday, I found a pool of water on the floor at the base of my kitchen bunks. The water appears to have travelled along the back wall at the bunk level as the recently painted Melamine was wet and damaged along this seam!! I am assuming from reading several posts here that the water may be entering through the side windows
or possibly the belly band (?). The trailer showed no evidence of previous leaking however it was stored in a dry garage..
I understand from the seller that the side windows
(slide variety) were recently replaced by the PO. After a close inspection, I cannot see any visible signs of gaps, cracks, etc. where water could be entering. There appears to be Butyl tape used with the edges sealed with a clear substance I can only assume is silicone (choke!). I am not in the position to remove the windows
at this point and cannot find Butyl tape here in Calgary however Home Depot sells a Butyl caulking. Would you recommend scraping off the outer silicone (?) seal and caulking as a temporary fix until I can remove the windows and re-tape?? I have read many other posts but no one has really answered the Butyl caulking question
. I am fairly handy but no craftperson and not in a position to take on removing the windows at this point nor do I have a garage or sheltered location to undertake the project. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
Overwhelmed but always optimistic Tracy