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Old 06-21-2012, 01:35 PM   #1
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Scamp seam tape

Before replacing the old yellowed seam tape,do I need to do any prep work?As in cleaning the surface with rubbing alcohol?
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:52 PM   #2
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You have tape on the seal around the middle?

I need to recaulk that on mine. There's nothing but cracking caulking, no tape.

Where do you get this tape? What kind is it?
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:50 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=dylanear;316511]You have tape on the seal around the middle?

I need to recaulk that on mine. There's nothing but cracking caulking, no tape.

Where do you get this tape? What kind is it?[/QUOTE
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Old 06-21-2012, 05:56 PM   #4
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Oops...my two clumsy typing thumbs hit the wrong button.I was asking about sealing the interior seams on the old elephant hide.Looks like you were asking about the seal on the exterior belly band.
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Old 06-21-2012, 06:19 PM   #5
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Scamp store sells the tape for elephant hide seams, some folks have questioned it's sticking quality as it is less expensive than other sources of same general product. Hopefully they will weigh in with link to those other sources to give you a choice if you desire.

Some use 3M spray on glue (77 if I recall) as a supplement to the scamp tape built in adhesive, available at big box home improvement & most hardware stores.

I have the scamp tape but am just now getting ready to test a couple of small seams to see how it sticks. Already removed the old yellow crud covered stuff that was there.

On the belly band it's not actually a "seal" it's just cosmetic (or supposed to be) when the top and bottom half of a scamp are put together they fiberglass the inside wall at the seam so it "should" be totally water tight. The aluminum belly band just hides the lip that is on the top and bottom when they come out of the mold.

People do caulk the top of the belly band to keep dirt from collecting there, acrylic latex caulk works well. Just need a tiny bead to fill in the gap between edge of aluminum and wall of trailer. And don't do if it's really hot and sunny, the hot aluminum can cause a near instant cure of the caulk. (found out the hard way)

That said mine had a huge snake of silicon caulk that took two days to remove and it turned out was keeping water from a chip right at the seam that did leak. Chip was hidden by belly band, but looking at band after locating leak I could see it had scraped something right at that spot.
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When I did the seams I hot glued the tape.
No matter how clean the Ensolite is the tape does not stick very well.
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Old 06-22-2012, 05:37 AM   #7
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Well,I found out just how sticky the Scamp seal tape is.When I checked later,most of it had come loose.So I guess I"ll get out the hot glue gun.But the new white tape sure looks better than the old yellowed stuff.
Thanks all for the help.
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Old 06-22-2012, 07:28 AM   #8
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Check out Roof Leak Repair Products & Sealing Tape | EternaBond®. I used this on an RV (fiberglass roof) and the metal roof on my home. I will use it again if needed. I really sticks well and you can get it wide enough to go over other seams.
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:36 PM   #9
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Interesting. I was on the roof of my Travco thinking of how I was gonna clean up that ugly looking seam. I was gonna just scrape it down and flood it with Dicor self leveling caulk. I wonder if I have tape under the existing Caulk ?
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Old 06-24-2012, 09:37 PM   #10
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Well,I found out just how sticky the Scamp seal tape is.When I checked later,most of it had come loose.So I guess I"ll get out the hot glue gun.But the new white tape sure looks better than the old yellowed stuff.
Thanks all for the help.
Could you post some pics ? The Scamp looks very similar in design to my Travco and I can not get any parts for it so Scamp tape maybe what I need.
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I just started my seam tape replacement today. Finished the dining end. I used 3M 77 spray glue as a "helper" on the long runs and where one seam crossed over another. Did not see anything coming unstuck. Time will tell.

I will say I spent a lot of time both scrubbing and rinsing my ensolite, scrubbing because it was filthy, rinsing because tape or glue won't stick well to soap and cleaners.

Too late tonight to get pictures but if nothing gets posted by Mon evening I'll post one.
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Old 06-25-2012, 01:44 PM   #12
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I used hot glue and the seam tape is holding.
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:14 PM   #13
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Could you post some pics ? The Scamp looks very similar in design to my Travco and I can not get any parts for it so Scamp tape maybe what I need.
The 3M spray glue (77) seems to hold ok so far. Going to have temps near 100 this week so we shall see. The glue on that tape is really not that good. Maybe on a smooth surface but ensolite is textured.

Close up picture
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/m...icture2259.jpg

broader view of several seams
http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/m...icture2260.jpg

Wrong links had to change.
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I've used the spray on upholstery glue(at most auto parts stores on my 'ratfur' seams and had not problems-really sticks.
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