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Old 07-21-2011, 11:12 AM   #1
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Sealing Uhaul Tailights?

What do Uhaul owners use to seal their tailights? The rubber gasket that goes on the fiberglass). Do you use anything at all? I previously had leaky tailights that leaked into the camper. Sealed the gasket with butyl putty tape. Took the gasket because the it looked messy, because my brother had a problem with a blown bulb. He took the gasket off instead of unscrewing the lens cover to access the bulb (don't know why). Now I don't know if I should retape or not. I pulled 1 tailight off, & it's a mess from the tape (sticky mess on rubber).

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Old 07-23-2011, 08:43 PM   #2
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What do Uhaul owners use to seal their tailights? The rubber gasket that goes on the fiberglass). Do you use anything at all? I previously had leaky tailights that leaked into the camper. Sealed the gasket with butyl putty tape. Took the gasket because the it looked messy, because my brother had a problem with a blown bulb. He took the gasket off instead of unscrewing the lens cover to access the bulb (don't know why). Now I don't know if I should retape or not. I pulled 1 tailight off, & it's a mess from the tape (sticky mess on rubber).

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Old 07-23-2011, 09:04 PM   #3
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You'd never going wrong with buytl putty. It stays soft forever, squishes out cleanly and is easy to clean off.
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Old 07-24-2011, 11:23 AM   #4
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The guy before me sealed them with silicone, it does the job but most people here hate silicone.
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Old 07-24-2011, 02:09 PM   #5
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James is right. Silicone does work (temporarily), the problems occur when you've got to get it ALL off.
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James is right. Silicone does work (temporarily), the problems occur when you've got to get it ALL off.
Thanks so much for your answers. Sick of silicone. Yet all the rv places in my neck of the woods think silicone is the answer to all leaks. Doesn't matter if they tell they have worked on a Scamp before. I'm finally trying to do repairs myself after them making things worse (@ $117.00/hour labor charges.

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Patty, you CAN do this. Smart to keep the $$ in your pocket too... spend it on fuel to go camping. I consider all these types of fixes to be sweat equity. YMMV
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I know this is an old post, but what did you finally do about sealing your taillights? Did you find a replacement gasket? Need to start some work on mine.
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Old 07-30-2012, 05:35 PM   #9
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Patti,
I sealed the black gasket with butyl tape, but I put too much on one tail light, & I had to do that one over. Also, I put foam window seal (the kind that comes on a roll that you use for wind drafts Frost King? sold at Ace Hardware for the inside outer lip of the lenses. You have to kind of work the seal in there. Seemed to work for me..
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