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Old 02-10-2012, 04:28 PM   #43
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Very nice post.
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Old 03-14-2012, 07:08 PM   #44
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I finally reinstalled my UHaul windows having rebuilt them earlier.

There is a nice tool to install the locking strip in the outer weather strip, but I was too cheap to spend $20 or so for it. I went to the Dollar Tree and bought a two screwdriver set for $1. I knew it would be soft steel so I chopped off the end, bent it as shown and ground it a little flatter. I removed all vice marks with a little steel file and some sand paper so it wouldn't cut the rubber. It worked super slick. The way to use it is to insert one end of the locking strip in the slot, then work away from that end with the nose of the tool leading as you part the rubber strip. Use lots of liquid soap.

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Old 03-15-2012, 01:05 PM   #45
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Beautiful job, very nice tool!
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Old 03-15-2012, 03:53 PM   #46
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OK, Thomas,

You just undid Donna D's work ! She just put Bridgette's information into a pdf in the documents section. Now, it is out of date!!

Nice job!

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OK, Thomas,

You just undid Donna D's work ! She just put Bridgette's information into a pdf in the documents section. Now, it is out of date!!

Nice job!

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I know. I did it just to mess with her...



Incidentally, after I got my rear window installed I realized that the RV dealer had sold me putty when I asked for butyl caulk. I got the right stuff today. It is lighter in color, smoother and when pulled, forms into a very thin string like chewing gum. The rolls don't seem to be marked well - just packaged in waxed paper and cardboard with no labeling. There is a big difference in stickiness.
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Are you coming to the fish fry in Indiana in May, Thomas? I just think I would like to put a face to the sense of humor and creative suggestions you share.

I have for two years been cranking around the idea of hosting a rally myself. If you can't make the fry, maybe I will get in gear next summer and find a site in northern IL, eastern IA or southern WI.

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Are you coming to the fish fry in Indiana in May, Thomas? I just think I would like to put a face to the sense of humor and creative suggestions you share.

I have for two years been cranking around the idea of hosting a rally myself. If you can't make the fry, maybe I will get in gear next summer and find a site in northern IL, eastern IA or southern WI.

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Sorry, the DW still is toiling in the salt mines, thus has to work until late June. I'd love to go to a rally and meet you fine folks sometime, though.
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I hear you. We both work too, so we can only go to weekend rallies. We expect that since Social Security may not be around when we retire that we will be in this situation forever, weekend campers. Guess we sleep in the camper on the parking pad

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UPDATE:

After rebuilding my UHaul windows I am still getting a small leak. From inside I can see that water is over topping the U channel at the bottom. I think that the issue is that when I cut the little windows in the U channel, I cut out the side but not the bottom. So, I carefully pulled the channel up and used an Exacto knife to cut the bottom of the U channel out to allow more drainage.

The way these windows work is that the fuzzy stuff on the U channel seals loosely to the glass but some water leaks past into the aluminum channel. The rectangular holes are supposed to drain the water out of the channel faster than it leaks in. If the water doesn't leak out the rectangular holes fast enough, it overflows into the inside. I also found a family of tiny worms living in one drain hole.

Additionally, I did not caulk the outer locking rubber weather strip when I installed it, but it made me uneasy because it seems like it would be easy for it not to seal the top surface completely. So, today I pulled it away from the body gently with a plastic interior trim removal tool and carelessly fed in thin strips of butyl caulk, then pressed it back in place. The UHaul repair manual suggests caulking this same area (though with silicone ), so I'm assuming it is a known weakness.

Trim removal tools I used were similar to these, key is plastic to not scratch the gelcoat. 5 Piece Auto Trim and Molding Tool Set
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Just got our finish today. Add some tip from a windows installer.

I have use silycone spray to get everithing in place. It went more than since I was able to do the each side and the door in less than an hours. I started with soapy water but was not easy.

I also used a strip lock tool that I could rent for free at my local car window repear shop.

I still have some water infiltration. I did replace do brand new every part of the windows.

Tom dis you figure what to do to get a 100% lrak proof windows?

Does anybody as some kind of tip in what to do for a leakproof job?


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Does anybody as some kind of tip in what to do for a leakproof job?
It depends on where it's leaking...
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Tom dis you figure what to do to get a 100% leak proof windows?

Does anybody as some kind of tip in what to do for a leakproof job?


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Did you cut the drain holes in the U channel? That is very important.
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Old 06-01-2012, 08:29 AM   #56
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TOM: I just cut every channel and it seem to help a lot. Will have to remove one windows and reposition the seal joint. I have tryed to put it on the bottom but it seems a lot better on the side. I also add in the joint some butyl tape to make sure the area is leak proof and it does work.

You are right about the importance of the draining chanel.

By the way, I saw that you did put a gaz fridge. To you have some pics about your side wall mounth. this is the project I will be working on this WE.


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