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Old 10-02-2012, 07:12 AM   #1
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Windows, leaks, and misc.

The PO of my Scamp 19' had taken out several of the windows, put silicone "goop" in and reinserted them with bolts. I haven't noticed any leaks but for someone to drill all the rivets and micky mouse a fix like this there must have been a problem at one time. Is this common? I think I've read on here, several times in fact, that silicone isn't a good fix for sealing fiberglass. Also, would the original rivets be better than stainless screws around the windows?
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Old 10-02-2012, 09:57 AM   #2
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Steve, the windows come from the factory with screws making them easy to remove or at least the newer ones do for sure - mines a 92 and its has only screws. The use of slicone and rivits is as you say the "micky mouse" fix that will normally fail at some point in the not so distant future. Better to pull them and use butyl tape to reseal them and its a good bet you will never have to think about them again as long as you own the trailer and most probable the future owner as well.
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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Thanks! Actually I think this came riveted as the windows that appear to not have been touched have rivets and the ones that obviously have been worked on have bolts. It's an 84 so pretty old.
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My 1988 came with screws through the clamp ring on all windows from the factory. The door window is a different story....
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Old 10-03-2012, 06:38 AM   #5
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They all have silicon on them but the ones that look the worst and most amateurish are the ones with "bolts" no screws. They must have drilled them out.
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Old 10-03-2012, 07:16 PM   #6
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Any pictures Steve?
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:00 PM   #7
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Sorry Donna, no close ups. I need to get over where it's stored and take some of the windows as well as the finish to see if anyone has a fix for that also.
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Do you have the black rounded frame windows or do you have the square jalose mill finish aluminum frame window. Not sure of the change over year.
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They are the black round windows, probably new style. I think someone drilled them out.
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Sounds like the PO was really determined to stop the leaks. I would try to salvage what you have first. Pull the windows clean up the silicone and rebed the windows with the good butyl tape. Since the PO drilled the holes, fastner spacing may also come into play with the flexable fiberglass shell. As a last resort you may have to start over, fill the holes with epoxy putty and install new windows with the proper backing flanges.
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Old 10-04-2012, 04:10 PM   #11
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I stopped by the camper on my way home from work. Unfortunately I didn't bring a camera. On the inside of the windows there are screws on all the windows. On the outside there are rivets on some and bolts/posts with nuts on them on the others.
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