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Old 04-27-2011, 07:28 PM   #1
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hello all!
need to do some repair work on the windows of my 1969 13' foot leaky boler - it's been recommended to me to use outdoor all season silicone - could someone back that advice up for me? or offer me something different?
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:36 PM   #2
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No silicone, butyl tape.
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Old 04-27-2011, 09:59 PM   #3
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DH did all of ours with butyl tape.
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Old 04-27-2011, 11:16 PM   #4
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Old 04-28-2011, 07:37 AM   #5
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Doesn't using the butyl tape involve having to pull the window out completely to reseal it?? How hard is it to do this as I think I have leaks at the bottom of each of my end windows and one side window on my 76 Scamp.!?!
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I know this will probably make several people retch, but I did use caulk around our side UHaul windows. However, the caulk was butyl-based. Does this make it better than the dreaded silicone?
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Old 04-28-2011, 04:59 PM   #7
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I know this will probably make several people retch, but I did use caulk around our side UHaul windows. However, the caulk was butyl-based. Does this make it better than the dreaded silicone?
Caulking will only fill a small crack- 1/8" or less, butyl tape will fill the void. which one do you think will last- I'm betting on the tape vs caulk. Anyone want to bet?
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:06 PM   #8
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I say do it right with the tape and then do it again in 30 years.
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I say do it right with the tape and then do it again in 30 years.
Exactly....
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Old 04-28-2011, 05:49 PM   #10
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No recommended re the use of caulking from me either. Pull the windows and use Butyl - using caulking will be a short term fix.
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Old 04-28-2011, 08:17 PM   #11
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Carol and others have it right. Caulk (NO silicone) is a temporary fix for a permanent problem until done right. And as Murphy's Law can attest, you'll find your temporary fix has given out at the worst possible time... like a pouring rainstorm while you're out camping.

If your Boler window (front or back) needs new gasket and lockstrip... you can get those from Scamp among other places. Windows with metal frames... pull, cleanup and put butyl between the frame and body, screw/bolt (whatever) back in place and trim the squeezed out excess butyl with a plastic knife.

Easy, peasy
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I agree with Greg on this one. do it right and don't worry about it for a very long time.

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I will be doing this on my 1976 Scamp in the near future.I only have a leak at the front window but I am gonna go ahead and do all of the windows.
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Carol and others have it right. Caulk (NO silicone) is a temporary fix for a permanent problem until done right. And as Murphy's Law can attest, you'll find your temporary fix has given out at the worst possible time... like a pouring rainstorm while you're out camping.
If your Boler window (front or back) needs new gasket and lockstrip... you can get those from Scamp among other places. Windows with metal frames... pull, cleanup and put butyl between the frame and body, screw/bolt (whatever) back in place and trim the squeezed out excess butyl with a plastic knife.
Easy, peasy
Our Boler was professionally repainted--with windows pulled--before we bought it last October. The windows all have what appears to be silicone around them but I wouldn't really know. Is there any way, without pulling windows out, to tell if butyl tape was used? As the trailer looks lovely and didn't leak on our last six week trip even in heavy downpours, should we just leave well enough alone for now and simply redo the sealant around the windows until such time as we do have a problem?
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