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Old 03-29-2012, 10:08 PM   #1
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My Havasu project

I decided to make a posting to keep track of all of the progress on my Havasu. It will be a long project as I have to start using it right away and won't have a ton of money to spend on it. This year will mostly be quick fixes just to get me on the road and dry but I am being careful not to let quick fixes become tomorrows major hassles. Here are some photos of it as I got it.
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My major goals for this year are to make it water tight and get my Subaru ready to tow. The back window was leaking and is cracked in three places. the bolts are all painted over with silver coating so thick that I can't just take it out and replace the glass. It had about 5 layers of silicone and various other caulks and two layers of duck tape from the several attempts to stop the leaking. I'm afraid I didn't do much better. I had some tub caulking tape which is basically plastic tape that bends in the middle with putty on each side. I used that to completely enclose the cracks since they had been pushed out of alignment. I scraped off as much of the silicone and tape as I could stand and went over all the seems with a fresh clear silicone. I also went completely around the caulking tape so that the cracks are in their own little waterproof bubble. Hopefully that will keep it water type till the end of the summer.
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By the way, I am always open to suggestions and information. Any input is welcome.
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Silly-cone? AAAAARRRRRGGGGGHHHHH!!!!!

Please, please please do not use any more of the "devil's own goop"!

Somehow silicon (silly-cone) manages to combine a couple of "interesting" attributes. It will not stick worth a (censored) to fiberglass, yet it is impossible to get off! On fiberglass it does not prevent leaks, yet anything applied OVER it (or where it used to be) won't work properly either!

It is difficult to remove, cannot be painted over and has very few redeeming qualities (and that's just the good points!!! )

However, it will likely last for the upcoming season.

For any further caulking you may want to do, please - for the sake of your own future sanity - use any kind of other caulk except silly-cone.

There are many threads on this forum about the many sealers and caulks, with general consensus being that butyl rubber is the very best, with Dicor being not too bad.
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Thanks for the advice. I did see one such post, but the window was already a done deal. The silicone is only on the aluminum and lexan though. It isn't touching the fiberglass. When I put the drip guard above the door I will make sure to get butyl tape or a fiberglass friendly caulk instead.
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Angela, you are already learning! I agree with you... just get it leak free, cleaned up, safe to go down the road and then get out and use it. That alone will tell you what kinds of changes you want to make so this trailer is exactly perfect for you. Silicone... gad, I hate that stuff.
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If you post some close-up photo's of some of you problems I'm sure you will get lot's of good idea's from the members on here...Believe me it's better to ask before hand than do something that will need to be ripped out later....And remember that the "ONLY" stupid question is the one that was never asked .........
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