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Old 01-08-2009, 05:32 PM   #1
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Okay I know how you guys love to give advice, here's one for you. I have a leak .....THANK GOODNESS ITS NOT MY front or back window....I think I have it solved.....
Under my sink is the vent tube for my furnace leading out. When I first got the Scamp this is where I discovered one of many leaks. So I took off the metal frame (think picture frame with out the glass, 6 -1/4" stainless steel screws, and the screen to keep out critters. When I reinstalled it I used butyl tape, then the screen, then the frame, reinstalled using stainless screws. I use my furnace A LOT...cause I can ......so when I was standing outside looking for potential holes I notice the vent exhaust thing is very hot. So I look at the butyl and its even more gooey than chewing gum.....so what I believe to be happening is each time I use my furnace it "melts" the butyl. Then as I travel down the road, the newly soft butyl shifts, causing gaps making it possible for water to enter. So obviously I need to rethink this, and I'm guessing butyl wasn't meant to go there.....whats the solution?....the picture is under the sink when I first got my trailer...
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Old 01-08-2009, 05:56 PM   #2
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Dam.... Ya shoudda bought a Trillium LOL!!!!

WOW, that is a poser. I am stumped as to what kind of sealant you should use for those 'hot spots'!!!
Automotive types often use a 'gasket goop' for various needs but I have no idea how hot this stuff is good for before meltdown occurs. Unless someone else in here has an answer, I'd suggest calling your closest r/v dealer (or better yet, call the Good Folks [at] Scamp) and run it by them and be sure to get back to the rest of us with the results.

You mentioned 'many' leaks, where else does the water come in???

Our GEM [at] The Fort is only about 3 wet months away, we need to get ya dried up before then.....
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Old 01-08-2009, 06:07 PM   #3
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Good idea I'll call scamp tomorrow......lets see leaks in my trailer thus far (when it came to me)........both side windows......the vent........the stove pipe vent........behind the fridge......front window....oh hevens the door was awful.....well that about covers it.....lucky for me the trailer must have been taken care of initially...then it was "gifted to a young married couple who had no intentions of camping...thus my good fortune came about.....so I think it was only a short period of time the leaking was not seen after....previous to that I would have to guess it was stored undercover.


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Dam.... Ya shoudda bought a Trillium LOL!!!!

WOW, that is a poser. I am stumped as to what kind of sealant you should use for those 'hot spots'!!!
Automotive types often use a 'gasket goop' for various needs but I have no idea how hot this stuff is good for before meltdown occurs. Unless someone else in here has an answer, I'd suggest calling your closest r/v dealer (or better yet, call the Good Folks [at] Scamp) and run it by them and be sure to get back to the rest of us with the results.

You mentioned 'many' leaks, where else does the water come in???

Our GEM [at] The Fort is only about 3 wet months away, we need to get ya dried up before then.....
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Old 01-08-2009, 08:42 PM   #4
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I use this.
http://www.allstategasket.com/info_gasket_..._style-1115.asp

The 1/8th inch material is the one I use.
Significant gaps can be handled by doubling it up.

Cut the template out of paper, then cut out of this material using a razor knife...it will last a lifetime.

The stuff you were using is good only to 180 degrees tops.

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Old 01-08-2009, 11:07 PM   #5
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THANK YOU!!!!!


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I use this.
http://www.allstategasket.com/info_gasket_..._style-1115.asp

The 1/8th inch material is the one I use.
Significant gaps can be handled by doubling it up.

Cut the template out of paper, then cut out of this material using a razor knife...it will last a lifetime.

The stuff you were using is good only to 180 degrees tops.

Harry
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:45 PM   #6
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I was thinking about suggesting silicone bake ware for a gasket, this looks to be about the same.
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Old 01-09-2009, 06:18 AM   #7
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As a Plumber and haveing insalled a few boilers I know they also make a High Temp silicon that I used on the exhaust pipes of the boilers.
Can not remember the brand or name but any stove or plumbing shop will be able to get it for you.
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You are correct, it is the same except it is certified food grade. A flat silicone bake ware lid would work cut to size. Very resourceful! I brought it up to my wife and her lids disappeared? lol.

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After reading your comment I laughed so hard I started coughing. ROFL
Thanks I needed that.

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A flat silicone bake ware lid would work cut to size. Very resourceful! I brought it up to my wife and her lids disappeared? lol.

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PC Epoxy Hi: Brandy... Check out fahrenheit epoxy putty. Just might do the trick...I think its avail at Home Depot.
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