Belt line seal leak - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-22-2020, 12:29 PM   #1
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Belt line seal leak

Does anyone have experience with the belt line seal letting in water?
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Old 06-22-2020, 01:50 PM   #2
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No ; but that’s probably cause I never heard of a
“ Belt line seal “ !
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Old 06-22-2020, 02:10 PM   #3
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Of course he means what is more commonly called the belly band, and yes, it can leak. Itís more common on some makes than others depending on how the halves are joined. I donít know about the Ventura.

Window and vent leaks are more common, and since water can travel some distance from the source before appearing, Iíd rule them out first.

A garden hose on trickle or a watering can with a narrow spout allows you to target potential leak points. Work from the bottom up, and allow time for water to appear before moving on.
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Google. Belly band on Trilliums is a well known defect and removing the band, grinding out all the plates, and patching the fiberglass is the time tested repair.

Love my Trillium but they had some serious design flaws that have to be repaired: belly bands, rotten wood around windows, rotten wood where door hinges attach, and body to frame bolts. Pre 1976 had a recall for their frames. Front body bolts went right through frame at the same place frame was mechanically bent. Frames cracked.

First thing I look at when I see pictures of a used belly band. If it still has the old trim, I know I will be grinding and patching.
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