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wopachop

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Ive never used it before. 3/4" seems most common. Does the 1" become a waste because it hangs over an edge and doesnt make contact anyway?

I had a lot of small leaks last winter. Need to seal pretty much everything. Water heater is first on the list. Also have to do every single window. I think good ole forest river used self leveling sealant on my windows. Because its been dripping out for years.

Also is there any reason to not buy white? Maybe less sticky? Turns brown anyway? I see white, gray, and black. My trailer trim is all white.

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Posted: 10/07/20 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Buy the width you need, just be sure it is butyl and not putty tape.





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Buy white if your trim is white, I would go 1" because a little extra never hurt anything. The make other colors for different color trims, like houses.


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The trick with butyl is not to fasten things down super tight. Better off to install the item a bit on the loose side and tighten it after a day or two.

Excess butyl can be peeled of, rolled in a ball and kept in an air tight container where it will remain pliable forever !

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Do some choose non sag sealant instead? Could be more forgiving to changes in gap size.

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wopachop wrote:

Do some choose non sag sealant instead? Could be more forgiving to changes in gap size.


Risk may be that it acts like adhesive, if you're talking about putting it around the window cutout and bedding the window in it. Then you'll be in a real pickle. [emoticon]


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Tighten the window screws every year. Replace butyl tape every 10. The flexing of the coach will compress the tape necessitating retightening. After 10 years the tape is fully compressed and dried out hence replacing.

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My trailer had problems even at 3 years old. I really hate forest river. They didnt even screw my roof together properly. THe techs who installed my windows were completely high, I hope. Im talking up for 3 days on meth high. Still learning about trailers but i think they must have used self leveling sealant on my windows. That has been self leveling its way down the sides of my trailer since i bought it.

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Lynnmor wrote:

Buy the width you need, just be sure it is butyl and not putty tape.
Thanks for the advice. Im seeing a lot of them advertised at butyl/putty.

If butyl is in the name does that make it ok?

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