Sone thing I always must spend time with folks who have water leaks stopped.
Today after a fluids check and once around the block we hope to deliver this project still under construction. Hey, that’s normal…..a guy is giving his personal touch to his coach “dot” but some things he doesn’t want to learn on so they bring them to us for that.
He had 1 small window rubbers replaced but for some reason that’s as far as they went. The rest of his windows had corners pulled away any really shrunk short rubbers.
You may remember me giving you a blow by blow of 2 window rebuild projects going on I think last week.
So remember, we’ve been talking about how all those aluminum plates are glued and riveted together and about all those seams and all that flexing movement these bodies have.
Lemme stop a minute to maybe add a little diversity……I was sitting in my office and heard a rumbling sound coming from the big house……I walked out and found Jared over playing with Tin Soldier.He had Tin Soldier at the Taly GMCMI convention if you were the. He first road trip in a GMC…..he found out right away about the magnification of the “fishbowl” windshields of a GMC. That slanted glass may look cool but driving into the sun its hot! So he was testing the new dash AC system he installed to his unusual to say the least Tin Soldier dash…..here it is with his new “in dash” AC system…..complete with cup holdersNow boys and girls some of that last pic may disturbed you but hey…..someone has to try things. I personally loved the Tucker dash! It may take a few minutes to take in what Jared did There……..I’ll let you chew on that while the rest of us go back to water leaks………
Back to the flexible body and all those flex joints. As you can see, the junction of all those plates at the top outside corners were attended to as was the entire top and sides of the windshield gasket to the body.a’ll that 45 years of good intended silicone was removed, the original butyl tape was dug out and fresh RTV was put in. Actually under the windshield gaskets we used Bobdn-Seal, the same stuff we use under the rails.
This “flexible body totally relies that the elastomer rate (adhesion under stress) is strong enough to not pop loose under some unexpected body stress. This is a real fact probably 2 times as important as any other vehicle. I would take care on uneven surfaces that put the flexible body in a twist. I big pothole, a rough rock road all can stress the body seams and cause a new leak where before everything was fine. I swear this is true. I can give you many examples 1 even played out on Facebook the gut not understand this and had leaks shortly after I sealed his coach. He travel blogged he was going down all kinds of back roads I tho k getting stuck once………pointed at me as the object of his scorn. This is why I have this conversation with each customer we do this work with.
Its kinda like that “The More You Know” network show……..now you know sealing a coach has no guaranty you will pull out of a gas station with a steep ramp and pop a seam. Water leaks are a vigilant quest……UV will kill any exposed sealant which there is a pile on a GMC.
On this project, the Windows were renewedhere you can see the thin black sealant between the window frame and the body. The new rubbers are installed…..all of them! If you remember there had been 1 small window having the rubbers put in………the window had not been removed, the funky butyl sealant had not been removed and fresh RTV installed……..the rubber had started to shrink…….had been put in stretched to go in but shrunk back down…..The window frame was cleaned, prepped and painted with a special self etching satin black trim paint also painting the rubbers to protect them as much as possible from UV.
All the side windows got that treatment plus the original driver/passenger slider window gets were replacedHow much? The delta are $12 a window, $2 a window for the vertical felt and 1 house labor average for both windows. Wann do it yourself? $28 and a few cuss words you never considered! At least the first time you do it…..oh, that’s right….you only have 1 motorhome. This is how the horror stories you see on Facebook get started. Someone complaining because they tried to do something they had no idea what was going on but felt it important to do it themselves…….guys, have fun, do what you can to make it yours but don’t invent wheels when others have that figured out. In the end the project will cost less for the positive outcome you want……….its just so.
So this soon to be pretty puppy should have no leaks for a while unless you do any “dune riding” or the sealant doesn’t bake from the sun. Watch out for uneven details, pothole a and hit speedbumps really slowly!
This was my “101” on water leaks……now be forewarned
See ya tomorrow and thanks for the visit….