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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby mbergen » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:02 am

Atomic77 wrote:A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. (Or woman of course) Sorry for your pain, I feel it believe me. Run a tape line at both sides of the butyl, mask off the plexi and camper, then shoot it. !

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What type of tape would you recommend?
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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:05 am

mbergen wrote:
Atomic77 wrote:A man's gotta do what a man's gotta do. (Or woman of course) Sorry for your pain, I feel it believe me. Run a tape line at both sides of the butyl, mask off the plexi and camper, then shoot it. !

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What type of tape would you recommend?
Just use 3M masking tape. I would use fine line tape on the acrylic because it bends easier, then mask the rest. I really think if you make the grey go away you'll hardly notice it's not factory. Black it out and move on with your life. Lol. Good luck my friend.

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:09 am

Oh hey, can you take an Exacto knife on the inside and trim the excess butyl first? Then on the outside when you mask a line you can run it straighter and not have as much area to cover. Does that make sense?

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby mbergen » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:25 am

Atomic77 wrote:Oh hey, can you take an Exacto knife on the inside and trim the excess butyl first? Then on the outside when you mask a line you can run it straighter and not have as much area to cover. Does that make sense?

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I’ll give this a try. Thanks!
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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:29 am

mbergen wrote:
Atomic77 wrote:Oh hey, can you take an Exacto knife on the inside and trim the excess butyl first? Then on the outside when you mask a line you can run it straighter and not have as much area to cover. Does that make sense?

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I’ll give this a try. Thanks!
Let me know if you run into issues. I like your build, by the way. Nice work. Carrie says she loves the wood

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby mbergen » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:33 am

Atomic77 wrote:
I’ll give this a try. Thanks!
Let me know if you run into issues. I like your build, by the way. Nice work. Carrie says she loves the wood

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Thank you, I may try to do a camping trip or two before covering it with tape just to make sure it is truly dry, I just did a test with a garden hose and spray nozzle.

It was leaking at first but I tightened a couple screws a little more and added more butyl tape at the edge and it stopped the two leaks.

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Sat Jun 29, 2019 10:45 am

mbergen wrote:
Atomic77 wrote:
I’ll give this a try. Thanks!
Let me know if you run into issues. I like your build, by the way. Nice work. Carrie says she loves the wood

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Thank you, I may try to do a camping trip or two before covering it with tape just to make sure it is truly dry, I just did a test with a garden hose and spray nozzle.

It was leaking at first but I tightened a couple screws a little more and added more butyl tape at the edge and it stopped the two leaks.

Meg.[/quote]Good work. Hopefully it will continue to work for you. I just finished completely rebuilding another one. Maybe I'll get another year...

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby plectrudis » Sun Jun 30, 2019 12:57 pm

Is the model that everyone is having trouble with this one that's currently posted on the Vintage Technologies site?

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42" x 12" Horizontal Window with 1/2 screen, tinted windows, black aluminum frame

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I was thinking of installing this one, but if it's the same that's caused all of y'all so much grief, then I'm going to have it give it a hard pass.. :thumbdown:
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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 1:02 pm

plectrudis wrote:Is the model that everyone is having trouble with this one that's currently posted on the Vintage Technologies site?

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42" x 12" Horizontal Window with 1/2 screen, tinted windows, black aluminum frame

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I was thinking of installing this one, but if it's the same that's caused all of y'all so much grief, then I'm going to have it give it a hard pass..
No. Not it. Keep in mind, that one is for "vertical" use.

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Modstock » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:13 pm

Why not use urethane like on windshields ?

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:42 pm

Modstock wrote:Why not use urethane like on windshields ?

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It's been done. There have been a list of attempted fixes. These are a faulty product

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 11:16 am

Well, I have now lost track on how many times and which windows I've done what on. It's crazy that I've had so much trouble on both. As of late, we camped through the weekend with two storms rolling through, with no leaks. I am convinced it has to do with the expansion rates of dissimilar materials, combined with the twisting and flexing associated with expansion and contraction of the coach itself. These windows are not constructed to take the movement. For now, we are dry...

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby nicoleandkyle » Tue Jul 09, 2019 4:41 pm

I was literally about to place an order for one of these windows today until reading this. Thanks for the info, everyone! Definitely just going to skip it for now. Maybe they will make a better product in the future and I can install it then

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby Atomic77 » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:40 pm

nicoleandkyle wrote:I was literally about to place an order for one of these windows today until reading this. Thanks for the info, everyone! Definitely just going to skip it for now. Maybe they will make a better product in the future and I can install it then

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What company were you going to place the order with, if you don't mind me asking

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Re: Stargazer Window Leak-Caulk???

Postby nicoleandkyle » Tue Jul 09, 2019 9:52 pm

Atomic77 wrote:
nicoleandkyle wrote:I was literally about to place an order for one of these windows today until reading this. Thanks for the info, everyone! Definitely just going to skip it for now. Maybe they will make a better product in the future and I can install it then

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What company were you going to place the order with, if you don't mind me asking

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Hi! https://www.teardroptrailerparts.com/ is the website, and I'm still planning to purchase 3 different windows with them. Was hoping to place my order tomorrow. Do you have any advice for or against that?

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