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Old 03-07-2017, 07:09 PM   #1
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New Member of the leaking windshield club

Hi Everyone - Maybe not a new member I think it has been leaking for a while but seems to be getting a little worse. So I've read many threads and posts about other peoples experience with it. I'm probably not going to a complete cleaning and rust removal process as others have done.

I did climb up yesterday and put a silicon bead most of the way around the clearance marker lights and drilled a small hole in the bottom to let any water out that may get in hoping that was it but we had a dozy of a rain and high wind storm here in Crossville last night and darn I found some water on the dash.

As my next step I had also bought a black roll of 3 inch wide roll of Eternabond to run a strip across the top half of the windshield seal and a little onto the front cap. Well 3 inches is way too wide, my bad for not checking before I ordered. I'll probably order a 2 inch wide roll and go with that.

I guess my only question is to see if others had had good or bad success with this type of repair using Eternabond across the top of the seal.

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Old 03-07-2017, 07:44 PM   #2
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As my next step I had also bought a black roll of 3 inch wide roll of Eternabond to run a strip across the top half of the windshield seal and a little onto the front cap. Well 3 inches is way too wide, my bad for not checking before I ordered. I'll probably order a 2 inch wide roll and go with that.

I guess my only question is to see if others had had good or bad success with this type of repair using Eternabond across the top of the seal.

Thanks
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Sorry to have to say 'welcome' to this club. I've been a member for quite some time. I spent $3,800 to do what I thought was the proper, long-term repair, which included replacing both windshield glass, grinding and replacing sections of the windshield frame and replacement of the Reveal molding. About 18 months or so later, I discovered it was all for not.

So, when I discovered that the rusted / leaking windshield frame issue was back, I bought 4" electrical tape from Amazon. Other widths are available but this seems to have been a good choice for me, as it is wide enough to reach from the front-cap, over the Reveal molding, and down to the windshield glass. Also, the tape is super flexible so it's easier to lay down and reposition as you go along and if you want to replace it, as I just did, no mess to deal with upon removal. -RT
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:11 PM   #3
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Ricardo -Thanks for the information! It may be an option for me. I am a little worried about using eternabond and what it might leave behind if it needed redoing at some point. I guess my thinking was that I would put it on and never have to worry about it again.

So I take it you've had good luck with the electric and tape?

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Don't use silicone but use the type that is required for the RV. I found mine only leaked when I was parked or coming to a stop in the rain. Reseal the front cap and all the way down the side of the cap. If you have a ladder try to see if you can lift the side edges of the cap. They never seal around it that good. The water will run down the gutters like a hose and guess we're it ends up. Check your rear cap too and reseal it.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:45 PM   #5
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Instead of the Eternabond or black electric tape I went with the EZE RV Gutter product that others had recommended. A stick-on black gutter that I installed directly above the windshield trim. Blends in with the trim and diverts the water off to each side. You might want to check it out... CWorld and Amazon and other places.
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Old 03-08-2017, 07:43 AM   #6
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Thanks everyone. I'm going to go out this morning and check the cap seam on the side. From the ground it looks OK but maybe a tug on it will revel something.

Johndale - what did you use to seal it with? I looked at the sealant call-out sheet but wasn't sure what to use.
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Ricardo,

What brand / type of electrical tape did you use? A link???

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I have thought of using Eternabond tape, but that stuff is mean to remove.
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So I take it you've had good luck with the electric and tape?

Ben
Yes, and the $15 roll of tape repair has lasted far longer than the $3,800 full-blown repair. I did recently change out the original tape I laid down, but mostly just to raise it up a little higher and straighter than the first 'repair' that I installed rather quickly, thinking that it would be a temporary repair. My wife decided differently for me: $15 or another $3,800? She ordered me a second roll and said I could buy a taller ladder! -RT

PS: Hopefully I was clear in stating that the tape was used only for sealing the Reveal molding across the top of the windshield. I didn't use it to seal the front-end cap to the roof or the sides of the front-end cap to the sides of the gelcoat body. Front-end cap, over the Reveal molding, and down to the windshield glass.
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Ricardo,

What brand / type of electrical tape did you use? A link???

Thanks,

I have thought of using Eternabond tape, but that stuff is mean to remove.
I got it from Amazon, but I don't remember the exact seller at this time, but would be like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/EL7566-AW-Syn...lectrical+tape

Also, you can get the tape in narrower or wider widths, but I feel that the 4" did exactly what I needed. -RT

PS: Hopefully I was clear in stating that the tape was used only for sealing the Reveal molding across the top of the windshield. I didn't use it to seal the front-end cap to the roof or the sides of the front-end cap to the sides of the gelcoat body. Front-end cap, over the Reveal molding, and down to the windshield glass.
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Old 03-08-2017, 06:40 PM   #10
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Ricardo - thanks for the Amazon link. I looked for a while but never saw that one. And yes its clear that you used it to overlap the revel molding across the top of the windshield.

I love my 2003 Journey but I have to watch how much I want to spend on it because of it's age and if this works its a good cheap solution.

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Here's what I used.
https://accessories.lazydays.com/dic...FQiSfgodDLQN8Q
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I have a 2008 Adventurer 38J on a 2007 W24 chassis. It has the one piece windshield. Anyone know if it falls into the leaky windshield group?
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I had a leak in the same location on my Journey. It is not really a windshield leak per se but the water migrates to the dash and windshield rather a leak from the side of the front coach cap.
There is a single screw through the side cap that holds the side piece to the coach along with the side caulking. Mine occurred when it was too cold to permanently fixed so I was able to stop the leak temporarily with butyl tape from Camping World. It is cheap, sticky and flexible so easy to work with and remove for permanent repair.
When the warmer weather arrived, I attached the side portion using black 3M 5200 marine adhesive / sealant. It is a very strong and permanent fix. Be sure you get the 5200 under the side piece for maximum adhesion. To insure it was tight against the wall, I used a piece of hardwood across the bottom corner to hold it flush and drilled a hole in it to access the screw hole and a much longer screw to hold the side flat and tight against the sidewall. When the adhesive had cured, I removed the board and used a new screw holder and cap (a Winnebago part) along with the screw removed originally.
Found you needed the wood while curing as the front cap side wants to move away from the sidewall. When all was done, I recaulked the edges with the 5200. I also applied the same fix to the drivers side. My troubles stemmed from a removal of the front cap by Winnebago and a poor re-installation. In any event, I have not had further problems.
3M 5200 is an extremely strong permanent adhesive available in marine stores but my experience is that a lesser product will not hold the side permanently and adequately.

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Old 03-10-2017, 09:23 AM   #14
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I too am a member of the leaky windshield club. Three years ago I used some black RTV seallant and Eternabond to seal the passenger side. To date no issues.
Last fall a small drip occurred in the drivers side so over the winter I used some black Flex seal " Flex shot", put the supplied nozzle under the rubber moulding and sealed all along the top, then using my ever handy black Eternabond taped from the top of the moulding down to the top of the windshield. To date no leaks
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