Tips for Repairing a Leaky RV Window

leakyOwning an RV can be a great luxury, especially since they allow for you to travel essentially wherever you want on a whim. However, owning an RV can be quite expensive and requires constant preventative maintenance in order to keep it running well and to avoid more expensive repairs over time. There are many repairs that need to be done on a typical RV over time, with leaky windows being among the most common. So if your RV has been leaking water through one of its windows recently, you may be wondering what steps you can take to effectively repair the leak without having to spend a lot of money in the process. 

First of all, it is important to get this repair done as quickly as possible. Otherwise, it can get worse over time and you could end up having to pay a lot more for a larger repair. However, if you get the repair taken care of while the leak is still small, you can save yourself a lot of hassle in the long run.

The first step to repairing the leaky window is to simply figure out where the leak is coming from in the first place. This should be a simple process, as you probably noticed the area of the window where the leak was coming from the last time it rained.

Once this is determined, it is smart to clean the area around the leak with soap and water by using a sponge. You should be sure to clean both the interior and exterior area. This is an important step that should not be skipped because having a clean surface is important, as you will soon be applying caulk that will need to adhere strongly to surface around the leak in order to be effective.

Since most leaks are caused by bad caulking, you should then remove the old caulk before applying more. The best way to do this is to use a razor blade to remove the old caulking, but exercise extreme caution while doing so to avoid slipping and cutting yourself. Once all of the caulk is removed, you may want to clean the area again.

At this point, you will need to seal the caulking around the window with brand new caulk. Before you do this, you should tape around the area to ensure that the caulk does not end up all over the window, much like you would tape around a window or electrical outlet if you were painting the area. Once the area around the window is taped off, you can begin carefully applying the caulk. You will probably want to go over the caulking a couple of times to ensure that it is sealed completely.

From there, you will need to make sure that you give the caulk plenty of time to dry. You should read the label of the caulk to see just how long this is going to take. In the meantime, while it is drying, be sure to keep the RV in a covered area so as to prevent any rain falling on the wet caulk and preventing it from drying. Ideally, you will be able to do this in a garage or under another covered area.

Once the caulk is dry, you will want to spray a hose around the newly sealed area to ensure that it is fulled sealed and that no more leaks remain. If a leak still exists, you will need to repeat the process all over again, so be careful to do it correctly the first time to avoid frustration and wasted time.  

Overall,
dealing with a broken seal on an RV window can be a pain. Luckily, the process
of fixing a leaky RV window is relatively simple and one that can be done at
home for little expense, and with just a few basic tools. Good luck to you!

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