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hi folks.

 

ive posted a few threads in recent weeks regarding my work on my 1984 ci esprite 16 5 berth caravan.

overall its in pretty good nick.

for its age its doin ok. all internal furnishings are in pretty good shape.

everything works.

 

im now in the process of taking off the awning rails and resealing the joints as i found mushy panels in the ceiling near the door and the opposite side.

so after some research the most likely reason is the rails leaking.

 

after a nightmare trying to drill the rusty screws out i finaly got a bit done but then reaslised theres 5 rails on each side, let alone the two on the front!!!!

my local supplier does not have enough stock and i havent got the cash to buy 30 odd meters of mastic tape so im using mould resistant sanitary silicone sealant on the rails before replacing and screwing back into place, this is probably not a good choice but cant be any worse than it is already.

 

the roof has also been sealed and will shortly be repainted to finish of the appearance.

 

 

will this cure my damp issues???

 

also ive just picked up my order of a nice new sheet of 3mm flexible plywood to replace some ceiling paneling i ripped out along with insulation as i found it all damp and manky. ive got some nice filtration media which is about 1. 5 inches thick which i,ll use for insulation,

 

im probably going to replace some of the structual timber work bit by bit before the new ceiling goes up.

 

underneath the chassis and woodwork is absolutley spotless. no rot,rust or manky looking areas.

 

its been serviced recently and only the damp was flagged up which im now dealing with.

 

im pretty hardcore when it comes to work and effort,

 

am i flogging a dead horse or am i looked upon as a soldier fighting for the cause of preservation,

 

please put me out of my misery,

 

cheers folks

 

syborg.

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;) Hi Syborg I am always impressed when I read of some one taking on such projects as yourself as I feel there must be so much more pleasure in owning a van that you have brought back so to speake. I don't know if you are aware of a group called the" fixed it club"& a certain very helpful member who goes by the name of Wizard?

 

If its ok with the moderators of this forum I post this link which may be of help with your project

 

UKCS/chatter/displa. ...asp?ForumID=31

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It's like old school car restoration - if you costed the time you put in, no-one would restore anything - but how can you put a value on job satisfaction?

 

As long as you never intended to sell it for a profit straight away, then well done Syborg - some of us may dream of keeping older cars/caravans and doing the necessary work but good intentions often fall by the wayside.

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Its the satisfaction of standing back after the work is complete and thinking. ..I now know my caravan!!

 

I too used sanitary sealant on an old caravan i had. That was 18 years ago, and its still waterproof!! The caravan which is now 32 years old, lives in a field as a booking in office for events.

 

As long as your pocket doesn't get drained, then you will have a caravan fit for the purpose for years to come. Well done!

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Its the satisfaction of standing back after the work is complete and thinking. ..I now know my caravan!!

 

I too used sanitary sealant on an old caravan i had. That was 18 years ago, and its still waterproof!! The caravan which is now 32 years old, lives in a field as a booking in office for events.

 

As long as your pocket doesn't get drained, then you will have a caravan fit for the purpose for years to come. Well done!

 

 

 

cheer folks.

when tackling a job like this on ya own it can soon start feeling like youve bitten off more than i can chew,lol.

i was a bit warey of the silicone issue but now my confidence is restored.

i spent a good 4 hrs yesterday drilling out the rotten screws and removed another 2 sections of the awning rail.

the mastic seemed to have almost turned to a cardboard type material, not sure if it had dried out or if it was part of the factory fitted sealant,

but it sure came off easier than i thougth, it just broke up as i scraped it.

 

i cleaned the caravan and rails using meths to get rid of any residue, then an 8mm bead of silicone to each egde of the rail, then screwed it back on with new screws. as i tightened the screws up the silicone was squished out of the edges which was then scraped away and any small empty pockets of silicone were filled by hand then the edges blended over.

 

i still need to pump a few dots of silicone into some of the screw holes that wouldnt bite and a now vacant,

 

im hoping this will cure the main damp issue so i can get on with doin the ceiling area.

 

i,ll post some pics up soon of my work.

 

peace

 

syborg

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cheer folks.

when tackling a job like this on ya own it can soon start feeling like youve bitten off more than i can chew,lol.

i was a bit warey of the silicone issue but now my confidence is restored.

i spent a good 4 hrs yesterday drilling out the rotten screws and removed another 2 sections of the awning rail.

the mastic seemed to have almost turned to a cardboard type material, not sure if it had dried out or if it was part of the factory fitted sealant,

but it sure came off easier than i thougth, it just broke up as i scraped it.

 

i cleaned the caravan and rails using meths to get rid of any residue, then an 8mm bead of silicone to each egde of the rail, then screwed it back on with new screws. as i tightened the screws up the silicone was squished out of the edges which was then scraped away and any small empty pockets of silicone were filled by hand then the edges blended over.

 

i still need to pump a few dots of silicone into some of the screw holes that wouldnt bite and a now vacant,

 

im hoping this will cure the main damp issue so i can get on with doin the ceiling area.

 

i,ll post some pics up soon of my work.

 

peace

 

syborg

 

Hi syborg,

I wouldn't recommend leaving any screws out. I was told to drill new holes, in the awning rail, adjascent to the old holes so that you are screwing into fresh wood,

Regards,

Ian.

Bailey Unicorn Vigo and a 2017 Ford S Max and a Mercedes SLK AMG Sport 9 speed, my mid life crisis solver.

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Hi syborg,

I wouldn't recommend leaving any screws out. I was told to drill new holes, in the awning rail, adjascent to the old holes so that you are screwing into fresh wood,

Regards,

Ian.

 

oh dont worry about that mate, i fitted new screws between every old hole and added even more on the corner sections to ensure the silicone was oozing out the edges so i was happy with the seal.

 

ive just pumped every spare hole with silicone and covered the new screw heads with silicone too.

 

i used a screwdriver to smooth out the silicone ensuring enough room for when the trim goes back on.

 

i had to do this in a bit of a hurry cos the black clouds were rolling in so didnt want more damp gettin in while the rail was not quite finished.

 

 

pity upload max is only 7ok cos i wanted to post some pics up.

 

peace

 

syborg

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hi again folks.

 

after some good advice ive ordered some proper sealant adhesive for my awning rails.

ive noticed the tube of choice seems to be sikaflex.

 

but being the awkward,stubborn extravert that i am ive found something very similar called Marineflex Polyurethane Sealant White.

found a bloke on ebay who specialises in marine and motorhome sealants and adhesives.

 

i got 5 tubes for just over 30 notes and appears to have most of the required assets of sikaflex

 

has anyone ever tried this stuff or have any advise about it.

 

cheers

 

peace

 

syborg.

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