As temperatures heat up, we de-winterize, clean, and perform preventative maintenance to our campers, RVs, motorhomes, etc. We shop for new supplies, load our travel homes with new toys and accessories, and get ready for the summer season. We carefully prepare in the hope that preventive measures will limit downtime for repairs, which can put a damper on weekend fun. Despite all these efforts, however, stuff breaks, damage occurs, and wear and tear shows its ugly face.
To be equipped for the unexpected, all RV fans should have well-stocked toolboxes that include not only tools, but some basic supplies to assist in making on-the-go repairs.Tools to include are wrenches, hammers, socket sets, knives and a variety of other handheld lifesavers. Equally important is a variety of adhesives, fasteners and sealants .
Here’s a list of recommended items:
- waterproof sealant tape
- rope/paracord or similar
- duct tape
- silicone caulking
- self-tapping screws ½”-1” in length
- wood or fastening screws in a few different lengths from 1.5”-3”
- assorted zip ties
We are all familiar with the everyday items suggested in items 2 through 7 above. Number 1, however, is not as common, so let’s focus on its importance.
Waterproofing sealant tape can be used in dozens of places to stop water infiltration or to hold stuff together like broken pipes, poles and other hard parts. It’s especially useful where a tape stronger than duct tape is needed.
Waterproofing tapes are designed to be easy to use. Follow these steps to make your repair.
- Using a cleaner or detergent, clean the area that requires repair.
- Measure and cut the waterproofing tape to size.
- Wipe the surface with a solvent, such as xylene, MEK or acetone. Allow the solvent to flash off, or dry.
- Remove the tape’s release liner.
- Apply the tape, avoiding bubbles and wrinkles. Use firm pressure to push the adhesive onto the surface.
1 -- In extreme heat, tapes can become very pliable and sticky. Make sure the placement of the tape is exactly where you want it.
2 -- Be extra careful when removing release liners as the tape will permanently bond to itself if you have accidental adhesive-to adhesive-contact.
With a well-stocked toolbox and a clear understanding of how to use sealant tape should the need arise, you’re ready to roll.
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