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Old 09-23-2008, 09:11 PM   #1
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I pulled the door assembly for the fresh water tank fill hose. The hose came loose last trip, and going through the door was far easier than removing the kitchen counter.
It looks like the gasket/sealant was made from plumbers putty. It looks like the kind that comes on a roll (like tape). No rubber gaskets, no clear silicon, etc.
Is this plumbers putty? Or some special adhesive?
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:29 PM   #2
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The stuff used behind there is just a putty tape. I really don't have knowledge of plumbers putty, so I don't know if it's the same, but visit an RV dealer for the putty tape. It normally comes in like a 25' roll, but you don't need that much at all, so there is a nifty little kit (hopefully your dealer carries it) that is a package with like 5' of putty tape and maybe some screws. It's called a Vent Install kit. It's cheaper than the roll most likely and you'll have some usable screws left instead of 24' of putty tape that will dry out.

Since you have the fiberglass sides, just clean all the old stuff off and put the new stuff on there and put the screws back in. It should compress and form a seal. Then, work the tape into the edge with your fingers to make sure it's sealed and then you can trim the excess with a screwdriver or something not sharp-tipped. The same process would apply for the aluminum sides, but there's more likely to be larger gaps between ripples.

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Sunline Fan hit it. Putty tape, although Sunline used a special grade of it that I cannot yet locate, what you can by at the RV stores will work too.

Plumbers Putty like what you put in a sink drain fitting or faucet, NO it is not plumbers putty.

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One other small helpful hint: The stuff is much easier to work with when it is warm. If you do the job on a cool day, borrow your wife's hair dryer and have at it. When heated up just a bit, the stuff gets much softer and easier to work with. (Us folks up here in the north country are already dealing with temps not getting much about 70 these days.)
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:46 AM   #5
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Working with putty tape

A suggestion for working with the putty tape after replacing an exterior item is to use a Jumbo Craft Stick (think lolllypop stick). These are available at arts and craft shops, Walmart, etc. They are 6 inch x 3/4 inch and provide a good means for cutting the excess and dressing the putty around the item and provide a good size for gripping. Also, they eliminate the possibility of gouging the surface of the fiberglass or aluminum siding. Just a suggestion but worth a try. I found them to be very good for this use.

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Old 09-24-2008, 05:47 PM   #6
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Thanks, y'all. I'll head out tomorrow to pick some up.
In the process of working on this problem, I noticed another problem. Where the fresh water lines come up from the tanks to the pump, the lines are bent so sharp as they come through the floor, that they were effectively pinched closed. I suspect my pump has been working pretty hard to suck water through these lines. So, now I have to extend the lines to avoid the crimp. While I was at it, I thought I might relocate the water pump to a more accessible location. Since I'm gonna do that, I might as well install one of those fancy, quiet pumps.
And while I'm working under that cabinet, I might as well......

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You want help, well you'll need to stand in line as most of us are in the same situation as you:Sunline Mod'itis One good idea/mod leads to several others. Keeps us from getting bored.
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H'mm, so that is what it is called. Well the only way I know how to treat this very poplular condition is a good day in the shed....along with the camper.

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