Important Maintenance Reminders!

nüCampnüCamp Posts: 14Administrator
With the next camping season approaching, nuCamp would like to remind all owners to inspect and (if necessary) repair the caulking at the bottom edges of their trailers, and around the front window. Failure to perform this important maintenance may result in water infiltration and damage.

Full details and instructions can be found in the Resources category under Maintenance Notices.

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  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 128Member
    More details would be nice, like instructions on HOW to do these repairs.
  • ColoradoJonColoradoJon Posts: 254Member
    @BrianZ - There is a link at the bottom of the post that will take you to a post with instructions.
    Jon & Angela | Florissant Colorado | 2017 Outback S
  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 3,966Member
    @BrianZ, AND just remember, if you have questions....you're in the RIGHT place. Ask away, there's a LOT of good help right here at your finger tips! ;)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  


  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,874Moderator
    The post in Resources-->Maintenance Notices also has a link to the original discussion. You may find some additional tips there.
  • BrianZBrianZ Posts: 128Member
    The Seal Inspection PDF listed What needed to be done for the wheel well/fender seal, but no steps on How to do it (like the Window Seal Maintenance PDF, which had specific instructions on how to reseal). 

    Thanks, Scott, I found that original discussion link, which provides a lot more detail, if you read through multiple posts to get the various instructions & photos.  Door sealing appears to be another maintenance item, and it looks like I'm not the only one who was wondering exactly what needs to be done & where/how.  Would be nice if all these instructions could be all be included in the manual.  The latest 2017 [email protected] manual still shows "Coming Soon" for the sections on "Exterior Sealing Chart" and "Schematics" on the last page 51.
    Thanks.

    We've only been [email protected] owners for 6 months, but I want to be prepared to keep up with important maintenance.  I've already replaced some deteriorating caulking on the top edges of the roof at the trim joint after just a couple of months.  The sun gets very hot in Wilmington, NC, where we bought ours.

  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,874Moderator
    @BrianZ, I'm glad the tips in the thread helped out. I know the original directions were not very detailed, but I recall when I went out and actually started looking/feeling around the trailer it was pretty easy to figure out exactly what needed to be inspected and potentially touched up.

    The joint in the trim at the top of the roof has also been a place where people (myself included) have experienced minor cracking and caulk separation. There are a few threads here about it. Fortunately, the trim is purely decorative so damage in that location--while unattractive--should not promote any damaging water infiltration.
  • ChanWChanW Posts: 1,843Member
    nüCamp Does this apply to the fixed front window that some of us early LG Tab folks have? 
    Simply tighten the screws and add a bit of caulk along the top edge?
    Thanks.
    Chan       --         Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 'S' Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl Access Cab
  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,874Moderator
    @ChanW, I'm not sure if forum questions are actively monitored by the nuCamp folks. We'll try to get an answer, as it may also be relevant to [email protected] owners who have the stargazer window.

    In the meantime, I say take a look at yours, make your own assessment, then please tell us what you think!
  • ChanWChanW Posts: 1,843Member
    Yep, will do!
    But I think I'll wait til the snow melts (which could be an indicator of sorts, since our Tab is stored outside!)
    Chan       --         Buffalo NY (Beau Fleuve)
    2014 'S' Maxx - 2011 Tacoma 4cyl Access Cab
  • Michigan_MikeMichigan_Mike Posts: 2,144Administrator
    edited February 13
    Any areas of the trailer that have been caulked or that have sealed areas should be inspected and the caulk replaced as necessary as it can deteriorate and break down over time.  NuCamp had found that some units have experienced water infiltration over time and it was a result of caulk deteriorating from sun exposure, people pressure washing their units, etc.  Since some warranties have expired and they felt it was both prudent, and a good time to remind people to inspect their trailers and perform any routine maintenance that may be needed.  This applies to all travel trailers.  
    Mike Smith 
    Linden, Mi
    2015 [email protected] Max S
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  • ericnlizericnliz Posts: 3,966Member
    @Michigan_Mike, Thanks for the reminder(s)! Much appreciated. :)
    2016 [email protected] MAX S-aka: [email protected]
    TV: 2006 Chevy Avalanche LT Z71 aka: WhiteWolf, or 1972 Chevy Custom10 P/U aka: SnarlingWolf
    Spokane, Wa.
    Eric aka: Lone Wolf  


  • maddmikemaddmike Posts: 50Member
    Newb question, but what are peolple using to re-calk? When I used to build wind turbines we used UV Sika-Flex. I figure if that can hold a nacelle on tomp of a 40 story tower together in all weather and wind conditions, then it must work for a trailer. It may be overkill though and maybe is not the right tool for the job.
  • ScottGScottG Posts: 1,874Moderator
    edited May 21
    I've needed to do little if any re-cauking on my 2015. If I did I'd probably just use quality silicone. I suspect keeping up the inspections and maintenance are more important than what you actually use.

    EDIT: A recent post cautioned against using silicone on fiberglass and fiberglass-composite materials, as it doesn't stick well and leaves a film nothing else will stick to either. YMMV.
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