To leak or?

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  1. Fireman Sam

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    I am the (by and large) contented owner of a 1997 Fiat-based Kon-Tiki. We have used it for a year now, without anything major going wrong. However, mindful of the ‘leaky Kon-Tiki’ reputation, I think it may be prudent to renew/replace the old sealant to all the panel junctions.
    Or, as there are no leaks evident, should I leave well enough alone? Mind you some of the sealing mastic is looking a bit old and stringy.
    Any thoughts Funsters?

    All advice, as to recommended sealant, methods etc., appreciated.
     
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    As its 16 years old, my personal advice as someone who is still motorhome novice would be to replace it but I am sure there will be more experienced funsters along with their advice soon
     
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    Dont mess with something that doesnt need messing with .You just might open a can of worms LOL.
     
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    If it works don't fix it.

    But make absolutely sure it is working.

    All our joints are 10 years old, the mastic has oozed all the time we've had it, it's nice and soft still so I would not dream of touching it.
     
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    The old Kontikis got the leak reputation from the roof join between cab and habitation in the main.

    Just get a good damp meter and check around, no damp, leave alone!

    If in doubt bring the van down to us for next hab service

    Peter
     
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    Thank you all.

    I love it when the consensus comes down on the side of not spending money or doing any work.
     
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    Since you sound nattered by it why not simply mask the joints up and go over them with a Sikaflex type sealant-don't try racking any of the sealant out- simply go over the seams smooth off with a wet finger then pull off masking tape-best of both :thumb: not disturbing existing seal and adding a new seal on top :Smile:
    An hour should see all seals cleaned taped and sealed :thumb::BigGrin:
    Terry
     
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    Sounds like a good idea to me. That’s probably what I will do. I was worried about the perils of stripping out the old seal. Thanks Terry.
     
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