We often hear stories of people who want to sell their RVs without thoroughly inspecting it. It is extremely important to take a good look at all parts of your RV, because your buyer is less likely to miss anything that does not function well. One thing that sellers often forget checking is an RV’s skylight sealant which prevents the roof vents from possible leakage. Unequal temperatures, heavy downpour, and the sun’s scorching heat may damage the material over the years and take a toll on your vehicle. If you find water trickling through the skylight, it’s time to reseal to prevent leaks. Here are a few useful tips to help you get the job done before you sell your RV:
Go Through the Owners Manual
Check the user manual to understand whether the vehicle’s roof can support human weight. If it cannot, put a ladder near the side of the roof so that you can easily climb and work on the damaged sealant without bending too much.
Remove the Caulk
Take a putty knife to remove the sealing caulk around the RV skylight. Do it carefully without using pressure. However, ensure that you do not end up applying too much force as that will damage the rivets or screws that secure the skylight in its place.
Get Rid of Any Residue from the Existing Caulk
Take a bottle of mineral spirits or paint thinner and pour the solvent onto a soft cloth or brush to remove any residue from the caulk. With a cleaner skylight, you can rest assure that the replacement filler will be able to better hold onto the skylight.
Place the Roofing Cement Tube Carefully
Make sure you put the roofing cement tube into the caulk gun. Check whether the sharp nozzle is not close to the trigger and that it is facing away. Cut off the nozzle tip with a small quick stroke with a sharp knife or pair of scissors.
Cover the Gaps
Take an even ring of caulk and place it carefully around the joint where the plastic or metal rims meet the vehicle roof. There is no need to apply a constant force on the caulk gun. Instead, press the trigger applying uniform pressure until the time it can’t be pressed anymore. Your job is complete when the caulk covers all the gaps completely, leaving no possibilities of leakage.
Now that you know how to reseal your damaged RV skylight, it’s time to put your motor home up for sale. If you need any assistance or have any questions regarding the selling process, contact us today.