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I HAD to reseal the seams of the top, I just wanted to share with others how I went about it.

I did have someone hold my beer, so I had both hands free.

Threw the rope over from he bed, and scaled the windshield and pulled myself over the visor, carefully.

 I weigh less then most, and the visor supports my weight just fine.

Do not try this at home, ....unless you have too.

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I had a roll of Kool Seal Roof Patch in black, 2" X 48". https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001B1CIR0/ref=oh_aui_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I cut it into 1/4 inch strips 4 feet long.  The seams on the roof were nearly clear of original caulking after nearly 13 years.

I took the strips and a bottle of soapy water, that doubles as a bottle of air leak detector on the roof.  I pressed and molded the roof patch into the seam groove and smoothed it into a nice neat line with the soap and my fingers.

If anyone has a source for a 1/4 inch to a 3/8 inch bead of roof patch putty, please share as this would be easier to work with.

I am going to try a rv roofing caulk an the other side in the near future, and see if I am able to make as clean a line of sealant as the Kool Seal Patch.

 

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I have used Kool Seal but not in such an application.  Another product would be a caulk gun with EPDM sealant comes in a few different colors.  This product is self leveling, UV, can be applied in cool temps and sticks lastly will not dry out for many years.  Lay down blue tape on each side of the area to apply the caulk, apply and remove the tape.  You will have very neat lines and a tight seal.  Home Depot has this product in light grey.

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1 hour ago, SuiteSuccess said:

Par,

When I was running a bead of silicone around my windshield, I also ran a bead of Lexel down the seam as far as I could reach.  It sticks to anything.  Gotta get to the upper part of the seam but I’m too old and fat to shimmy up a rope, lol.

For the upper part of the truck, I could reach from a ladder placed on the bed.

I will check out Lexel.

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34 minutes ago, Cotreker said:

I have used Kool Seal but not in such an application.  Another product would be a caulk gun with EPDM sealant comes in a few different colors.  This product is self leveling, UV, can be applied in cool temps and sticks lastly will not dry out for many years.  Lay down blue tape on each side of the area to apply the caulk, apply and remove the tape.  You will have very neat lines and a tight seal.  Home Depot has this product in light grey.

Sometimes Tunnel Vision is only corrected when you ask for help.  Masking tape didn't even cross my mind, thank you.

Loved the write up on your rig in Truck Camper Magazine.

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2 hours ago, Lance A Lott said:

Can't you reach from a ladder? When I took the fiberglass roof extension of my 630 it was no problem I did pad the ladder.

Lance,

I have a drom on the bed and tried standing on that to get to the rear but I’m not as steady as I once was and visions of RandyA’s fall from his ladder on his bed and subsequent surgery and hospitalization danced in my head.  Need to figure out a way to use my deer hunting tree stand harness from a 3-point connection to work up high.   Or something like this

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Thanks for commenting on my HDT article, the editor made me look and sound so much better.  Thinking about doing a one year follow up article.  Now a triple slide out camper on deck with Volvo upgrades.  Heading to deep snow in mountains this afternoon, pretty sure both sets of chains are coming out.  It is a sled trip with best snow ever.

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Seen a guy a few years ago. Pulled under a overpass. It was on a gravel road. Guy was hanging by a cable from the beams. Swinging around working on his Reefer unit. He had a few spots needed patching.

I parked and watched him for almost 30 minutes. Sure was fun watching a 5'6" x 350 lb guy. Flying around like that. Sad I never did figure out how he got the cable up there. Then the harness hooked up. Wish I had taken a video of it.

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