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ROYBUCK

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Posted: 08/09/12 09:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I need to re-seal my clearance lights. Are they anything I need to know about this, do I need to seal where you would need to remove the sealant to remove the lense. Also what kind of sealant do I need to use. I don't see how I can seal them without sealing the lense. All replys welcome. Roy


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Roy,
I use DAP Dynaflex 230 to seal the base of the clearance light to the body of the RV. I remove any loose sealant first but do not remove it all unless I am removing the light for some reason. Some clearance lights have weep holes to allow moisture to drain. If the holes are on the top of the light I seal them. If they are on the bottom I leave them open. If I apply anything to the lens/base area it is a light coat of silicone grease which helps reduce the amount of dust that accumulates inside the light.


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Sloop: I think the mositure is comeing in where the lense sets on the base, looks like they should be a gasket where the lense fits on the base, of course I haven't checked but one I need to check some more and see if they are supposed to be a gasket. Thanks Roy

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The older incandescent light seem to always leak. You may want to do a search for LED clearance lights that will replace what you have. I purchased two wire LED clearance lights for around $6 each. These are sealed so I do not have to worry about moisture getting into the bulbs, or following the wiring inside the front/rear caps. I just hooked up the wires, put a bead of silicone around the hole in the coach cap, screwed the light replacement into place, and that was it. They were an exact replacement so they fit perfectly. They have been on now going on two years with no leaks or burned out bulbs. There is no need to seal the lens, since the LED bulbs inside are sealed.

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ROYBUCK wrote:

Sealing Clarence lights


I apologize in advance....


Do we have clearance, Clarence?


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Roy,

I replaced two sets of lens to base gaskets before I switched to sealed LED units. The life of the gaskets seems to be about 10~12 years - depending on climate and storage.

The gasket under the steel light base lasts longer for some reason. If you can identify the manufacturer, you can often buy new gaskets quite advantageously.

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Go to a big truck stop and you will find all kinds of clearance light equipment for sale.


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On my RV the lens that attach with a screw have a rubber gasket they mount to. The lens that snap into place have no gasket.

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I love LED lights, we replaced the marker lights on all our new fire trucks with LED ones nine years ago and just replaced one because three of six LEDs had burned out. One out of 30. Just ordered new marker lights for our baby Flair and hoping for the same results. As for gaskets you might try Virgofleet.com. Good selection of different lights.





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Roger, Roger!


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