Hi all I am going to reseal my awning rails and window trims and have found these screws they look a little less shallow than the pan head type do you think they will be ok or should I use pan head thanks peter.
Alan now that we can see the Screws Peter is on about they are Stainless.
I think you would be better using 'Countersunk' screws rather that the Flange (Dome) head ones. As Alan says, if they are not flush, you can rip the Awning. Don't know about the Window frames, the one's I did were Rubber stapled to the wooden frame.
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In addition to whats been posted I'd advise against set screws, the pitch of the threads is to close together to get a good tight purchase into the wooden frame, your much better going for wood screws or chipboard screws. Srewfix sell stainless steel ones, for less than £10 for 200.
hi being our first caravan we think i little bit of rain has got in around the window area ive been told its the awning rail needs resealing, my husband is going to do it but is worried is it a hard job or is it quite easy, weve already got the mastic,
my father in law is doing our windows as he's done it many times on other 'vans - make sure, if doing it, that the 'van is either under cover or in a garage.
As for the awning rail, he reckons it's a huge, but possible project. Do 1 side at a time, & make sure to be under cover if poss, or a weekend guaranteed dry if not for each side. Also, for the rails, you would be better having mastic roll rather than tube, & if all else fails, & you want to get away, an emergency fix of a bead of silicone along each edge of the rail & around offending windows will do the trick, just make sure to take some with you!!
1. Make sure you get all the old mastic off. Don't be tempted to use a screwdriver. I made up a wooden scraper from a piece of discarded skirting rail tapered to a sharpish edge on the flat end. Use white spirit and plenty of rags or wiping paper, kitchen roll or similar to get the residue off. It is perhaps, one of the messiest jobs one can do on a caravan!
2. When replacing the screws, check that the old ones haven't gone rusty and opened up the old screw holes. If the holes have become enlarged, the new screws won't grip. If this is the case, you will need to drill new holes for the new screws alongside the old ones.
When putting the new mastic on, ensure that there is plenty around the screw holes.
i have resealed my van with stickaflex 512 on advice from my dealer and to also get rid of the black plastic trim in-between the rail and the van in has been in now for two years no leaks and cleans up like new but it is a permanent fix but this is what they use on moterholme not the non setting stuff