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This group was started in 2003, with the aim of encouraging the preservation and enjoyment of all Safari Caravans made before 1978 and of the classic shape with the drop front side window made until 1982.
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I've been restoring caravans for a living for 2 years now the main part of my time is taken up doing damp repairs and resealing I've always used a product called seamseal cv wich is a non drying bedding sealant I usually spend more time cleaning the stuff up after application than actually applying it So I thaught I would order a box of sikaflex 512 last week as I believed it was a factory sealant that would partially cure on contact with air but stay wet under the trim and be easier to clean up everyone raves about the stuff on the Internet the price has always put me off in the past but I thaught if it's a better product and saves time it may be worth it It turned out when I did a test spot on the bench that it totally cured like rubber not the right stuff at all the labelling In my opinion is totally deceiving it says caravan sealant on the tube This morning I phoned sika's tech advice guy he informed me they no longer make a butyl based sealant they don't make a sealant fit for this purpose and sikaflex 512 is not intended for seating the joins in caravan skins So I wonder what kind of caravan sealing sikaflex 512 is intended for? I am confused and out of pocket Sorry for this little rant but I believe this information will be usefull to others
I will keep you updated on the search for the perfect sealant
The old pop factory
Glasson industrial estate Maryport
For what it is worth, although I have never used it on a caravan I used to regularly use Lifecaulk (by Boatlife) on one of my previous yachts, which I feel sure is a more demanding environment. This is a polysulphide sealant and, although it is at the high end of the price range, when nothing less will do it is certainly a good one to go for. I would confidently expect it to be superb for use on a caravan.
i spoke to a sikaflex technical man yesterday and he recommended sikaflex 212FC. that is made for busses trailers and caravans. the only negative for us is that you can only use acrylic paint over it and we want to use oil based enamel. that was an australian tech adviser but i suppose it would be the same anywhere cheers franni