The thought of abandoning traditional housing and switching to van life is gaining popularity with every passing day. The idea of living in a van has its perks. For example, it may help you save money, help you in exploring new things, reduce your debt, and whatnot. The fact that it guarantees a minimalist lifestyle is always a plus, as it will help you in curbing excessive expenditures, also will encourage you to appreciate simple things around you in your life. 

But, as fancy it may look on the outside, camper van life has its fair share of problems which you will have to look out for. One such problem is waterproofing. It is because they are not designed for such luxuries and neither can they endure severe weather conditions. Therefore, waterproofing your seal camper and RV should be on your priority list.

Fortunately, there are various techniques to reduce the water coming from the outside of the van. But there is one thing that a person must keep in mind when waterproofing his van which is to avoid adding layer and complexity to your setup. Doing this will create problems like increasing the weight of your van and much more.

How to soundproof your car?

The only way to properly waterproof your car is to place water-resistant materials in the right places, which will eventually eliminate water leakages if there are any.

You can start by selecting the materials you may want to use. But while selecting, do keep the following factors in mind.

  • Climate: If you live in extreme weather conditions, be it extremely hot or extremely cold, choose the waterproofing products accordingly, so that they may perform well in extreme weather conditions. 
  • Van size: Camper van size also varies to a great extent. You must also keep this into account before buying material for soundproofing.

Once you are ready, you may choose from a variety of waterproofing materials such as dampening mats, sprays or waterproof coating, or soundproofing insulations, whatever suits you best. Once you arrange your materials, you will also need a few tools, which you will have to use during the waterproofing process

Products for seal campervan and RV waterproofing:

For the soundproofing of your campervan, you must make sure that the products you are using are lightweight and don’t consume much space either. Also, when waterproofing a seal camper, you must use a different number of products, so that you may get the desired results and can get the job done effectively. With the use of good waterproofing materials, you can also improve the interior of your van.

The entire process of waterproofing your campervan can be divided into two parts. You may waterproof the roof in the first phase, and then proceed to waterproof the rest of your seal camper or RV.

How to waterproof the roof of your RV and seal camper:

The reason you should start from the roof is that seal campers and RV usually leak the most at the roof, which is why you should start from there.

The very first thing you should start with is to begin by washing the roof completely and thoroughly. Once you do that, then make sure to dry it off as well as you can. You can do this with the help of a small hand brush to push off all the extra water in the lower and sagging areas of the roof. To make the drying process more effective, you can follow it up by using a hand towel.

From here on, take a wide-tipped screwdriver and scrape off any remnants or worn-out patch materials. If by any chance, your RV is old, the patching on the roof will automatically lift off. But be careful throughout the process and make sure you do not punch through the roof during the process.

To waterproof the roof, a rubberized leak stopper is probably the best leak stopper on which you can get your hands on. The reason being, it can seep deep into cracks and crevices and eventually forms a unique bond with metal roofing material which helps it form a permanent seal. There is a precaution that you need to keep in mind. Always remember to wear protective clothing when working with this stuff. The reason being, the stuff is just similar to tar. Also, remember to wear disposable gloves as well because this stuff is not easy to wash off.

Also, try to use a disposable paintbrush when trying to spread a coat over the roof of your RV. Always make sure you coat the roof effectively and try to cover an inch extra on both sides of the seam. Always make sure you seal around air conditioners, vents, antennas, or anything else for that matter which may be sticking up the roof. These are the problem areas that often go unnoticed until and unless the damage is already done. Also, make sure that the sealer is spread thinly, but must be wide over the seams. Also, the coat on the seams should be done nicely and the tar should be spread in the outward direction from the center of the seam. Also, make sure that you do coat every seam and crack, so that you may avoid any future leaks as well. If by any chance there are larger tears on the roof of your RV, you can easily repair it by using some fiberglass repair tape. For this purpose, you may need to spread roof repair tar over the area which needs to be patched. From here on, you should place some of the fiberglass tapes over the hole and cover it completely. This will eventually prevent the roof of your seal camper and RV from leaking anytime soon.

How to waterproof the rest of your RV and seal camper: 

Once you are done with the roof, you will then have to proceed with waterproofing the rest of your RV or seal camper. For this purpose, you will have to seal windows, doors, access panels, and even lights. There is a possibility that your seal camper or RV may be leaking for a long time and you might not even be aware of it. The main areas, from RVs and seal campers, usually leak are lights, windows, and seals. Usually, the leakage starts considerable time back before it appears Once you seal your RV very well, one good time, and then applying yearly patch-ups as needed – your seal camper or RV can last a long time.

If your seal camper is in a bad shape due to water leakage, then the first thing which you need to do is to remove every light socket and then proceed to seal the holes with the spray foam insulation and then tape it off with aluminum tape with a coating of tar on one side of it. This will eventually block the leakages permanently. 

The material required for this purpose is  RTV silicone sealant, for outdoor use, and some silver aluminum tape.

To begin with, start by washing the areas thoroughly which are to be sealed, and then dry them off with the help of a lint-free towel. You may use soap and water to get rid of dirt on the sides of your seal camper. Your focus must be around windows, door frames, light fixtures, and anything which protrudes the side of your trailer. Anything which sticks off the side needs to be sealed.

To begin with, start with the windows. Run a bead of silicone around the whole frame. While doing so, apply it generously and make sure that the seal deep into the cracks. You may use rubber gloves to push silicon into the cracks. If you don’t have one, you may also use plastic bags for the same purpose. Use your index finger and gently push while you move your finger around the line of silicone you just spread. This is because the silicone needs to be pushed into the cracks and should be smoothed out nicely. For this purpose, run your finger in a smooth motion and simply work your way around it until you come back to square 1. For the side voids, you can strengthen them by using thermo fleece. It is because if you want to use the van as a full-time RV, you will have to have the best water resistance which can last for longer periods. Thermo fleece can be easily inserted into deeper voids, ensuring strong waterproofing.

Seal campers and  RVs are originally sealed with a type of flexible putty which bends and flexes with the motion of the RV as you travel with it. Over the years, the putty usually gets squashed out of the cracks and this entire situation leaves you with a leak. Using the same technique that you pulled on the window, you should also run some silicone around the door frames and other objects. The handgrip between windows and door handle should also be covered with silicon. Also, you must seal the marker lights. This is because these are usually the weak points in a trailer and most people ignore them. If ignored, the back wall may rot out completely all because of leakage through the running lights.

Also, make sure to coat the camper seals from top to bottom. If you do it effectively, this may last for many upcoming years. Also, apply the silicone sealer to the water guard as well, which is located well above the door. If it starts to leak, it may cause wood over the door frame to rot. Also once it starts to leak, water may start to run under the guard along with the screws, and if this happens, you will eventually have no other choice than to replace the wood.

Also, make sure that you seal the access panel with the help of silicone and aluminum tape. This may sound like an extravagant solution but in reality, it is quite the contrary. The tape will only cost you around $7 and will cover 100 feet. Over time, the access panels usually tend to leak around the sides due to which water may enter into the RV and onto the floor. This will cause your floor to rot away over time. Also, if you don’t intend to use an access panel any time soon, try to tape it off with aluminum tape along both sides. This will keep the water out. This is without a doubt the most feasible option, as it lets you access the access panel anytime in the future. All you need to do is simply cut away the tape whenever you feel like using the panel again. Also, once you apply silicone, make sure to allow it to cure and then apply aluminum tape. Also, the aluminum tape can be used to cover every leakage in the RV and seal the camper. Using aluminum tape will make sure that seals will not leak anytime soon within upcoming years. Also, once you seal the windows with silicon, make sure that you also seal them with aluminum tape to make the seal permanent. The aluminum tape will also make sure that the sunlight is repelled and will eventually prevent the silicone from rotting over time. That being said, at the end of every season, make sure to check all of your seals and make sure that none of them have been damaged due to flexing caused by traveling. This is because once you drive an RV or a seal camper on rough terrain like mountains, off roads, they are more prone to flexing which may cause the seals to break and seems to open. Once you re-examine and by any chance find any damage happen to silicon coating, a minimal touch up will make sure that your RV or seal camper survives another season