Originally Posted by PSchw
Anybody has a solution to get the sliding door to close proper?
I try to adjust mine but could not get it correct. I have to slam the door to make it close. Airstreams response is "that's how they close". MB that is a up fitter problem.
The rear of the door seams not to come in and look but you don't know until you drive and the warning comes up on the dash.
had to slam mine, but never even thought about it until you posted this question. I find that most
sliding van doors, not just Airstream Interstate sliding doors, have to be slammed in order to close properly. The same was true on my Dodge Caravan back in the 1980's, and my mom's Chrysler Town & Country van today. Although her T&C has electrically-operated sliding doors, so she gets upset if I open and close the door myself instead of letting the electric motor do it. The Caravan and Town & Country are minivans, and their sliding doors weigh a lot less than a Sprinter sliding door, so if I have to slam a minivan door, I fully expect to slam a big Sprinter door.
When you close a sliding van door, the door slides forward, and then curves sharply inward right at the end. As part of that inward movement, it has to compress the weatherstripping all around the door opening.
You may be able to get a small amount of relief by lubricating all contact points (silicone spray on the striker as recommended by Andy, WD40 on the top, middle, and bottom door tracks, glycerine on the weatherstipping to keep the rubber soft) so that you don't have to slam it as hard
, but you'll still have to apply a reasonable amount of force to close the door tightly.
Side note, having a window or vent open does
help; I've noticed that when I close my sliding side door with all the vents and windows closed, the openable tip-out window in the sliding door "burps" a little to release pressure.