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Old 05-25-2015, 09:01 PM   #1
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"D" Seal or not, (Door top leak)

I sat thru my first big storm in my Safari, finally was able to identify the source of the "mystery" leak that I had been chasing for some time now.

The rain is getting around my brand new "D" seal that was installed as part of our frame off renovation.
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I guess the rain is making its way under the "brow" above the door
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Can anyone provide better solution than the Medium "D" seal that I installed, I was thinking of adding an additional flat seal, the one used for the curved windows, is there maybe a "taller" 1/2" wide seal.
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Old 05-26-2015, 05:02 AM   #2
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On my trailer I find that, over the years, the door gradually straightens in the vertical plane. That is, the top to bottom curvature very slightly straightens. This causes the top and bottom of the door to separate very slightly from the seals, allowing water ingress. Every few years I restore the bend, by the crude and brutal technique of pulling the top of the open door towards me, with my knee in the centre of the door.
If you can post a piece of paper through the top of the door where it meets the seal, you might like to explore some more sophisticated technique to re-bend the door.
I do it with my left knee, which is a replacement joint, so no pain at all!
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Old 05-26-2015, 11:03 AM   #3
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Nick, mine is a cast aluminum door and frame. Is that what you have?

I am afraid of breaking the door if I try to bend it.


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David, yes, a cast aluminium frame and a sheet aluminium skin. I'm also afraid of breaking the door each time I bend it, but I still do it. However, I'm a rock climber and sea kayaker, so I'm in the habit of doing apparently stupid things!
If you have a gap at the top, at least you know the cause, even if, understandably, you don't like my suggested solution. You could just use some self-adhesive draught excluder foam to close up the gap.
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When we redid our 72 Safari... We had the same issue. When I was told to put a 2x4 in the door and push hard on top and bottom of door.... I said WHAT!!! There is a UTube that shows how to adjust it. It works... I wanted more control... So I hooked a racrchet strap to top and bottom of door to aid the bending. Only caution would be take baby steps... If you go too far the door will have latching issues n you will have to reverse the process....
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More information here:
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Hey, it worked, I actually over bent the door and had to pull it back some. Tonight there will be more rain here in Austin, where I am parked, this should be a good test.
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