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Old 10-29-2011, 04:43 PM   #1
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Door leak

I was wondering if it is possible to double up door gaskets for a part that is leaking.it appears to have a little gap on handle side near where it curves at top.i replaced door gasket with 3m and I still have a little water right in front door after rain.door shuts very good and tight just gap in that area i think.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:08 PM   #2
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I was wondering if it is possible to double up door gaskets for a part that is leaking.it appears to have a little gap on handle side near where it curves at top.i replaced door gasket with 3m and I still have a little water right in front door after rain.door shuts very good and tight just gap in that area i think.
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Sorry, but the door is sprung.

Adding an additional gasket, will spring it some more.

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Old 10-29-2011, 06:45 PM   #3
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Likely Not the Door at All

In the '75 Sovereign 31' that puddle ( and rotten floor) in front of the door may be coming from the ceiling vent fixture. The outer layer of plastic cracks and fails and the rain comes in and follows the curve of the inner skin to the door frame and puddles in front of the door.

There are several threads that address this.

When you examine the vent from the inside, the inner layer of plastic may look fine. You must inspect from topside.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:32 PM   #4
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My door leak was not the door but the door frame and the window to the right of the door frame. Get inside the trailer and have someone spray it with a hose. The door frame will catch and funnel a lot of the water back outside the trailer even if the gasket leaks a little.

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Old 10-29-2011, 08:16 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info.i thought I had it fixed so I installed my laminate floors but didn't finish in front of door about two strips ran out.got lucky with that,vapor barrier caught the water about a palm full. I had my daughters checking floor several times because I was out of town and was panicking because of all the rain.it was dry until that little area.ill do the hose test tomorrow I sealed all the vents last week.we'll see.thanks
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Old 11-01-2011, 09:38 PM   #6
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I think I found one of my leaks.i replaced door gasket without directions and put seam in middle of upper part of door thinking the little eyebrow would deflect.i was wrong it drips right down screen onto floor.also front vent appears to leak but can't find it.ive caulked everything and it runs Down skin to side windows and drips on inner paneling to floor very frustrating. Where should door seam be?thanks
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Sorry, We Let You Down...

Seam in door gasket should be centered at bottom of door.
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How does one unsprung a door? My hinges have some wear on them but not a lot at this point. The front edge is a little lower than the hinge side due to the clearances opening up in the hinges.

How does a door get sprung, from coming open driving down the road?

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Sorry, but the door is sprung.

Adding an additional gasket, will spring it some more.

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Old 11-02-2011, 09:17 PM   #9
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You are right alumoholic I should have asked on here for instructions.oh well call and order another door seal.do the window seals go the same way?
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In a Word, "Yes"

I have replaced all the window seals and both door seals on a '76 Sovereign and a '76 Safari. They have the same windows an door as yours.
In all cases, the original seals had the seam centered at the bottom.

The square window in front and rear is more challenging since each corner must be mitered. I never achieved a factory-perfect installation when I replaced those seals on either Airstream. So, in my case at least, practice did not make perfect.
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I have replaced all the window seals and both door seals on a '76 Sovereign and a '76 Safari. They have the same windows an door as yours.
In all cases, the original seals had the seam centered at the bottom.

The square window in front and rear is more challenging since each corner must be mitered. I never achieved a factory-perfect installation when I replaced those seals on either Airstream. So, in my case at least, practice did not make perfect.
Your asking for a water leak when you mitre the window gasket corners.

The "D" gasket does go around corners just fine.

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We don't mitre the corners for the front windows or for any other older windows when using the "D" gasket in our shop.

Airstream, however, does flare the corners with the old double flared gasket, and in simple terms, causes those windows to "LEAK" big time.

Makes one wonder.

When the "D" gasket or the double flared gasket is proper applied with the black 3M super weatherstrip adhesive, making the square corners with a small radius is easy as pie.

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Old 11-04-2011, 06:46 AM   #13
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Thanks guys for the info.if I'm correct door seam and windows one seam in the bottom middle .I am using black 3m and gaskets from inland RV so it should be right stuff.just have to reorder door gasket since I messed up.
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