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Old 08-05-2013, 05:00 PM   #1
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Hi all,

So before the rains will start in California, I hope to have my 63 Tradewind more or less sealed. The windowframes to trailer connections are good, most glazing is fine, I think, two windows need glass (an obvious problem), and last but not least, the weatherstripping (between the frame and the window) is completely dried out on all windows.
Here is my question: what is the best replacement for the weatherstripping seal. The original is a bulb seal, I believe, but some have complained about this seal and recommend a D-seal. I have not been able to find this D-seal.
Last, I should probably mention that I do not care about the seals being original or not. I admire purists, but I just want something that works well.

Thanks!

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Old 08-05-2013, 05:21 PM   #2
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All I replace it with is bulb seal. It has worked great since 1958. I am a purist however.
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I echo Frank's comments above. Vintagetrailersupply.com carries a very good quality reproduction. The key is to not stretch it as you apply it as it will try to return to it's original size and you'll end up with a gap somewhere. I'm sure some have great luck with the D gasket, but as a person that has spent countless hours picking the glue out of the grove for that bulb seal from the previous owner's attempt to glue on weatherstrip, I wouldn't recommend it either.
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I guess I can be a purist and make it work
Thanks for the helpful replies!

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There are two types of bulb seal. The "t' on one is equal, on the other, one side is slightly longer. The second works best on yours.
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