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Old 08-24-2018, 11:07 AM   #1
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Loose Rubber Seal in Storage Compartment

In the large storage compartment beneath the twin beds of my 25' FB Int'l, there is a very thick rubber seal (weather stripping?) that fits on top of the edge of the compartment where it meets the compartment door when closed. (Photos attached). I use this compartment to store hoses, electrical harness, awning rod, broom, etc., so I'm pulling stuff out and putting it back in and these activities brush against the seal, especially at the bottom. Recently (day 65 of a long shakedown cruise), the seal started coming up off the edge. I've been adding items to my warranty list (all minor, by the way) but this seems like something I could easily fix so have a couple of questions:
Would you use glue to make it adhere? If yes, what? If no, what?
Does it bother anyone that they cut the seal so that the two ends meet in the bottom center of the compartment? Would that juncture be better if it were centered on the top of the opening, or on the side? That bothers me for some reason and it looks ugly.
Thanks for any help.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:46 AM   #2
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3m weatherstripping adhesive is what I'm using for all my gaskets on my build.
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Old 08-24-2018, 11:49 AM   #3
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Yup, stick it on, and forget it.
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Old 08-24-2018, 12:17 PM   #4
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We used to call the yellow stuff... "elephant snot" but someone caught on and actually came out with something that will remove it. 😂

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Old 08-24-2018, 03:53 PM   #5
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Less leaky with the juncture at the bottom.
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Old 08-24-2018, 04:03 PM   #6
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Less leaky with the juncture at the bottom.
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Water *can* come in or out at the junction. You very much do not want it at the top. If it's there, you will get water into the compartment. On the side, you can get a dribble in, but it's not as easy. The correct place for the junction (leak wise) is at the bottom.

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Old 08-24-2018, 04:09 PM   #7
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Use a pair of pliers to squeeze the "pinch" mounting that is embedded into the rubber. 3M elephant snot (3M Super Weatherstrip Adhesive) will help keep it in place, just remember to apply the snot to both things to be attached and then let set for 5 minutes then re-install. Use gloves cause the stuff is really sticky., and don't get it anywhere near your aluminum skin!
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:15 AM   #8
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Ah, that makes sense, thanks for the knowledge.
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:16 AM   #9
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Thank you very much for the detailed use instructions - will do!
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:52 AM   #10
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The metal fingers in my weatherstripping were rusted so bad that they wouldn’t grip any more and would interfere with any adhesive trying to stick the weatherstrip back in place. I ordered new weatherstrip from Sanders RV. They looked up the part number, ordered the weatherstrip and sent it to me, but it was not the same as what was on my trailer. I took pictures and measured the stuff I had. They found the right stripping, ordered it, and took the first one back.

If you decide to replace it, cut out the middle step. Make measurements, take pictures, and send them to a dealer to order it for you. I replaced all of mine since they were all in the same condition.

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One thing to check while you are at it are the door latches. I found mine loose after 14 seasons. Loose latches can let water in. One good feature about Airstream's design are the inward sloping bottom panels and doors. They are less likely to leak than vertical panel and doors.
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Old 08-25-2018, 06:21 PM   #12
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I just let mine come undone and place it back afterwards. When pulling out a heavy large object, it protects the edge while not damaging itself—kind of like a soft roller. I think if I were to glue it in place, it would probably tear eventually.
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Old 08-25-2018, 07:33 PM   #13
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My trailer had a couple of leaks in those compartments. Neither the gasket nor the lock were to blame. Water was coming in from the pop rivets that hold the hinges on. A little Captain Tolleys on each rivet fixed that problem.
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