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Old 09-28-2019, 06:18 PM   #1
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Rear Side Storage Door Leaks

While I had the furniture and flooring out of the bedroom of our Classic 30 slideout I observed a strange leak at the roadside storage door and the beginning of one on the curbside door. Water was wicking up between the vertical surface of the closed door and the gasket, spilling over the top of the gasket, and running across the floor.

When I bought the trailer I discovered that the rubber seals were in bad shape. The steel fingers that held the gaskets on the lip of the opening in the side of the trailer were rusted away on the bottom side. I ordered replacement seals by the foot from Sanders RV. When they arrived it was clear they were the wrong material as there was a 1/4" gap between the seal and the door. I took measurements and sent them along with photographs to David and he ordered me a different seal. This one looked right, but still doesn't make a good seal. I called OODM about the seal they advertise for the purpsoe and was told it was "about 1-1/4" across the top. My seal is about 1-1/4" so I think I have the right seal and the door may be mounted slightly outboard so it doesn't seal well.

I'm considering two alternatives:
1. Put a thin rubber flat seal around the inside edge of the door to bear on the existing seal and tighten up the seal to the door or,
2. Put a similar seal around the bottom edge of the door or on the inside of the flange to fill the area where water is assumed to be collecting before wicking up into the bedroom.

Has anyone dealt with this problem and if so, how did you do it?

Thanks,

Al
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:29 AM   #2
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Here is a picture of the leak in progress. You can see the gleam of the water wicking up between the gasnet and the door, running across the top of the gasket and the mousefur covering the frame of the opening and then trickling across the floor.

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It was not raining hard.

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