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Old 09-16-2021, 03:09 PM   #1
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Exterior mildew

We have a 2019 Nest which we are enjoying. It's a great size for just the 2 of us and sometimes our dog. Like most folks we had some number of initial irritating quality issues but we got them all sorted out.
My concern now is with the horizontal seam seal that runs fully around the main body at a mid point beltline location. It seems to invite mildew growth and then rain washes streaks down the lower body of the unit.
I've tried various anti-bacterial cleaners and some bleach based bathroom cleaning products but without much luck.
Has anyone experienced this and solved it? Thanks in advance for any responses.
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Old 09-16-2021, 03:17 PM   #2
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Regularly cleaning the trailer and storing under cover is the best way to prevent it.
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Yes, of course but that strip seems to invite the mildew very rapidly. Wondering if anyone has found anything especially effective at cleaning it and/or preventing it.
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Old 09-16-2021, 04:14 PM   #4
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Yes, of course but that strip seems to invite the mildew very rapidly. Wondering if anyone has found anything especially effective at cleaning it and/or preventing it.
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The strip its self is not the issue. It's metal and rubber. Neither on promotes or nourishes the growth of "stuff". The only reason for growth is that dirt and dust accumulates in that area. The strip blocks rain from washing it off. Any cleaning process will take care of the issue if you do it often enough.

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Look into a product called Wet n Forget. You will most likely need the one for exterior surfaces. I've used this on the Airstream and it works well. It takes several days to several weeks to do it's thing, but it does absolutely work on mold, mildew and fungus. It will then leave a slight residual on the skin of the camper and continue to kill mold, etc, for another year or so. It's one of those products that's almost too good to be true.

You can even call the company and talk a live human being in the United States who can help you choose the right product and the best way to use it. (for the siding on my house, I just spray it on and wait a couple weeks, mold and mildew are gone)

I think your camper has a fiberglass shell? What is that belt-line area made of? Aluminum? This product should be 100% safe on both, but check with them to be sure.

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Old 09-16-2021, 08:40 PM   #6
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The trim is rubber (or something like rubber) and I've heard several owners say they've had it replaced. Evidently it doesn't hold up very well in the weather. I use an exterior auto vinyl trim product (probably similar to your recommendation) on mine and it still looks pretty good...but I also have the luxury of storing our Nest inside
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The trim is rubber (or something like rubber) and I've heard several owners say they've had it replaced. Evidently it doesn't hold up very well in the weather. I use an exterior auto vinyl trim product (probably similar to your recommendation) on mine and it still looks pretty good...but I also have the luxury of storing our Nest inside
Looking at your trim it looks like it lays nice and flat on the upper body. mine has a little gap. Does yours.
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Looking at your trim it looks like it lays nice and flat on the upper body. mine has a little gap. Does yours.
small gap in certain areas, but pretty flat overall.
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