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Old 08-02-2013, 01:09 PM   #1
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slide out seal leaking

So we are parked in Ouray CO for a couple of weeks and one of our slides has developed a leak that is apparently at the corner and around the seal. We look a little like the Beverly Hillbillies with the tarp, duct tape, and bungee cords that are our temporary fix for the rest of our stay here. Had a big rain with lots of wind last night and our fix is working so far. Anyway, when we get home I will take the coach to my regular service guy and have him fix/replace that seal. Anybody had this done and can give me an idea of the cost? My main question is since the coach is an 05' model would it be worth the money to have all of the seals on all four slides replaced just so we could avoid (hopefully) and similar problems for several years to come or just do the one and see what happens? The seals all feel soft and get "lubricated" a couple of times a year. We store the coach with the slides "in" and under cover. Any thoughts, suggestions?
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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Hi chuck49,
If you are caring for the seals, it is unusual for one to deteriorate that far. Does the offending seal look and feel like the other seals? If so, maybe an adjustment of the slide is needed.

Based on the information in the OP, I'd replace only the offending seal and only after other possible solutions are eliminated.
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Old 08-02-2013, 02:37 PM   #3
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One of my bedroom slides was leaking and I just had it fixed at Alliance Coach. They replaced the seal and the cost was about $2,000. Most of the cost is labor. I'm hoping the other 3 last for a while.

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Old 08-02-2013, 06:42 PM   #4
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Good information. Thanks for the feedback. I trust my service guy so I will have them look at it and go from there. The seals feel good so we'll address the bad one for now and see what happens. Maybe an adjustment will do it.
Thanks again. Safe travels everyone.
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Is it a rubber seal or a box seal at is leaking, check this out may help
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Old 08-02-2013, 09:33 PM   #6
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I had a leak on my slide and it ended up being on the top of the slide where it meets the inside decorative trim piece along the top. Pull the slide in and look behind the top decorative trim piece. I had to run a piece of externabond tape all the way across the top behind the trim.

It worked and my slide does not leak anymore.
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I had a leak on my slide and it ended up being on the top of the slide where it meets the inside decorative trim piece along the top. Pull the slide in and look behind the top decorative trim piece. I had to run a piece of externabond tape all the way across the top behind the trim.

It worked and my slide does not leak anymore.
We are experiencing the exact same problem. We have a topper on the slide yet there is water collecting on the top of the slide. There is no water on the bedroom slide. Wind is not an issue. We would like to know how to stop the water from collecting there. Any ideas out there as to why water is collecting underneath the topper?
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Unless there are holes in the topper it just about has to be wind blowing water under the topper. That shouldn't be a problem though. The bulb seal between the inside slide flange (top, sides, and bottom) and the wall should keep the water out. When you bring the slide in the wiper should squeegee the water off the top of the slide.
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Just for information, the flexible seal you see when you are standing outside and looking at the side of the slide (same for top) are the wiper seals. They really just wipe off excess moisture that may collect on the slide sides, or top. It is stationary and does not move with the slide, it just bends inward or outward. Sometimes it binds and you can see when the slide is extended that it did not "wipe" out when the slide was extended. It does provide a little protection from rain but that is not its sole purpose.

Then there are two seals One is on the outside of the slide periphery an the other is behind the trim on the inside. When the slide is extended the inside seal is butted up against the inside of the MH providing a seal. When the slide is retracted the outside seal butts up against the outside of the MH.

One method of looking for slide seal leaks is at night with a flash light. Have someone go inside with a strong flashlight and with the slide extended and the lights off inside, move the light around. You should not see any light on the outside. If you do, mark the spot, and that is most likely where the leak is.

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I have a torn seal on my living room slide. Last week I met with my RV guy at Centennial RV in Grand Junction. Estimate is $300 plus the cost of the seal to repair. He is contacting Winnebago to purchase the correct seal. Point being, I would check around on my pricing.
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Is it just any double sided tape that is used to attach those seal strips?
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I think water accumulates under the topper on the slide because it either drips off the edge and runs underneath before dripping. Or it is blown onto the top of the slide during a rain storm.

Anybody who has a leak from the slide should install externbond tape along the top inside edge of the slide. Pull the slide in, and look behind the top trim piece. There are multible sheets of metal that form the top inside edge of the slide. when the slide is out this edge is up against the seal, water can get through weep through the seams of the metal and drip inside the RV.

A few dollars for the externabond tape cheap fix.
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