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Old 09-04-2015, 03:08 PM   #1
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Replacing Slide Seals

Has anyone replaced the seals / gaskets on their slide outs? I have 2 that are leaking water when it rains. If so, what did you replace with? Thanks
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I am in the process of replacing mine right now. I ordered from the manufacturer so fit would not be an issue, although I am sure if you are diligent aftermarket ones could be found. My OEM gaskets were white, but I am replacing with black to hide stains and also most shops have found the black rubber more resilient than the white.

The process is pretty straightforward, the most time consuming part was cleaning and removing the old adhesive and caulk. I used a small razor scraper and acetone and got everything off without too much difficulty, just tedious work. I would allow 4-6 hours per slide out for removal and prep.

The new seals fit like a cap over the wall ends and have 2 wipers. The outside has an adhesive strip and I followed up with a small staple every 10 inches or so. Once it was stapled I then dabbed each staple with pro flex caulk. Staples only on the inside wall. I then used Proflex black caulk and beaded the entire outside edge of the gaskets. It finished off with a "D" style gasket that slides onto the wiper gasket inside the coach and outside (I did no caulking inside however). The top wiper I cut in a notched fashion to have the outside "surface" portion that holds the D channel overlap the sides plus an additional 1/4 inch. I then filled the ends the D gasket with a black caulk plug to keep critters out.

If I get a chance I will try to post up a pic or 2 later this weekend but it turned out very nice and I believe I did a better job than the original installation. A good piece of advice is allow a day or 2 between removal and install as you will most likely have wet wood under the old gaskets that will need drying out, I put a fan on the roof of the slide out overnight.
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Thank you.

Thanks for the reply. Our seals are hard to see on the inside due to the wiper seal on the outside. The wipers themselves have a metal cage type thing that runs against the outside slide frame and I can't understand how this attaches therefore I'm very reluctant in pulling it off. I can feel inside the wiper on the bottom and there are short pieces of seal there on the inside and out then continue up further to the top but I don't think there should be a gap there. There are up to 4 different types of seals on each slide. If only I could see inside. I would love to see pictures of your progress. It just may help me.


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I am in the process of replacing mine right now. I ordered from the manufacturer so fit would not be an issue, although I am sure if you are diligent aftermarket ones could be found. My OEM gaskets were white, but I am replacing with black to hide stains and also most shops have found the black rubber more resilient than the white.

The process is pretty straightforward, the most time consuming part was cleaning and removing the old adhesive and caulk. I used a small razor scraper and acetone and got everything off without too much difficulty, just tedious work. I would allow 4-6 hours per slide out for removal and prep.

The new seals fit like a cap over the wall ends and have 2 wipers. The outside has an adhesive strip and I followed up with a small staple every 10 inches or so. Once it was stapled I then dabbed each staple with pro flex caulk. Staples only on the inside wall. I then used Proflex black caulk and beaded the entire outside edge of the gaskets. It finished off with a "D" style gasket that slides onto the wiper gasket inside the coach and outside (I did no caulking inside however). The top wiper I cut in a notched fashion to have the outside "surface" portion that holds the D channel overlap the sides plus an additional 1/4 inch. I then filled the ends the D gasket with a black caulk plug to keep critters out.

If I get a chance I will try to post up a pic or 2 later this weekend but it turned out very nice and I believe I did a better job than the original installation. A good piece of advice is allow a day or 2 between removal and install as you will most likely have wet wood under the old gaskets that will need drying out, I put a fan on the roof of the slide out overnight.
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