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Old 05-08-2010, 11:46 AM   #1
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Slide Seal

I have a Holiday Rambler Admiral 35 with a super slide. In getting it ready for the season I noticed that the seal on the super slide is off it's mounting flange. This is the seal that is attached to the coach and stays stationary when the slide moves. The slide is sealed OK when the slide is open or closed but not when it is moved. Note that this seal is at the top and just lays on the top of the slide at present.

My question is: 1) How critical is this seal? 2) How would I go about re-attaching it?

Any guidance would be greatly appreciated
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What year is your Admiral and do you have a slide out topper? Inspect the slide out seal and if the inside spring is rusted out you will probably want to replace it. If you have a topper you will want to pin and remove from slide out wall, laying it on the roof to install seal. Run the slide out in about 6 " from full out, pull off old gasket and install new. After the gasket is in place clean the outer edge where the gasket and extruded aluminum meet and seal with a bead of clear silicone or pro flex to keep water from attacking the new spring steel over time.
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It is a 2008 model and does have a topper. From what I can see the spring clip does not appear to be rusted out but I cannot see the full length. How do I 'pin' the topper?

Thanks for your info.
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That "seal" is actually more of a wiper or flap, designed primarily to clean off the side/top as the slide moves in, so it is not really critical. The slide is sealed by the D-shaped rubber that presses against the side when fully open or closed. On the other hand, you don't want it hanging loose or getting caught up as the slide moves in/out either. Best to get it back where it belongs, as RV Wizard describes.
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It is a 2008 model and does have a topper. From what I can see the spring clip does not appear to be rusted out but I cannot see the full length. How do I 'pin' the topper?

Thanks for your info.

What brand of slide out topper do you have? The more information we have, the more accurate and precise our help will be.
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LamarAT... please go to my Photos Album and find some photos to verify if it is the same seal we replaced for the 4th time. (There will be an album with the Slide Seal and the Topper replacement.)
It is more critical than what the other posters make it sound if it is the seal that we have replaced.
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RE: Slide Seal

MM - glad to see you are still active! I have been away for a while so late in responding.

Yes, this is the same seal. Your pictures and explanation were excellent. Question: Did the non-skid surface solve the problems? My seal looks to be in fair shape even though it has come loose along the top. Should I consider trying to re-install it as is, perhaps with some weatherstrip adhesive? There are no leaks when the slide is in or out.

I have Carefree toppers on the slides.
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What brand of slide out topper do you have? The more information we have, the more accurate and precise our help will be.
It is a carefree topper
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MM - glad to see you are still active! I have been away for a while so late in responding.

Yes, this is the same seal. Your pictures and explanation were excellent. Question: Did the non-skid surface solve the problems? My seal looks to be in fair shape even though it has come loose along the top. Should I consider trying to re-install it as is, perhaps with some weatherstrip adhesive? There are no leaks when the slide is in or out.

I have Carefree toppers on the slides.
LamarAT...I am about ready to go into work... I am on the downhill slide of a 60 hour week this weekend..but I will answer you tonight or tomorrow AM
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When it is open or closed that seal is important since it keeps rain, bugs and such out (Even hot/cold air)

When it's moving you do not want a tight seal because the interior volume of the "House" is changing and you need to let air in or out to equalize the pressure.
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