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Old 07-02-2010, 02:01 PM   #1
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Slide Problem

I have a 2010 Georgetown 320DS. The bottom rubber seal on the main slide has come loose and gets caught between the rollers and the slide. If I am careful when extending the slide , I can keep the seal from pulled between the roller. I called the dealer, whom I have little faith in, and he told me what would be involved in replacing the seal. Since I don't want the dealer to fix it, I called the factory to arrange for service. I was told by the factory service manager that the seal was for cosmetic purposes. He said that I should cut the seal out or take it to the dealer to have them remove the seal. He also said the not removing it could cause damage to the slide. He then stated that the 2011 units did not have the seal anymore because of the numerous problems that it has caused. Has anyone else ever heard of this before? I am a little skeptical.

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Old 07-02-2010, 02:19 PM   #2
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The factory probably knows what they are talking about. I don't see that the bottom wiper seal would make a difference and if they are in fact leaving them out then it must be just fine. For what it's worth I don't trust many dealers either but FR can authorize repairs by independent shops if you express your concerns.

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Old 07-04-2010, 05:59 PM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply NWJeeper. I called the service manager at the dealer and told him what the factory said about the problem. He then said " Oh! I think I did see something about that somewhere." So maybe that is the fix. I still need to extend the slide and try to get the loose seal out. I could take it to the dealer, but it is a 200 mile round trip. Again thanks for the reply.
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Old 07-13-2011, 08:31 PM   #4
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My All American Sport Toyhauler is missing a bottom seal on one slide and when traveling in the rain the missing seal allows the slide to leak onto the floor inside the unit saturating the carpet. This is a problem so I will be replacing my bottom seal.
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Old 08-09-2011, 12:23 AM   #5
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I feel your pain, I just bought a 2011 Georgetown 341 and had a similar problem. I was going through 30 amp fuses like a mad man when retracting the drivers side slide. The problem was the bottom weather stripping was getting caught between the bottom of the slide and the guide rollers. The dealer fixed it by installing a new weather stripping and notching out around the rollers. Since the bottom of the slide does'nt get much water, I guess its an alright fix.
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Old 08-09-2011, 05:35 PM   #6
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I have an 2007 391TS and it doesn't have any bottom seal. I'm not sure what a bottom seal would do anyway. The side seals have been sticky and have picked up caulk from the slide out joint seams making them worse. I've cleaned that out and un-kinked them. It's no biggie to pull them out of the channels they are in and clean them up. Re-installing is just pushing rubber into a U shaped channel. I use a lithium grease on the seals to make the slides work better. I've never had a water leak, knock on wood, so I must be doing something right.
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Old 08-09-2011, 08:13 PM   #7
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Without a bottom seal, what's going to keep the bugs out, cold air or hot air in or out depending on the season??
Won't it be totally open to the outside on the bottom?
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:09 PM   #8
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I have had the same issue with our wiper slide rubber coming off when open and closing because of the caulk. Not sure what the bottom seal does when the slide is open as a large gap exists in several spots that would let in bugs and such.
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Old 08-22-2011, 11:43 AM   #9
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I have not posted since last year, so here is my update. After my last post, I cut just the loose rubber off from the slide. We then spent 8 weeks on the road with no problems with the slide. After getting back we had a long list of items that needed to be fixed. The dealer had our unit for about 8 weeks. Waiting on parts was the excuse. We had the front air replaced, microwave replaced, leveling panel replaced, frontend alignment done, CO / Gas detector replaced and other minor repairs. However, while it was there they cut the rest of the rubber seal off from the slide. I did not ask them to do it, nor did they remove the rubber from the other slide. Fortunately, we have not had any problems with rain or bugs. I do think it lets in cool air when it is cold outside.

In my original contact with the factory, they said they were not putting the seal on new units. Apparently, that was not the truth. Hope everyone else is having better luck than we did.

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Old 08-22-2011, 05:45 PM   #10
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You are correct. That is not the truth...I have a new 2011 360 and we have the rubber on all the slides.

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