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Old 04-29-2015, 09:53 PM   #1
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Slide out seal gaps

I have a 2014 3010DS. Recently I was looking under the sofa deck with the slide extended and I could see this big area of daylight. I checked from the outside and saw that there is no seal at all on the inner area of the two slide brackets. The gap doesn't appear that big of a deal but it's definitely large enough for insects or small animals to get through. My main concern is generator exhaust coming into the coach.

I showed it to the dealer and they had no idea what to do about the problem. I dropped the unit off at the shop for some periodic maintenance before this spring and to try and close the gap. I picked it up the other day after several weeks and the seal problem hasn't been resolved. Has any of you seasoned travelers seen or had this problem? Any ideas on what I might do about it? Traveling season is starting up and I'd feel better knowing I'm sealed up rather than stuffing foam in the bracket every time I set up.

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Old 04-29-2015, 10:10 PM   #2
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I don't think there should be any opening to the outside, like you said insects could get in not to mention water if there is some wind driven rain. I would get some good pictures and contact FR about it, include your vin so they can check up on it.
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Old 04-30-2015, 09:35 PM   #3
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We have just a rubber flap with cutouts for the slide gear rack. I have cut pool noodles to stuff in the gap in cold or buggy conditions. Works for me.


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Old 04-30-2015, 10:11 PM   #4
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I was figuring I would try the same thing. I'm glad to hear that it works. I'm still going to try FR to see what they have to say. I use those same pool noodles for corner guards on the slides.
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Old 05-01-2015, 01:57 PM   #5
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I have a 2500TS with the same problem the RV repair said he ordered a wider gasket for it???? I am waiting to see how it is repaired???




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Old 05-01-2015, 08:44 PM   #6
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I was figuring I would try the same thing. I'm glad to hear that it works. I'm still going to try FR to see what they have to say. I use those same pool noodles for corner guards on the slides.

I had to kind of sculpt around the gear rack. Just make sure that the bottom of the side flaps are not tucked in behind the noodle. Rain will run down the side flap and into the coach.


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Old 05-01-2015, 09:00 PM   #7
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Might try to install some garage door seal used on the bottom of the doors.
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Old 05-02-2015, 10:55 AM   #8
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I was shocked when I saw daylight the first time looking along the side wall of my slide out. I went outside and saw the the seals were there, but the floor had actually come loose from the walls and was drooping beneath the wall at the middle about a 1/2" (I could get the tips of my fingers up through it into the trailer). I contacted the dealer and talked to the service manager who, of course had never seen anything like it. He said if I wanted to bring it in they would look at it, but to be honest with me he doubted there was anything they could do. He suggested I get some of that foam that swells up when you spray it. The FLOOR is falling down. I called FR for 3 days until I finally got a knowledgeable engineer on the line who suggested I buy about 12 small steel "L" brackets packaged with four screws for each. He then suggested I jack the floor up until it was even with the wall, and fasten the brackets side to bottom, using a straight edge to make sure the floor was completely level with the wall. (I pulled up the black rubber/vinyl cover and screwed the brackets in under that so they weren't exposed.)
I ran a heavy bead of outdoor silicone adhesive before fastening them.

As I was doing this, I came across several light gauge staples that had pulled loose allowing the floor to drop down. I went back to HD and bought more brackets and fastened them all the way around. Then I ran another heavy bead of silicone under the rubber/vinyl edge that drops down and staked up a horizontal 2x4 all the way around until the adhesive set. Now I feel no draft and can see no light. It really bothers me that assemblers tacked that floor in with a staple gun. But the service manager at the dealership where I bought it new just assured himself that he will never get another dime from me.
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Old 05-11-2015, 08:23 AM   #9
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I contacted my dealer on another issue last week and discussed these seals. It seems the tech staff didn't quite understand what my problem with the seal was. I got those pictures taken with my phone and showed them to the service rep. They forwarded them to FR themselves to get some clarity on this issue and what to do about it. We'll see what they come up with.

In case some of you aren't sure what I'm talking about, I've attached 3 photos. One is from the inside looking out under the sofa section of the slide. You can clearly see the daylight and this drew my attention to the seal. One is an up close view under the slide track from outside. That brown you see is the bottom of the kitchen cabinet on the opposite side of the coach. The last was from back at the edge of the slide looking down the track. It shows the outside of the coach body and the bottom edge of the opening. The only seal there is the gasket that seals the opening when the slide is closed.Click image for larger version

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Old 05-11-2015, 10:06 PM   #10
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I have been thinking about trying something like this. The brushes come in different lengths. Why FR does not do something like this, ??
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