Originally Posted by Grums
I would love some photos. If it's the same and sounds like it is, I'll give them to my dealer in hopes of solving our problem. Thanks again for all your help. Look forward to your reply. Cheers.
OK, I apologize in advance for the poor quality (cell phone) of the pics, but I did the best I could with the time/equipment I had. Honestly, if you open the slideout and look underneath, I think it will make more sense.
FYI, the perspective of these photos is taken while lying down looking up at the aft part of the roadside slideout:
Looking at the second photo, you can see how I added the aluminum sheeting (actually roof flashing since it’s all I had available at the campground) in order to give the slideout seal something to “push” against when closed. I used the trim seal screws (one of which is visible just to the left of red arrow, more visible in first photo) to punch through and hold the aluminum sheeting. I cut the flashing such that it's tucked behind the non-moving skin rubber seal and isn't visible when the slideout is open.
(I put "pop-rivet" in the first photo, but after inspecting closer I decided to use the factory trim screws as it was easier and less permanent in case the mod didn't work.)
In other words, the “white” arrow portion was bypassing the non-moving skin seal (underneath/on outer side of red), causing the “white” arrow portion to tear when opening/closing. I hope this makes sense.
Like I said, open the slideout, unscrew the trim seal from the non-moving skin of the trailer, and I’m confident you will see the problem (if in fact FR cut the skin too “short” on your trailer like they did to mine).
Please also note that I added some spray foam after doing the modification. You can see the "new" foam in the first photo as the brighter yellow stuff. I had to cut away some of the factory foam to tuck in the new piece of aluminum before screwing it down. A $5 can of expanding insualtion foam from your local home improvement store will do the job (wear disposable gloves!!!)