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Old 06-11-2015, 07:02 PM   #1
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Tree limb damage

If it werenít for bad luck Iíd have n............well you know how it goes.
Spent 5 days at the Big Spring Campground (part of the National Park Service) on the Current River in the Ozark National Scenic Riverways in Missouri last week. On our last night at about 4:30 in the morning I was awaken by a crashing sound and the aframe shaking. At first I thought someone had run into us. I opened the blind on the bubble window over the bed and saw a somewhat large limb laying against the aframe. The pictures show what I saw when I went out to investigate.
No fiber glass is cracked or damaged and the bubble window made it with only some scuff marks. But it did rip a pathway right through the seal.
Has anybody had to replace this seal? I have plenty of the foam seal left over, from a past problem, to do the entire seal 3 or 4 times but have none of the rubber portion which actually is a separate seal.
Thinking about replacing only the damaged portion of the foam seal after squaring it up and just using some good 100 % silicone to piece back the rubber portion that was ripped away. What do you think?
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Old 06-11-2015, 10:33 PM   #2
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I personally would take it to the dealer and get the whole thing replaced. Probably a lot more costly than your patch idea, but peace of mind and not worrying about future leaks is worth something too.
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Old 06-11-2015, 11:48 PM   #3
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I'd remove the foam seal and replace with a new one. Call Forest River for the part. Another A-Framer I know recently replaced hers. I think she said the hardest part was removing the adhesive from the original one.
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Old 06-12-2015, 10:07 AM   #4
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The dealer is 360 miles away. Have taken it there once for a different repair and even though they did a very good job I'm not in a hurry to do it again for something I can repair. I have all the foam seal I need, about 30 ft. It's the rubber seal that I don't have and know I could get from FR. There is also a bead of adhesive caulk the full length of the foam seal that would have to be removed. My motto is 'if it's been applied it can be removed', but sometimes with a lot of work. I will try 'patching' it and then hitting it good with the garden hose to see what happens.
Thanks for the replies.
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