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Old 09-28-2019, 11:13 AM   #1
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New Vibe: wiper seal destroyed roof on slide

I have a new vibe 28RL 2020. bought on 9/19/19. Camped it once for a couple days on the way home from the dealer which is unfortunately 5 hours away. After getting home I opened slides to clean and check for leaves on top of the slide roofs. I was shocked to see that the slide wiper seals glued/fused themselves to the roof material and ripped a line of pinholes and bigger holes out of material from the roof. I contacted FR Vibe yesterday via email and they said they will try to locate a dealer near me to look at the damage. waiting impatiently. I'm confused as to how the seal could adhere itself to the roof membrane. I sent pic to FR along with my email. Anybody ever experience anything like this?Click image for larger version

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Old 09-28-2019, 04:40 PM   #2
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That looks a little more serious to be caused by the wiper seal! There are also gouges in the wood!
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Old 09-29-2019, 10:11 AM   #3
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Looks like wood pecker damage to me.
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Old 09-29-2019, 11:46 AM   #4
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yup, its very odd. After initial contact with FR, FR first response is that it's a roof material issue. We'll soon see.
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Old 09-29-2019, 04:20 PM   #5
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Honestly that looks like critter damage. Some kind of bug was eating the wood and the fiber. Where was this stuck and do you see pieces of the fiber stuck to the other piece? I am not 100% sure that I know exactly what I am looking at. I expected to see two pieces of something, each with pieces of the other stuck to it.



Sorry this is as clear as mud but I need more information.



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Old 09-29-2019, 05:22 PM   #6
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yes, as I posted originally, the wiper seal fused itself to the roof membrane. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-29-2019, 05:34 PM   #7
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That does indeed look like the wiper was stuck. Very strange. Please keep us posted.
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Old 09-29-2019, 05:57 PM   #8
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yes, as I posted originally, the wiper seal fused itself to the roof membrane. Attachment 216191

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I had a problem with a small leak on the roof of my slide. Took it to a dealer and they used dicor all along the roof edge of the slide out. When I went back to pick up the slide stuck them loosened itself wrecking the seal. The seal looked like the picture but the seal gave and not the roof. Was there anyway that dicor could have attached to the seal and roof in the retracted position? They had to clean up the roof and replace the seal.

Just a guess.
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Old 09-29-2019, 06:11 PM   #9
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I donít know what caused that to stick. Seal lubricant, something they cleaned/prepped it with, change in roof or seal composition or something similar. One thing for sure...if they changed one/some of the materials we will be seeing many more.

FWIW once itís replaced I would put down a 4 or 6Ē strip of eternabond.
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Old 09-30-2019, 08:19 AM   #10
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Don't know it this matters

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yes, as I posted originally, the wiper seal fused itself to the roof membrane. Attachment 216191

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When rereading the entire post this stood out.



"After getting home I opened slides to clean and check for leaves on top of the slide roofs. I was shocked to see that the slide wiper seals glued/fused themselves to the roof material and ripped a line of pinholes and bigger holes out of material from the roof."


Prolly makes no difference but always check and clean you slide out roof before you close it unless you have a slide topper and even then look through it to be sure no one is nesting there.


Good luck withy your issue.



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Old 09-30-2019, 10:55 AM   #11
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How long had your unit been sitting in the sun (first at the factory; then, on the dealer's lot) before you received it? I could see, that over an extended period, some "adhesion" could occur between seals and the surfaces said seals are supposed to seal against and protect (similar to the way new units have dead batteries and "old" tires).
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Old 09-30-2019, 06:17 PM   #12
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How long had your unit been sitting in the sun (first at the factory; then, on the dealer's lot) before you received it? I could see, that over an extended period, some "adhesion" could occur between seals and the surfaces said seals are supposed to seal against and protect (similar to the way new units have dead batteries and "old" tires).


I agree except there are people who put out the slides and leave all season...then bring them in.

Didnít they say it was a 2020?
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Old 09-30-2019, 09:17 PM   #13
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Talked to Forest River. This is a known issue with the roofing material. The roof material vendor changed or added some compound within the makeup of the roof material rendering it incompatible with the wiper seal rubber. the heat from the sun activates the compound causing it to fuse together. It's 100% the roof material. Also, we'll be seeing this come up more as a lot of TT's went out with this issue.
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