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Old 08-02-2016, 12:51 PM   #1
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Slide out rubber seal 2014 Forester 3011DS

During a recent heavy rain I noticed some water in the corner of the living room slide. I checked the side and top slide out rubber seals, all three were bunched up and not spread out properly. I was able to place them correctly using a stick.
I talked to the salesman, he said he was not aware of the issue, and it was no longer under warranty. He mentioned that some slideouts were using strips along the slides to pull the rubber out when the slide was moving out. He said they were not available for sale.
I talked to Forest River warranty, in Elkhart and received the same answer.
Now I need an 8 foot ladder and I am using an 8 foot 3/4 in quarter round to roll out the rubber when opening the slide out. GREAT.
If anyone has found a cure for this issue please let me and Forest River Know.
Thanks
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:38 PM   #2
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If your referring to the part of the slide seals that are supposed to "flap" back and forth as the slide moves in and out...

See my posts that I started on 4/22/2016, under Modifications and Updates, Slide Seal Flap Flappers. Shows, with pics, what I did to solve this problem.
Don't know how to "forward" those posts to your post.
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:44 PM   #3
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If your referring to the part of the slide seals that are supposed to "flap" back and forth as the slide moves in and out...

See my posts that I started on 4/22/2018, under Modifications and Updates, Slide Seal Flap Flappers. Shows, with pics, what I did to solve this problem.
Don't know how to "forward" those posts to your post.
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I can't find that post, can you just repost it here? ..
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:53 PM   #4
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Barely computer literate...don't know how to bring the post forward, and a bit long to repost.
Go to the Modification and Update section and under search put in Slide Seal Flap Flappers. Last post to it was on 05/20/2016. Just checked and it's there.
If someone else can bring it forward to here, thanks.
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Link to grumpy0374 prior "flapper" post.

Slide Seal Flap "Flappers"
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Old 08-04-2016, 06:25 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info, I found your post. How did you attach the strips to the slideout?
Did you put a similar strip on the top of the slide out?
I dont know why Forest River doesnt step up to the plate and admit this is a problem with their RVs and campers.
Thanks again and Have a good day
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:07 PM   #7
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Didn't need one on top of any of my slideouts...they seem to work fine.
As far as attachment...the trim I used, and any you find in auto stores will have a tape strip already applied. Just peel the carrier off and apply.
The better quality trim will have 3-M tape on it. It's the same stuff auto makers use to apply their stick on trim pieces. IT AIN'T COMMING OFF!!!
Have to clean the area your applying it to..I used mineral spirits, followed by a wipe with acetone. Final wipe with some alcohol.
Easy to apply, just remember, once it's down, it's down. Only safe way to remove it is with a heat gun or hair dryer.
Since I started that post, been on several trips, slides in and out dozens of times, with no problems.
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During a recent heavy rain I noticed some water in the corner of the living room slide. I checked the side and top slide out rubber seals, all three were bunched up and not spread out properly. I was able to place them correctly using a stick.
I talked to the salesman, he said he was not aware of the issue, and it was no longer under warranty. He mentioned that some slideouts were using strips along the slides to pull the rubber out when the slide was moving out. He said they were not available for sale.
I talked to Forest River warranty, in Elkhart and received the same answer.
Now I need an 8 foot ladder and I am using an 8 foot 3/4 in quarter round to roll out the rubber when opening the slide out. GREAT.
If anyone has found a cure for this issue please let me and Forest River Know.
Thanks
Ours were sticking. I used 303 spray lubricant on both sides of the seals. Sprayed it on and buffed with soft cloth. Also used 303 on top and sides to keep them sealed smooth. It works much better on the seals than any of the other rubber lubricants. I ordered it from Amazon but CW sometimes has it on the shelf (CW runs out often). Seals are very flexible and smooth and glide right along now.
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