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Old 07-18-2013, 06:47 PM   #1
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Slide gasket - destroyed.

On 36RE curb side gasket top side was replaced Wed. am. took about an hour to drive home. Open the slides and the gasket all ready had about a 12" spot in about 2 feet starting to come apart.

It looks a like a chemical dissolving of the spot, kind of tacky vary raged edges. There is a rubber build up full length of the slide top edge.

Cedar Creek warranty has been real good to work with as far as replacing, but would like to find the cause.

If anyone has seen this type of gasket DE-solving let me know how it was resolved.
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Old 07-18-2013, 08:55 PM   #2
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Sure it's not the slide rubbing on the gasket? One way i would test it is to unwrap a crayon, put it in between the gasket and the slide where you see the wear and drive around a bit. If there is quite a bit of the crayon transferred to the slide, then it's moving around to much. You may want to have the dealer check to see how solid the frame and slide mechanism are.

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Old 07-21-2013, 10:54 AM   #3
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slide gasket

As I found rubber transfer spots(minor to a full stripe) on all the slide tops, almost like there was a glue on the metal.

I have cleaned all three slide tops back to factory paint. Than I gave each one a coat of quality car wax. Than I gave a good coating of silicone to the rubber it's self.

Now we wait and see if it continues to stick rubber to metal slide tops.
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Old 07-21-2013, 08:57 PM   #4
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Forest river seems to use that same style "H" wiper / bulb seal set up on a lot if not most of their products. I liked them at first but have learned to dislike them. The D seals I had on my previous units were a lot thicker and better quality. They were on the slide box t-moulding though. I have parts of my bulb seals that look worn or crushed like yours, and that's on a 7 month old mh. As for the waxing and silicone, pros and cons. I've tried that as mine was leaving lots of marks on the sides and tops of the slides. Making it that slick keeps the wipers from flipping very well since they ride in the same position just sliding on the slick surface. Yours may work fine though. I got issues with the slide cut out / box alignment that doesn't help matters, and FR says its pretty much unfixable. Either the slide box or hole is out of square. I'm just living with it.
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