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Old 08-03-2016, 05:52 PM   #1
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FR3 30DS Living Slide Seal Failure

Looking to see if anyone else has had this experience. The body side top seal to the living room slide on my 2015 FR3 30DS keeps coming off of its channel mount. Has anyone else noted this (and you may wish to get up and check yours)? If yes, what did you do?

When I discovered it had dislodged, I simply put it back in place. However, the very next time I deployed the slide, it came off again. The seal is a "C" shape design in the back and affixes to the motorhome in a plastic strip with top and bottom slots.

Thinking this time to put a bead of silicon sealant on the top edge to hold it in place, give it a little holding power. Not sure of the bottom edge where it is rubber to rubber and flexes with the slide movement.

Thoughts? And as always, thanks for all responses.
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:16 PM   #2
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Have you been lubricating the slide seals on a regular basis?
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Old 08-04-2016, 07:38 AM   #3
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Have you been lubricating the slide seals on a regular basis?
No, I have not and is part of what I'm learning. While an avid RV owner for 25+ years, this is my first slide RV. I do sense that the seals are sticking to each other and could be the problem. Do you have a recommended treatment (store bought or homemade)?
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I use 303 protectant it like super armor all. But I am not an expert so there might be better stuff. I use to keep seals from drying out. It's expensive so I buy in gallon size, I also use it on the roof.
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Also what part of the country are you from? Places with smog like LA, the rubber gets eaten by the ozone.
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Also what part of the country are you from? Places with smog like LA, the rubber gets eaten by the ozone.
Greater Boston area.
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Kadiddle...don't know what to use but DO NOT use silicon. It is worthless for adhesion and will make any subsequent product used impossible to adhere to the fiberglass.
If no one here knows the answer.... suggest you call the dealer or FR warranty for advice. Good luck.
BTW... to lube slides I use products with the PTF (teflon) dry lubricant as they don't absorb dirt and oil and work through a wide temperature range. Like this:
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00JJIOWSK...32YE7BQ124A98N
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Looking to see if anyone else has had this experience. The body side top seal to the living room slide on my 2015 FR3 30DS keeps coming off of its channel mount. Has anyone else noted this (and you may wish to get up and check yours)? If yes, what did you do?

When I discovered it had dislodged, I simply put it back in place. However, the very next time I deployed the slide, it came off again. The seal is a "C" shape design in the back and affixes to the motorhome in a plastic strip with top and bottom slots.

Thinking this time to put a bead of silicon sealant on the top edge to hold it in place, give it a little holding power. Not sure of the bottom edge where it is rubber to rubber and flexes with the slide movement.

Thoughts? And as always, thanks for all responses.
OK, kind of long, but...
No amount of silicon or glue wil re-attach that D-Seal. It's become dirty and no amount of cleaning will let any type of adhesive hold it for long.
In addition, the "rails" of that D-Seal have probably become "streched",
and will probably continue to come off.
I had the same problem on our Lexi with a side slide seal.
Your going to have to buy a new piece of the proper seal. No way to really get around it.
Google up "rv slide seals" and a bunch of sites will come up. You basically just have to match up the proper type product. But be prepared...the seals aren't cheap.
If you are partially successful in "glueing" your old piece, it will eventually fail again, and if you use any kind of adhesive your likely to damage or ruin the part that attaches to your rig, and that piece is a pain in the arse to replace due to it's location.
If/when you replace, use 303 Aerospace Protectant on all your seals. It is a product made ONLY to protect rubber and vinyl products. I use it on the Lexi's seals, and after almost 5 years, they are still like new.
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