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Old 06-20-2018, 02:20 PM   #1
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I still see daylight, is this OK?

So, we got our Isata 5 30fw back from the dealer after our "fixit" appointment. (More on the experience in another thread). Our main concern was the slide function. So, after many emails and communications back and forth, the slide now functions as designed. However, there is a "hole" where I can see daylight at the bottom of the slide near the bed when the slide is open (see photos, The photos loaded sideways, left is top. You can see the outlet that sits on the bed pedestal.) From the outside, it simply looks like the piece of seal is not long enough to cover that area. The tech said that the factory says that because of the type of seals (something about bulb seal vs some other kind of seal, dang, I can't remember) that is way it is supposed to be. That when we are driving it is completely closed and sealed and no water will be able to get in, but when open, because it goes down hill, no water will get in, even when it rains. OK, I suppose I understand, but what about when its cold? That spot is open to the elements and will defeat any heat or insulation, won't it? Can someone explain this to me?
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:29 PM   #2
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While it 'may' not leak, I sure wouldn't want that.
Bugs, critters, cold, heat or any number of things could get through that hole.

What does the seal look like on the opposite side of the slide?
Is it too short too?
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So the tech thinks that not letting in rain is good when driving but OK when standing still and having the slide out.
Really!!! You are supposed to have a gaping hole to the outside. You have been had, I think. Seals are to seal out stuff like water, wind, dirt, critters and light. And keep in stuff like cool or warm air, depending on the season. The type of seal, bulb or wiper, or whatever is immaterial. The name says it all: Seal.
Second opinion time..
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Old 06-20-2018, 02:38 PM   #4
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While it 'may' not leak, I sure wouldn't want that.
Bugs, critters, cold, heat or any number of things could get through that hole.

What does the seal look like on the opposite side of the slide?
Is it too short too?
exactly! the last pic is of the outside (it loaded sideways, left is up), it simply looks like the seal is short but the factory is saying its the way its supposed to be. Makes no sense.
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So the tech thinks that not letting in rain is good when driving but OK when standing still and having the slide out.
Really!!! You are supposed to have a gaping hole to the outside. You have been had, I think. Seals are to seal out stuff like water, wind, dirt, critters and light. And keep in stuff like cool or warm air, depending on the season. The type of seal, bulb or wiper, or whatever is immaterial. The name says it all: Seal.
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Word. Brian? Any thoughts? The tech at DDRV says your guys say this is how its supposed to be. Doesn't seem right to me.
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exactly! the last pic is of the outside (it loaded sideways, left is up), it simply looks like the seal is short but the factory is saying its the way its supposed to be. Makes no sense.
I'll ask again... what does the seal on the other side of the slide look like?
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Seal is definitely too short though I am no expert. It appears to me that in order to fix it, they have to replace the entire seal which means they probably have to take out the slide out and the dealer doesn't want to do that much work to replace a seal so they are trying to get you to just go away. "Yeah, it's supposed to be like that."
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I'll ask again... what does the seal on the other side of the slide look like?
I don't think you have to ask...it's actually in the 3rd picture.
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Or, their all like that. Have you looked at another rig, like model to see how it is?
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[QUOTE=5picker;1846458]I'll ask again... what does the seal on the other side of the slide look like?

Oh, sorry, I thought by other side you meant the outside. I guess you mean on the other end of the slide. I'll try to explain this so it is understandable. The slide actually has 3 places outside where it seals. The two actual physical ends of the slide room and then an indentation where the bed sits, this is where the seal doesn't meet the bottom and there is light showing. The seals on the 2 ends meet the bottom. In the 1st pic you can see the L shape of the slide at that point where the light comes in. The others are the actually physical ends of the slide.
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