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Old 07-06-2021, 04:43 PM   #1
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Replacement Slide Seals

While doing some RV maintenance I discovered that both vertical wiper seals on my living room slide have started to tear. Fortunately on the one side it was tearing at the top so I could see it dangling down but then on the other side it was tearing right in the middle. (see pic)

After doing a couple of quick search's it appears that this may be the seals that are used or are at least very smiliar. The items on RVUpgrades provide a good description but the seals are actually less expensive on Amazon.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/EK-Sl...-p/38-0026.htm
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Black...-p/13-1069.htm

https://www.amazon.com/AP-Products-0...07EXPANS&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/AP-Products-0...74401896&psc=1

These are not cheap seals as to do the large slide is about $220. Has anyone had to replace these seals yet and did you use these parts or something different? It also looks like the wiper part of the seal is attached via adhesive tape and FR put some nails in it as well.
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Mine looks just like that. The top corners tore on mine and leaks in heavy rain. I priced steele products for over $500, but the same ap products you found on Amazon for $220. 35 ft will do both sides and top of my 12-6" slide. This is on my to do list as top priority Click image for larger version

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My 2016 Forester 2701ds slide seals should be the same as yours. Are you sure about them? My dinette slide is the worst and also leaks in heavy rain. I alway try to have the MH tilted slightly to the drivers side to prevent rainwater intrusion. Do you two have slide toppers in the way?
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My 2016 Forester 2701ds slide seals should be the same as yours. Are you sure about them? My dinette slide is the worst and also leaks in heavy rain. I alway try to have the MH tilted slightly to the drivers side to prevent rainwater intrusion. Do you two have slide toppers in the way?
Yes, I do have slide toppers on my 3011. I need to replace the 2 vertical seals but my guess is that the top seal may also need to be replaced which would require having to remove the slide topper first. 35ft should be enough to do all 3 sides.
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While doing some RV maintenance I discovered that both vertical wiper seals on my living room slide have started to tear. Fortunately on the one side it was tearing at the top so I could see it dangling down but then on the other side it was tearing right in the middle. (see pic)

After doing a couple of quick search's it appears that this may be the seals that are used or are at least very smiliar. The items on RVUpgrades provide a good description but the seals are actually less expensive on Amazon.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/EK-Sl...-p/38-0026.htm
https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Black...-p/13-1069.htm

https://www.amazon.com/AP-Products-0...07EXPANS&psc=1
https://www.amazon.com/AP-Products-0...74401896&psc=1

These are not cheap seals as to do the large slide is about $220. Has anyone had to replace these seals yet and did you use these parts or something different? It also looks like the wiper part of the seal is attached via adhesive tape and FR put some nails in it as well.
I think this is what you need
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Old 07-08-2021, 09:26 AM   #6
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I think this is what you need
Sunseeker, it looks like you are correct. I went back to my RV and the inside and outside D Seals are indeed installed on the same same seal base which looks like this. You can see the raised middle section between the two seals in the attached pic. This base is 2" between the D seal edges and I assume that matches the width of the RV wall between the inside and outside walls. . This seal is only 14' long which is just enough to do both vertical seals so I'll will order one 14' section and if that works well and I still need to do the top, then I'll order that and replace later. Per foot this stuff is really expensive $255 for 14'. So far this price is the lowest cost that I have found that includes shipping.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/AP-Pr...-p/13-0894.htm

I also called AP Products and confirmed that this is the D Seal that is used in conjunction with the base seal. My D seals are in pretty good shape and are easily replaced so I'll probably reuse what I have for now and replace later if I need to.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Black...-p/13-1069.htm
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Sunseeker, it looks like you are correct. I went back to my RV and the inside and outside D Seals are indeed installed on the same same seal base which looks like this. You can see the raised middle section between the two seals in the attached pic. This base is 2" between the D seal edges and I assume that matches the width of the RV wall between the inside and outside walls. . This seal is only 14' long which is just enough to do both vertical seals so I'll will order one 14' section and if that works well and I still need to do the top, then I'll order that and replace later. Per foot this stuff is really expensive $255 for 14'. So far this price is the lowest cost that I have found that includes shipping.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/AP-Pr...-p/13-0894.htm

I also called AP Products and confirmed that this is the D Seal that is used in conjunction with the base seal. My D seals are in pretty good shape and are easily replaced so I'll probably reuse what I have for now and replace later if I need to.

https://www.rvupgradestore.com/Black...-p/13-1069.htm
That's the one. Have fun getting the inside nails out and the adhesive on the outside
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That's the one. Have fun getting the inside nails out and the adhesive on the outside
Yea, unfortunately that is what I was thinking as well. I take it you have done this already?
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Yea, unfortunately that is what I was thinking as well. I take it you have done this already?
Yes I have. I pulled the inside nails with a 6 inch pair of Channel Lock pliers. They don't pull easy. The best way I found to remove the left over adhesive on the outside was to roll it into a ball with my thumb. I didn't have an electric source at the time to try a heat gun. When you put the new seal on be careful because the adhesive is a one shot deal. Line it up and peel the paper backing off a little at a time. To secure the inside I used numbers 8 lath screws from Lowes. They have a shallow flat head.
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By they way. On mine those inside nails were screw nails. That's why they pull so hard.
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Would it hurt if the seals were 1/4" longer?
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Not in my opinion but I'm not an expert. I'd try to stick with what the unit came with though. These seals ain't cheap.
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By they way. On mine those inside nails were screw nails. That's why they pull so hard.
Thanks. Good to know. I'll provide some additional input after I change mine out.
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Can you take photos and post the procedure? It would help many of us with the same issue. Thanks
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Can you take photos and post the procedure? It would help many of us with the same issue. Thanks
I normally do that as part of any maintenance I perform just so I remember how I did it the first time! Pics to follow......
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Can you take photos and post the procedure? It would help many of us with the same issue. Thanks
Thanks, hope it's not hot where you are. We're hot and humid!
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Thanks, hope it's not hot where you are. We're hot and humid!
It's been hot but not like out west. Finally got a chance today to do some work on replacing the seals today as there was little chance of rain. It took about 2 hours yesterday just to get the seal off the front side of the slide as I had to figure out a good process along the way. A couple of important notes.
  • The nails holding down the D-Seal channel are a bugger to get out of the wall. I had to use a flat blade screw driver to pry them out enough to that I could get a pair of vise grips onto them. At that point twisting them slightly to loosen them up and then turning them counterclockwise allowed me to get them out.
  • Once you have the nails removed on the inside and outside use a blade edge of some sort to start to lift the side of the seal that is taped to the sidewall. Once you have gotten enough that you can get a good hand on it, pull the seal out and up to remove the remainder of the seal edge from the sidewall. The tape adhesive is sticky and it seems by lifting the seal out and up will leave little to no tape adhesive remnants on the sidewall.
  • The last step was to remove the residual tape adhesive. For that I first cleaned off the sidewall edge with some turpentine and then used an eraser wheel to remove the bulk of the adhesive. This worked well and was quick.

Today I will try and figure out the best way to install the forward replacement seal. The new seal does come with tape adhesive for the outside wall but I have seen the term "Heat Activated Tape" on several descriptions. I assume that means heat has to be applied for the tape to adhere correctly but am waiting on confirmation from the manufacturer.

One other note, it looks like replacing the rear seal on my 3011 will be much more difficult as there is no room between the slide wall and the inside wall to get at the seal from the inside to remove the nails. I asked a local RV repair shop and they said typically they would first look to remove the trim to see if that would provide enough room and if not, then they'd have to remove the whole slide at which point there would be no issues replacing the seal. Neither of these options is something I would prefer to do myself and the RV shop said they could not be even to look at it until September. Fortunately the seal I'm replacing was the worst of the two.
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New seal is installed and working good. The tight space inside makes it more work than it should be but using #6 1inch stainless screws for inside and outside helped. Along the way I made some minor repairs to the rear vertical and top seals which I hope hold up until I have a plan and some time to fix those.
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New seal is installed and working good. The tight space inside makes it more work than it should be but using #6 1inch stainless screws for inside and outside helped. Along the way I made some minor repairs to the rear vertical and top seals which I hope hold up until I have a plan and some time to fix those.
Looks great and I feel your pain with the tight quarters and those ridiculious screw nails. Whoever decided to use those should not be making decisions of any kind. Question? You mentioned using screws on the inside and outside. My seal had an adhesive strip on the outside and no screws. Could you clarify?
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Looks great! Did you add a box of bandaids to the tool list? I see one on your thumb.
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