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Old 04-15-2024, 05:59 PM   #1
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Slideout leaks due to manufacture defect.

I have a 2017 Crusader that I recently bought. Forrest River used a one piece inner and outer seal to speed up construction. The seal on one of the slides keeps binding and ripping at the top corner. This is not a new problem. So how do you replace the seals without spending thousands of dollars Forrest River should have fixed to start with.
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Old 04-15-2024, 06:09 PM   #2
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I have a 2017 Crusader that I recently bought. Forrest River used a one piece inner and outer seal to speed up construction. The seal on one of the slides keeps binding and ripping at the top corner. This is not a new problem. So how do you replace the seals without spending thousands of dollars Forrest River should have fixed to start with.
I have an idea what the issue is but I'm just guessing. It's hard to make an assessment without good pictures.
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The problem is the slideout is not centered and its tearing up the inner seal when it is extending. Camping World which is where I bought it, don't want nothing to do with it.
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In reference to the outside picture, the lip of the top seal should extend out covering the tube opening of the side seal. The lip of the side seal should be flush with the top of the slide-out.

As was written by others, check to see that the slide is adjusted such that it moves out square and equally on both sides. Likewise on retracting the slide.

Second point. The trailer must be level, left to right, and front to back before deploying the slides. Otherwise, the slide may shift and pinch the seals.

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Old 04-16-2024, 08:10 PM   #6
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Slide Out Not Centered

The slide out is setting to far to the rear and not centered in the opening. I guess my question is, is there a way to adjust it to the center. The way the seal looks it has been doing this for a long time possibly from when it was new.
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Mine is a motorhome but had the same problem. On mine there was no fore and aft adjustment. To correct mine Forest River re-cut the opening to provide clearance.
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The problem is the slideout is not centered and its tearing up the inner seal when it is extending. Camping World which is where I bought it, don't want nothing to do with it.
For a used 8 year old RV, how do you know that it's not damage from a previous owner?
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I Don't

I don't know that, but I know that it's old damage.
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I don't know that, but I know that it's old damage.
A previous owner could have done something to damage the slideout, like putting jacks underneath the slideout. Lot of people do that.
My point is that if it was a manufacturer's defect, how did it manage to operate and last for 8 years?
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I have a 2017 Crusader that I recently bought. Forrest River used a one piece inner and outer seal to speed up construction. The seal on one of the slides keeps binding and ripping at the top corner. This is not a new problem. So how do you replace the seals without spending thousands of dollars Forrest River should have fixed to start with.
I'm not seeing what you mean by one piece. In the picture provided I see separate vertical and horizontal seals - which is common. Those seals are usually available from any RV parts supplier and not difficult to replace. When you start shopping, have your model information handy.

Once the new ones are in place, keep them supple with any of the many available treatments and they won't wear excessively. The inexpensive ones work as good as the others.

Edit: If the slide works and doesn't leak, I wouldn't be concerned about its tracking. Also, if you get 8 years out of the new seals, consider yourself fortunate.
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It's hard to tell from the photos whether the slide is out of adjustment because we are only looking at one corner.

What is apparent from the photos is those seals have not been maintained as necessary.
They look dry and brittle. For a slide seal to work, it has to rub on the mating surface, otherwise it wouldn't seal. When the rubber becomes stiff and brittle, it doesn't slip well across the sealing surface and begins to get chewed up. I'm surprised they lasted 8 years!
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