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Old 04-22-2016, 01:31 PM   #1
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Slide Seal Flap "Flappers"

Call me picky, but I've always hated it when extending and retracting my slides the seal "flap" didn't "flap" the way it was supposed too. Carried a piece of dowel rod to stick under the seal and slip it out to the correct orientation.
Saw this done on a unit that another member had problems with, and dealer used some short pieces of moulding .
I bought some Cowles Body Trim on Amazon, T3402C. Black, 5/8" wide X 1/4" thick. Applied it to the 3 slides on my Lexi. Works perfectly. Now, when slides in or out, the seal flap contacts the strip, causing it to orient the correct way. Got it on Amazon as they carried 14' lengths in black, as opposed to the chrome stuff in auto stores.
Just a simple fix for a problem that was bugging me.
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Old 04-22-2016, 01:56 PM   #2
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My dealer did similar to my slide.Click image for larger version

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Old 04-22-2016, 02:19 PM   #3
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I have been going through the same thing. Thank you for your post! It is very well written and the pictures are excellent.
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Old 04-22-2016, 02:56 PM   #4
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Dr Jag, yours was the one I was referring to. Couldn't remember which member had posted the photo.
I just took it a step further, using the longer trim, and in black.
I keep my slide rubbers well treated with 303, monthly, and they are very flexible. Still, at times, they would refuse to orient themselves correctly.
This took care of it.
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Mine were finicky too. Sometimes they would flip and sometimes they wouldn't. This does fix the problem. Glad my other post helped you out. I know I learn a lot on this forum.


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Call me picky, but I've always hated it when extending and retracting my slides the seal "flap" didn't "flap" the way it was supposed too. Carried a piece of dowel rod to stick under the seal and slip it out to the correct orientation.
Saw this done on a unit that another member had problems with, and dealer used some short pieces of moulding .
I bought some Cowles Body Trim on Amazon, T3402C. Black, 5/8" wide X 1/4" thick. Applied it to the 3 slides on my Lexi. Works perfectly. Now, when slides in or out, the seal flap contacts the strip, causing it to orient the correct way. Got it on Amazon as they carried 14' lengths in black, as opposed to the chrome stuff in auto stores.
Just a simple fix for a problem that was bugging me.
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What is the measurement from the outer slide edge to where you placed the mouldings?
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On my Lexi I just ran them down the center. The strips than contact both the inner and outer seal flaps when slide runs in and out. To be honest, I just "eyeballed" it as far as placement.
I imagine each slide/rig is a bit different, but just running it down the middle would probably suffice.
I bought two 14 foot lengths of the trim, which gave me four 5 foot lengths for two front slides, and two 4 foot lengths for my rear slide which is shorter than the two front slides.
Not rocket science to do. Just measure, buy what you need and install. Used acetone to really clean the slide sides, and alcohol as a final wipe down.
Trim just installs with the 3M tape thats on it.
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On my Lexi I just ran them down the center. The strips than contact both the inner and outer seal flaps when slide runs in and out. To be honest, I just "eyeballed" it as far as placement.
I imagine each slide/rig is a bit different, but just running it down the middle would probably suffice.
I bought two 14 foot lengths of the trim, which gave me four 5 foot lengths for two front slides, and two 4 foot lengths for my rear slide which is shorter than the two front slides.
Not rocket science to do. Just measure, buy what you need and install. Used acetone to really clean the slide sides, and alcohol as a final wipe down.
Trim just installs with the 3M tape thats on it.
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Thank you very much. I thought your placement looked about middle but I wanted to be sure.I haven't thought much about the seal flaps but the DW has got a "bee in her bonnet" about them and is always fussing over them - trying to get them flapped the right way - coming up with ways to treat them to keep them in good shape etc. You know the saying - a happy wife etc.

So to you and DrJag - Thank you for the posting.

Now to get some trim!!!!! Another project LOL
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Old 04-22-2016, 05:48 PM   #9
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Yup, you know the old saying, "If the wife ain't happy, then nobody's happy"!!!
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:24 AM   #10
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Thanks for the tip! Much better than breaking a finger nail trying to flip the seals over! Since you have worked with this trim, do you think it could help with a small gap we have at the bottom of the seal? When open, we have a little daylight getting through at the floor. It is about 1/4 inch, just enough for a cold draft or a bug to come in.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:41 AM   #11
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Don't see why it wouldn't work. Trim I used is only about 1/4 inch thick. As long as you can clean the area where it's going to be applied.
This is the same type trim used on the exterior of vehicles, so it's very "long life" type stuff, and the 3M tape used on it is the same quality as the factory stuff.
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Old 04-24-2016, 07:55 AM   #12
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Thanks do much for your post with great pics, will have to try this as i am the same as you and want it right!
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:17 PM   #13
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How strong is that tape? Wonder what would happen if it pulled off inside the wall and got tangled in the slide mechanism.
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Old 04-25-2016, 04:58 AM   #14
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It's strong. As long as the surface your applying it to is CLEAN, it's not coming off, especially being hit with a piece of rubber trim.
Once applied you'd need a heat gun to safely remove it. If not done right, I've seen it take paint off when being removed.
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Old 05-16-2016, 09:14 AM   #15
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Thank you for posting this. Anyone have an idea if this can be applied to the rubber roof on top of my slides? They have the same issue of the seal not folding over.
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I would be real careful and concerned about applying it to a rubber roof. I am fimilar with the 3M tape used on this stuff, and it is very strong. Same stuff they use at the factory level to attach trim.
I believe it would adhere, but if you ever had to remove it, would probably tear the roof material.
Metal or fiberglass...different story...you can use a heat gun to remove it.
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Thank you. That was my thought as well. Devils advocate though, I would not plan on removing them. The roof seal is the one that gets all wadded up after being retracted and is the one that is the toughest to get at.


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Grumpy, great post. Are there any issues regarding clearances on the gear driven, side drives? I just had a bunch of warranty work done on the slide and don't want mess anything up?
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None that I ran across. Remember, trim I used is only 1/4 inch thick, just enough to catch the slide seal flap, but not thick enough to catch the frame.
You can probably poke your fingers through the seal to the inside, so 1/4 inch shouldn't be a problem.
My Lexi has the drive mechanisum under the slide. If yours has the side type gear drive, I'm pretty sure the gear track is thicker than 1/4 inch.
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I put 3 or 4 pices of a stick on rubber weather striping on the side of the 2 slides that I was having trouble with,,, seams to be working fine,,, I also had trouble with one on the top,,, used the weather striping there also !!! It helps to keep the rubber soft and pliable with a rubber protectant,,, do not wax the sides of the slides,,, that will make it worse !!! When I have a problem with one,,, I use a wooden yard stick to make them flip !!!
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