Water leaks around a slideout can be caused by slide seals that do not properly “flip” when the slide is extended. This can create a funnel that aims water toward the interior. Here’s how I eliminated the problem.
I bought 15/16-inch-by-8-foot polystyrene batten wall panel molding that has a nice, rounded edge. It’s only 3/16-inch thick, so the slideout flaps easily can slide over the molding. With the slide retracted, I applied exterior grade 3M double-sided tape to the flat side of the molding.
Then, with the slide fully extended, I attached pieces of the molding so that they are inboard of the black marks left by the flaps. I angled the molding so it would gently “roll” the flap outward when the slide extends out.
The total cost was about $12. Other than a utility knife to cut the polystyrene, no special tools are needed. Just be sure the sides of the slideout are free of wax and dirt so the tape will stay attached.
Roger Marble, F399427
Editor’s note: More photos of the procedure are posted on the FMCA Forums (www.goo.gl/S6rVFL).
An aerosol can exploded in my garage, splattering my two cars with paint remover. Temperature was not a factor. The cost of repairs was close to $8,000. Please learn from my experience. Inspect any cans for rust and place aerosols in safe areas. Fortunately, no one was in the garage and my RV was not damaged.
Larry Black, F224612
I use my cell phone to document the vehicle identification number (VIN), license plate number, vehicle registration, and insurance card for each vehicle I own, as well as to store photos of the vehicles. If I ever need this information after a vehicle is stolen, or when ordering parts, I have it at my fingertips. I also keep track of my camping club cards this way. The information is stored in a file on my cell phone for easy access.
Bob Zimmerman, F469170