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Posted: 12/11/06 03:48pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I wanted to try another idea I saw here on RV.net .

My propane compartment door has a vent that will allow water to enter and than there is no way for the water to exit. So the idea is to keep the water out in the first place.

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The products used are

1) Garage door seal (1 & ¾”)

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2) Double sided heavy duty mounting tape (trimmed to fit)

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3) Blue painters tape

4) Window & Door 100% Silicone caulk

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I started by cleaning the area to be mounted with denatured alcohol
Cut and trimmed the door seal to size and cleaned all sides
Attached double sided tape to the seal and trimmed as needed
Attached the seal to the door

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Placed Blue tape 1/8” above the seal for a clean caulk line

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Ran caulk along top edge and sides forcing it down and in than run a damp finger to smooth out caulk
Remove the blue tape and smooth once more with a damp finger

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Posted: 12/11/06 03:57pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looks good! Very neat & clean.

I'm guessing that it's on the passanger-side of the camper? Do you think that water will run 'sideways' while you're driving & still get in? My rig is entirely different, with an open bottom in the propane section, but I'm always interested in the ideas of various folks.


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Posted: 12/11/06 04:42pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Never thought of using the blue tape when applying caulk. Got to remember that one....


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Posted: 12/11/06 05:01pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nicely done!

Could you also adhere one inside facing up at the bottom of the opening on the inside of the door, with the ends folded in towards the door (or small pieces cut to fill the gaps)? Not sure how much water is getting in? It looks like you have about 28-1/2' of weather-stripping left.


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Posted: 12/11/06 05:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice Job! Remember when they used to flash the tops of all the doors and windows? Wonder why they stopped? Oh thats right, if it lasts too long it's bad for business.
Nice tip for caulking, thanks.


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Posted: 12/11/06 07:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the idea of tape for a clean look

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Posted: 12/12/06 05:51am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Nice job Spott

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It should work great when you are stationary. Driving, I'm not so sure. It might actually help pack water into the compartment as it sprays up and runs horizontally along the camper. But in any event, it is a nice clean job. It looks factory applied. [emoticon]

I need to do something similar with my gen compartment door on the rear.


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