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Old 10-17-2018, 02:02 PM   #1
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So, we're overnighting up in Georgia last week, just south of Atlanta. I was hooking up umbilicals, DW was opening the slide and setting up the interior. She asked me to check out "something white above the bed, maybe a Kleenex or something." Looked, and yes, something big and kind of white in the dim light. Then I saw it had eyes. It was looking at me. And moving. Frog. Big frog on the woodwork above the bed! A merry chase ensued, and Froggy was ejected back into the wood instead of the woodwork.


So, thought I, how did this big fella even get in?? Started checking, and found two large holes under the slide, one on each side. If you check the pictures, you'll note the light brown blocks at the top. That's the bottom of the interior woodwork! That just doesn't seem right, but certainly explains the water leaks that began when Camping World Albuquerque replace our slide motors on a trip last year. Also the water damage to the woodwork.


Any ideas on how I'd go about fixing this??
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:17 PM   #2
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So, we're overnighting up in Georgia last week, just south of Atlanta. I was hooking up umbilicals, DW was opening the slide and setting up the interior. She asked me to check out "something white above the bed, maybe a Kleenex or something." Looked, and yes, something big and kind of white in the dim light. Then I saw it had eyes. It was looking at me. And moving. Frog. Big frog on the woodwork above the bed! A merry chase ensued, and Froggy was ejected back into the wood instead of the woodwork.


So, thought I, how did this big fella even get in?? Started checking, and found two large holes under the slide, one on each side. If you check the pictures, you'll note the light brown blocks at the top. That's the bottom of the interior woodwork! That just doesn't seem right, but certainly explains the water leaks that began when Camping World Albuquerque replace our slide motors on a trip last year. Also the water damage to the woodwork.


Any ideas on how I'd go about fixing this??
I've just gone down to my local fabric store and got foam that I cut up to shove in the holes. While not ideal it does keep the bugs and creatures out. Plus there reusable.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:24 PM   #3
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I've just gone down to my local fabric store and got foam that I cut up to shove in the holes. While not ideal it does keep the bugs and creatures out. Plus there reusable.
I lifted the couch and installed home made gaskets around these openings. I also added more rubber seals under the couch and platform to block the air from infiltrating the coach. It gets cold up here in Canada and I like to keep the slide out on cold nights.
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Old 10-17-2018, 03:39 PM   #4
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me too, seen the hole did not think much about it
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Old 10-17-2018, 11:47 PM   #5
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I'm not sure why the holes are even there in the first place. There's nothing "protruding" on the slide that would fit in to them. And they're a direct conduit inside, for critters, bugs and water. Rain comes in freely in the forward one. Haven't seen it much on the rear one, for some reason. Can anyone think of a reason I shouldn't just build plugs to close them off?
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Old 10-18-2018, 12:21 AM   #6
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I have a 2016 27.1 and my lower seal goes all the way across - no holes exist. And since the motors are at the top of the slide there would be no reason for anyone to even be messing down there.
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Old 10-18-2018, 02:06 PM   #7
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Wow, Tfryman, that's really helpful! Thanks so much. DW told me the holes looked "ragged" to her when I showed them to her. Sounds like it's time for a new seal.
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