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Old 09-29-2022, 03:32 PM   #1
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Closing openings under slides??

I can see light under the dinette on our Aria. Looking under the slides there are channels that have nothing to block cold air coming in, cold air going out, or mosquitos coming in. Has anyone out there come up with something to plug those openings? We have a couple ideas using natural sponges as they remain malleable. Not a big deal except in 100+ or 30s. Thanks

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Old 09-29-2022, 04:29 PM   #2
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I can see light under the dinette on our Aria. Looking under the slides there are channels that have nothing to block cold air coming in, cold air going out, or mosquitos coming in. Has anyone out there come up with something to plug those openings? We have a couple ideas using natural sponges as they remain malleable. Not a big deal except in 100+ or 30s. Thanks
With the Schwintek slide system, there are four weather seals when the slide is out. The top and sides wiper seals are attached to the coach and wipe the top and slides as the slide extends. The slide's bottom wiper seal is attached to the bottom front of the slide. If all the seals are correctly installed and the slide is square in the opening there shroud be no light coming in. The exception would be around the slide's tracks where the side wiper seals are trimmed by the floor crew. Some times when trimming the wiper seal so they do not get caught in the slides gears, they over trim.
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Old 09-29-2022, 05:19 PM   #3
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With the Schwintek slide system, there are four weather seals when the slide is out. The top and sides wiper seals are attached to the coach and wipe the top and slides as the slide extends. The slide's bottom wiper seal is attached to the bottom front of the slide. If all the seals are correctly installed and the slide is square in the opening there shroud be no light coming in. The exception would be around the slide's tracks where the side wiper seals are trimmed by the floor crew. Some times when trimming the wiper seal so they do not get caught in the slides gears, they over trim.
On ours the channels are WIDE open as the wipers are just a straight line along the floor. With that I can put my arm under the theater chairs and the dinette as the hole is about 4+ inches wide.
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Old 09-30-2022, 05:17 AM   #4
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I too have those wide open channels you describe. To seal these openings I have cut blocks out of polyurethane foam. I call them pillows. Cut them just the right size to fit snugly. It works like a charm. I have asked numerous people (some at Thor) why these channels exist and I've never received a rational explanation.
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Old 09-30-2022, 12:25 PM   #5
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I too have those wide open channels you describe. To seal these openings I have cut blocks out of polyurethane foam. I call them pillows. Cut them just the right size to fit snugly. It works like a charm. I have asked numerous people (some at Thor) why these channels exist and I've never received a rational explanation.
Thanks Kieth. I will give that a try.
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Old 10-22-2022, 05:15 PM   #6
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I too have those wide open channels you describe. To seal these openings I have cut blocks out of polyurethane foam. I call them pillows. Cut them just the right size to fit snugly. It works like a charm. I have asked numerous people (some at Thor) why these channels exist and I've never received a rational explanation.
I believe slide safety. I imagine there is a T bar in the channel that would catch in the very unlikely event the slide slid out.
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Old 10-23-2022, 12:07 AM   #7
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Closing openings under slides??

They are t-bars for safety. Pull back the seal and you should see this under the slide.

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Old 10-25-2022, 12:37 AM   #8
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They are t-bars for safety. Pull back the seal and you should see this under the slide.

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Know what they are just want to block the opening while camping to control the coach temperature and the flying bugs outside.
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Know what they are just want to block the opening while camping to control the coach temperature and the flying bugs outside.

Got it. I cut a length of 3 diameter pool noodle to fit the two slide gaps from the outside. On the inside the wife made draft dodgers to go in the slide to floor gap. Keeps the air penetration to a minimum. No loss of heat on cool nights and no draw of warm moist air on hot days to bog down the A/C.
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Old 10-25-2022, 01:35 PM   #10
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Got it. I cut a length of 3 diameter pool noodle to fit the two slide gaps from the outside. On the inside the wife made draft dodgers to go in the slide to floor gap. Keeps the air penetration to a minimum. No loss of heat on cool nights and no draw of warm moist air on hot days to bog down the A/C.
Nice fix! Ive been stuffing towels in the gaps. Like this better.
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JimOIB,

Do you leave the noodles under the slide when you close it or just pull them out before you close it?
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They come out prior to closing.
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Old 11-05-2022, 12:07 AM   #13
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I tied a length of rope around the middle of them. Rope is long enough so I can pull them out without getting under the slide.
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great idea. I'm going to try it out. Thanks all for the ideas.
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