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Old 11-26-2019, 01:31 PM   #1
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Aria 3901
State: Texas
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3901 Aria air and light coming under slide

I recently sent photos to Thor off light and air coming in the rv from under the front slide on the drivers side in two places under the sofa and dinette.

They suggested I show it to the dealer which I did and we both confirmed that there is a Tbar that guides the slide when it retracts and it is not properly sealed.

The dealer had two other Aria's on the lot and we looked at both of them and they have the same problem.

The dealer is proposing a fix to Thor under warranty that should work. The opening is difficult to seal off because of the Tbar guides but we are going to install rubber sweeps in the sofa and dinette to block the air / light.

Also, we think these openings are a source of dirt entering the coach while we are traveling or parked.

I will keep you posted in the situation. Please let me know if your Aria has this problem or perhaps there is a better way to seal off these two places.
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Old 11-26-2019, 02:49 PM   #2
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Model: Hurricane 31S
State: Texas
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You have the Schwintek In-Wall slide system. There is a perimeter bulb seal that is on the inside of the exterior slide surround than seals the slide when closed. It works well when properly installed. When open, the slide is sealed by a thin wiper seals. These seal are found on the exterior of the coach's vertical walls and on the top and bottom inside edges of the slide. They do not seal well even if in good condition and have cutouts for the slide tracks and fittings. Dust and water will seep-in during windy conditions. In cold conditions the coach is much easier to heat with the slides closed. I never leave the slides open in thunderstorms as I have already lost one slide topper due to high winds.
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Old 12-22-2019, 03:22 PM   #3
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Model: Aria 3901
State: Idaho
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Hi,
I did notice the same thing and I also noticed the outside wipe seal is curled up and doesn't seem to do much to help the situation. I will bring that up with my dealer as well. As far as dust and such, I would just stuff the gap under the slide from the inside using a damp towel or rag for those storms that blow junk around until a fix is provided.

Please keep this thread updated. I am also concerned about this because we hang out in the deserts and dust does blow around. All that grit winds up on the floor and that will scratch it all up. I already have a thread seeking advice on how to polish up the damage caused by grit on the floor.

Our rig is drafty on windy days, blocking those breaks in the seals would help that too.

I will update this thread if Thor or my dealer finds a fix.
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Old 12-23-2019, 02:06 PM   #4
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Any update? Was your dealer successful in applying a fix to this?
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