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Old 07-27-2013, 07:20 PM   #1
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Squished door seal ?

Has anyone used the round foam rod suppied by Escape to repair a squished door seal ? How is it installed ?
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When we were exploring our Escape 19 after delivery we found a roll of 1/2" black round foam material. It is like the foam backing rod that we have used during home construction to fill voids before caulking. it looks like: http://www.westernloghomesupply.com/backer-rod-per-foot.html

Can you tell us what it's intended use is ?
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That round foam is for your door seal. Sometime the door seal will squish down and that is to beef it up again.

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Old 07-27-2013, 08:39 PM   #2
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That is correct, there is a rubber seal around the door which if left compacted for long period of time (closed) it may not spring back to correct shape. In the winter, you may see some gaps around the door. You push this stuff behind the rubber seal to make it firmer and the seal will now be expanded. Good to have just in case you need it. I used it on my 19' and it made the door fit tighter with no gaps. Just be careful and not use too much, the door may not shut.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:25 PM   #3
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"You push this stuff behind the rubber seal to make it firmer and the seal will now be expanded".
Do you push foam behind the seal from the body side ? I regret that I could not benefit from the orientation in Chilliwack. I am not intuitive.
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:31 PM   #4
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I'd wait until you need it, do you see daylight anyplace around the door? If not, then you are fine. If yes then you pull the rubber away from the door gasket only and squeeze the foam behind it, along the top and both sides. But if you do not see any light then wait.
FWIW I did not attend any orientation nor even looked at the dvd. But being a house owner of a 70 year old home, you track down draft locations and seal them, this is what you are doing.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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Thank you again. I believe that you should be on the Escape trailer's payroll as a technicial service rep.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:56 AM   #6
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I offered my services here in Pennsylvania to have owners arrange deliveries here and then go to a local camp and I could show the new owners the ins/outs of the trailers, but Escape felt there was an implied legal issue. But anyway, I'm glad to help where and when I can.
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I offered my services here in Pennsylvania to have owners arrange deliveries here and then go to a local camp and I could show the new owners the ins/outs of the trailers, but Escape felt there was an implied legal issue. But anyway, I'm glad to help where and when I can.
Hi: cpaharley2008... In this suit happy society you wouldn't want a part of someone's improper loading of a trailer resulting in a catastrophic loss. Even though showed whats proper... the owner can hold the Mfg. and its agents accountable and drag them thru the courts for years!!!
Now back to our regularly scheduled thread on squishy door seals. Alf
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Yes, I know. Sometimes I'm afraid to offer suggestions here on the web for that reason.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:19 AM   #9
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Please take this suggestion in the spirit of improving an already great trailer. Having owned and worked on a few older (like 1976) trailers, I know what an issue sealing doors can be; problems include curved-style doors straightening, rotted hinge mounts, and fibreglass settling around the door. The system that seems to both hold up and seal the best is a square, flat door with a piano hinge. Why not modify the trailer design so as to eliminate potential problems? Would the reduced aesthetic of a square door (think Bigfoot and some older Casitas) not be worth eliminating door issues?
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On my Escape 19', all I did was install approximately 12 feet of foam rubber behind the factory black rubber on the door after about 6 months of use. I had some on hand, costs maybe $3 local hardware, about 3/4" thick, made the door tight to where no light nor air came in around the 2 sides and top. Simple fix to a small issue.
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