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Old 05-08-2015, 08:46 PM   #11
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So here's what I did.
First I lowered the hard plastic lower "D" piece where the seal butts against when down.

Then I used this garage door seal that is $14 for 16' at Home Depot

Then using some self taping sheet metal screws and the plastic washers that come with the gasket I put the weatherstrip on the lower lip of the top half.

It does slightly wipe the side up and down but doesn't hang up, then it seals pretty tightly against the lowered "D" piece when all the way down.
I did buy some 1/2 pipe insulation as well for $1.50 or so per 6' piece. I may save a couple pieces in case we have drafts on a cold night as when in the up position it's not a 100% tight seal, but it turned out better then I thought.
Here it is in the down position.
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:55 PM   #12
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Here is the post that was referred to I can't help with the size of the seal though.
Where to get EPDM P bulb seal
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Old 06-18-2015, 02:10 PM   #13
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I wonder if this would work for a 04 towlite 17T that I just purchased last week? Discovered that the bulb seal was failing or ripped in a few places. The trailer has the smooth sides though.
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Old 06-19-2015, 06:27 PM   #14
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I think it might work better. I have noticed my rubber has formed to the wavyness in the down position so it makes a great seal when down but not a prefect seal when up. I think this will be fine, if necessary I can stuff the cracks with the pipe insulation when parked and traveling in the dust or rain was the most important part of the seal In my opinion.
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In the interim, you can stuff swimming pool noodles (or pipe insulation) in between the halves. Just make sure you remove them before lowering.
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Old 06-19-2015, 07:48 PM   #16
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Yes, considering I live in a PNW type of climate, keeping out rain and mud during transit is my primary concern, not drafts or cold so much, and you're right the pipe insulation can be used when that happens. Thanks, for your suggestion and pics especially, it helps to see what others have done. I'm going to start looking for a similar type of weather stripping locally, no home depot or lowes around here.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:54 PM   #17
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You could order from HD on the internet. Shop the net for the best price. Label the placement of your pipe insulation. It makes reinstalling easier.
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Old 07-09-2015, 10:05 PM   #18
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I made WORMS in a colorful (coordinating) fabric and stuffed them with strips of foam rubber (an old mattress topper)! We use them summer/winter to keep hot/cold air out. They are so distinctive that you don't forge to remove them when you are lowering the trailer. TBeing flat, I just roll them in coils and put them in an upper cabinet. I have several lengths - some very long (entire width of the fabric) and some not more than 4" long where I need them for corners, ends, etc. They have worked for 9 years or so! IF one is accidentally left (only once that I can remember), it is so soft, it just squishes and comes riding up when we raise the unit. No harm done.
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What a cool idea! About how wide are those worms?
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Old 01-26-2019, 10:15 AM   #20
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The gray outer shell of my seals are in pretty good shape but the internal foam has degraded to a tan sticky goo. I am attempting to repair the seal.

Step 1: Clean out the old foam using a threaded rod or ?? to snake out the big chunks ream out any remnants.

Step 2: I bought some round foam backing material at the local Home Improvement Store (Menards)

Step 3: Run a chaser cord through the cavity & then pull the new new foam into place. The inside was still so sticky that the new foam ripped so I covered the foam with painters tape & it pulled through OK.

I haven't seen where anyone else tried this & will let you know the results.
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