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Old 09-20-2008, 11:30 AM   #1
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Suggestions for slide out seals?

Hey everyone just need some help with my slide outs. I built them into the side of the bus and they basically are giant drawers. I used five sets of heavy duty drawer guides rated at 500 lbs each making total weight capacity 2500 lbs and they are solid let me tell ya. BUt the problem I have is finding a decent seal for the edges both for when it is open and when it is closed. The outside wall that slides out is larger than the box that moves in and out so I have an overlap all the way around so I have some room for something but the best I can come up with is a residential door weather stripping, perhaps two rows of these to give better insulation value. I don't know the auto industry very well, is there something out there that would work a little better. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 09-21-2008, 12:51 PM   #2
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

try tri state surplus, an ebay power seller, also rv surplus salvage, or bontragers, they are all in the elkhart ind area and either have or can get just about anything rv related that your heart could desire.
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Old 09-21-2008, 09:05 PM   #3
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

I sure would like to see some pictures of that slide-out being built??

What you need is the real McCoy... CLICK HERE for actual Slide-out seals... they sell them by the foot $3 - $8 per foot...
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Old 09-23-2008, 08:13 AM   #4
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

You may consider looking at the seals for the bottom of roll-down garage doors, like they sell at Lowes, Home Depot, the local hardware store.
Wide, can be glued on (good luck finding a good glue), can be secured with a long strip/strap so only the edge flexes to seal.
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Old 09-24-2008, 08:19 PM   #5
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

I think the garage door seal would be a good idea. For our slide we looked into the real stuff, but yes, it is very expensive. It is, however a one time expense. We ended up using a 1/2" thick closed cell foam and regular weatherstrip for our slide which seems to work well. But the fact of the matter is, we are not in Canada or Alaska. I can't wait to see the side slides. I want to do one(two) on our next bus. Nice job. Keep the pics coming.
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

that bus is starting to look like a real canuck herd hauler thats some pretty nice fabbing you may need 2 heaters in the winter out there for all that living space! you may be able to fab up slide seals with conveyor belt from the farm? nice website timbuk
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Old 09-28-2008, 12:43 PM   #7
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Re: Thanks for the input!

Ya I think I will check out the garage door seals they sound like they might work. I will try to post some more pics of the slide outs and other things we are up to. Picking up my four 55 gallon water tanks in a few weeks then I can install them and finish lowering the sides of the bus. I need deeper pockets! Here are some pics of the slide out being fabricated in the side of the bus. This is the largest of the two, where the futon will go. We have one more in the office. The largest slide out slides out 24" and the smallest is only 18".
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Old 09-28-2008, 10:19 PM   #8
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

Too cool, thanks for posting those pictures...
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

That's just way too cool. I think my next bus might need to have slides. Are you planning on running slide savers? I think the little drop down legs might really help to stabilize things and will help those drawer slides last longer. I know a lot of people with stick 'n staples use them since slides seem to become problematic after a few years.
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Old 10-08-2008, 12:36 AM   #10
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Re: Suggestions for slide out seals?

The drop down legs are an option but by my calculations we will be 1500 pounds under the slides ratings so I don't know if I will install any. But I am curious what slide savers are? And what are stick' n staples? Forgive my ignorance. Great to get positive feedback though, gotta say it sure is encouraging coming here and strolling through the inspiring conversation and pictures of all your great conversions... inspiring! I find trying to work just to makle money for this epic task is sometimes... well... hard to stay focussed. But I will win eventually.
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