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Old 02-20-2011, 09:28 AM   #1
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Replacement rubber for doors

I need to replace the rubber insert that covers the attaching screws of the door & cargo door frames. I tried the vinyl but am not able to form it around the curves. a local dealer said that the original on the Sunline was rubber & was not sure they could obtain it. Anyone have any suggestions or know where the original can be purchased?
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I need to replace the rubber insert that covers the attaching screws of the door & cargo door frames. I tried the vinyl but am not able to form it around the curves. a local dealer said that the original on the Sunline was rubber & was not sure they could obtain it. Anyone have any suggestions or know where the original can be purchased?
Hi Matti, I'm not sure but I'd bet the year and model of your camper is needed. It will help to know if you have round corners or square corners. I think the parts you want will come from the window and door manufacturers, not Sunline products.

I did check the picture you have posted and see the round corners. I got the rubber insert from the window manufacturer and it does go in when the rubber is warm and more flexible. The corner of the windows will pull out as the rubber shrinks so I stretch some rubber from the straight sections to make rounding teh corner easier. Yours might be the same.

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I need to replace the rubber insert that covers the attaching screws of the door & cargo door frames. I tried the vinyl but am not able to form it around the curves. a local dealer said that the original on the Sunline was rubber & was not sure they could obtain it. Anyone have any suggestions or know where the original can be purchased?
I think you want the vinyl insert material on the left and center of this page from the Go-RV catalog.

Any of the RV dealers on this page ( http://www.go-rv.com/coast/do/chooseDealer?state=NJ ) use the Go-RV catalog.

It may help to take a small piece of the material with you when you go.

One other point, this material really is not a "Sunline" specific item. Most of the materials used in our Sunlines are just industry standard items. Sometimes it actually helps not to tell the counter person that it is for a Sunline. They hear Sunline and automatically think "out of business".


Most RV parts counters use this catalog and the insert material is available from many online sources like pplmotorhomes.com , marksrv, etc.
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I need to replace the rubber insert that covers the attaching screws of the door & cargo door frames. I tried the vinyl but am not able to form it around the curves. a local dealer said that the original on the Sunline was rubber & was not sure they could obtain it. Anyone have any suggestions or know where the original can be purchased?
Hi Matt

Your not tricked me.... I thought you where talking about the rubber door gasket or the foam gasket on the cargo doors.

If your talking the white plastic cover that pops in the white aluminum channel that covers the screw up, that is vinyl on your 2004 unit. Just like what Steve pointed you to.

See here on my door and cargo holes.

Here is a cargo door after I reset it. That is butyl caulk oozing out until I trimmed it.


Then the vinyl strip in place.


Here is the door way as well. The insert it out


The insert is in


Now how to get it in there. If you are starting out with a brand new vinyl strip it is pretty flat. It turns that 1/2 round shape once it is installed. If it is a real hot summer day the stuff is really soft and will go just about where ever you want it. It is very flexible when it is warm. Stick one side in the channel and then squeeze and with a screw driver work it into the other channel.

If you are doing it in cooler weather it is stiff as a board. In this case get a 5 gallon bucket, fill it with full hot water out of the faucet. That may be in the 110 to 120F range. Uncoil the length you need, submerge it, let is soak and warm up. Then take bucket and all to the camper and feed one end out keeping the rest warm as you work it.

The stuff is night and day to work with warm then cold. Also notice Sunline put a screw in the middle of the radius. That is to help hold it in place. If you warm it up, try not to stretch it. The stuff shrinks and a 15 foot piece can shrink a good bit if hot, you trimmed it to length, then it cools off and it is 1/2" short. May want to leave it a little long on the end and then trim it to final length once all the temperature stabilize.

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Old 02-21-2011, 06:08 PM   #5
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Thanks everyone for all your advise. I will try & purchase the vinyl from a dealer listed by
Steve as they are about 20 miles from me. John great idea with the warm water & now I know that the screws at the corners were original & not an after thought. If all goes well I will replace all the door inserts as they are not so white anymore in-spite of cleaning them. Getting ready to install a MaxxAir fan in the bathroom as soon as the weather breaks. The one I installed last year burnt up with the other trailer. Cant wait for warmer weather so I can pull off all the tarps & get to work on my to-do list
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.... If all goes well I will replace all the door inserts as they are not so white anymore in-spite of cleaning them. ...
If it is just the whiteness try Clorox Kitchen Cleanup. Mine were real "grungy" looking and I tried everything and lots of hard scrubbing to no avail. About 5 years ago I tried the Clorox. Spray it on, wait 5 to 10 minutes, spray a little more and use a small brush that you would use for cleaning hands. It whitens up with very little "elbow grease". I usually have to do it every Spring.
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Old 02-22-2011, 07:13 AM   #7
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Thanks Gene, I will give your recommendation a go however I have used "straight" bleach on them & I think they are beyond that. The problem is that look like they have black spots deep into the vinyl itself.
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