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Old 04-09-2009, 08:14 PM   #1
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Replacing vinyl trim around doors

I am attempting to replace the vinyl trim that covers the screws around the doors. The problem I'm having is that the trim tends to buckle on the curves and I cannot get it to look like the old stuff. The old trim almost seemed as though it was designed with the curves in the trim. Could this be the case? Does anyone have any methods for making this work with straight trim? I thought heating it up may help.
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Re: Replacing vinyl trim around doors

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I am attempting to replace the vinyl trim that covers the screws around the doors. The problem I'm having is that the trim tends to buckle on the curves and I cannot get it to look like the old stuff. The old trim almost seemed as though it was designed with the curves in the trim. Could this be the case? Does anyone have any methods for making this work with straight trim? I thought heating it up may help.
Hair dryer. Gently warm the trim and then it will conform nicely to the curves. Don't stretch it as that will cause problems when it cools.
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Old 04-10-2009, 08:41 AM   #3
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Thanks. I'll give it a shot.
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Old 04-11-2009, 01:32 PM   #4
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I had to replace my trim around the door a few years ago, when Sunline was still in business.

I don't know what year your camper is, but mine is a 2002.

Sometime after 2002, Sunline started putting SS Screws in (through),the vinyl trim at various locations, to keep it from popping out. That's what I was told by the factory. That's what happened to mine, it popped out while I was traveling down I 95.

If yours didn't have the SS screws to hold it in place you might consider them. Just thought I'd pass that along.
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Old 04-12-2009, 08:11 AM   #5
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Yep, mine's an '06 and it has the screws, but the problem is that the trim won't flow smoothly around the curves. It buckles on the inner part of the radius and looks terrible. I probably won't be able to get to it until next weekend, but then I will try heating it with a hair dryer and re-doing it.
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Old 04-12-2009, 09:46 AM   #6
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I agree with the hair dryer to soften up the vinyl, so it goes around the curved section of the door.

Just wasn't sure what year camper you had.

Don't know for sure what year Sunline started putting the screws in to hold vinyl in place ? I was told by the factory it was after my 2002 was built.

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My '99 has the screws on the trim on the two outside compartment doors only; nowhere else.

Guess they decided it was a good idea to do that everywhere.
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Old 04-14-2009, 10:06 PM   #8
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Last time I washed my 2553 I noticed my trim looked dirty and would not clean up. Replacing the trim is close to the top of my list as well.

Is the trim pretty standard? Or do I need to pull a piece off to match when I go the RV parts store?

Thanks in advance!

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It doesn't hurt to pull a piece off, but it's probably one inch trim like mine.
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3-IN-ONE makes a silicone Spray Lubricant that works like a charm. Spray the track where you are putting the new molding and it will fit perfectly. We had a 2000 SUNLINE T2453 and replaced all the piping this was, looked brand new. The piping or trim can be bought at any camping supply RV store.

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