It’s summertime and time to take your RV out for a long, relaxing weekend. But before you can pull out of the driveway, there’s one last thing that needs to happen: updating the rubber seals on your RV.
If you don’t do this simple maintenance step, then all of the dirt and grime from your travels will be trapped inside when you get to your destination – not cool!
So here’s what we’ll cover in this article: how to update those rubber seals so they’ll keep working their magic protecting against leaks and moisture buildup.
Updating Rubber Seals
The first thing you’ll want to do is wash your RV with soap and water.
Once it’s nice and clean, dry the entire surface of the rubber seal, including all around the edges where it meets up with other surfaces. If there are any cracks in the seam, use some silicone or caulking to fill them so they don’t worsen.
When you’re done applying that protective material, have a friend hold down one side while you pull out on the opposite edge until both parts of the seal come apart easily (or start at an endpoint if there still seems like something might be binding). Apply new packing tape over the top of the old packing tape and dry for 24 hours before reinstalling; this will ensure that the rubber seal will not come apart again.
Now you’re ready to put the new rubber seal in place and reinstall it! Follow the same steps as before but make sure that there is no packing tape on top of the old material when applying your protective utility. Otherwise, this can cause a buildup that might end up coming undone from the rubber at some point down the line.
Finally, reinstall all screws/bolts and then put back any lights or other things inside to interfere with airflow while driving around. Once that’s done, pat yourself on the back for completing your task! It can be a lot of work to update rubber seals on your RV.
RV Slide Seal Replacement Cost
This is a guide on how to replace the rubber seal that runs along the bottom of an RV slide. It’s not just about replacing it, but also updating it with some new material so that you can keep your other seals in good form and ensure they won’t come apart again.
You’ll need a utility knife or scissors if there are any pieces still stuck inside from when you pulled out old material earlier; those will be easier to cut than trying to tear them up by hand. You can also use this tool for cutting off excess packing tape after installing the new plastic protective cover over your existing seal (you don’t want to install more!) Lastly, make sure all screws have been tightened back into place before completing your task!
Costs for replacing the rubber seal on a 15-foot, single slide are between $200-$400.
Benefits of Updating your RV’s Rubber Seals
It reduces wear & tear and extends the lifespan of other parts in your motorhome (like the roof rack). This could save money down the line while providing increased protection against water, dirt, and other elements.
It’s a good idea to do this task during the winter when you have more time and less chance of inclement weather.
If your recreational vehicle is older than five years old or has over 20,000 miles on it – then yes! You should be replacing those rubber seals as soon as possible!