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« on: May 12, 2013, 03:16:55 PM »

We just bought our first popup, 1998 Coleman Destiny Series - Mesa.  My question is with the Roof Seal that sits on the bottom edge of the roof and seals to the box when the roof is all the way down.  So this is a continuous piece of seal that starts in the middle of the backside of the camper and wraps all the way around to the same location.  However, there is a 3" gap where they meet.  The previous owner, who owned it for one year, told me that is the way it's supposed to be.  Is this correct?  Or should they meet and create a full seal around the whole room?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2013, 03:33:35 PM »

Mine doesnt seal per say. It just goes all the way down and seems to be sufficient. Im sure some of the Veterans of this forum will have a better answer!

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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2013, 04:47:47 PM »

However, there is a 3" gap where they meet.  The previous owner, who owned it for one year, told me that is the way it's supposed to be.  Is this correct?

Nonsense ... of course that seal should go all the way around.  This is a 15 yr old camper so what's happened is the rubber has contracted with age, leaving that gap you see.  If the seal otherwise seems to be in reasonably good shape I'd leave it and try to invent a DIY solution to fill in that gap which if left as is will only allow rain water to penetrate to the inside of the camper where it can cause untold damage to the interior. Dead

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2013, 05:33:33 PM »

An 98 Mesa came originally with an ABS roof. That gap occurs when a ABS roof is sagging. The roof spreads out and pulls the gasket apart. Have you checked the roof to see how much sag it has. I would think that after 15 years the gasket needs replacement. Check eBay for cheaper replacement gaskets.


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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2013, 06:12:46 PM »

Welcome to PUX!!

Many times, when the weather-stripping has shrunk like yours, you can simply use finesse and pull it back into position.  "Finesse" might be simply pulling on it, or you might need to undo a few feet of it from the roof, pull on it, and re-attach, or, you might even use a heat gun or hair blow drier to get it warm/hot, and soft again, and then stretch it.

If the ABS roof is bowed, you can probably still stretch the seal. 

Otherwise, there's probably enough overhang on the roof that the gap really isn't a problem, even in the rain.

If it bugs you, automotive weather stripping is sold off bulk rolls, and you can buy something that's very similar, and glue in place with a product called 3M Weatherstrip Adheasive, or even some black silicone.  Your local autobody repair supply places will have books that show all the different sizes and shapes, and they may even have some varieties in stock.  You might even be able to find the real stuff if you hunt online.
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2013, 07:05:24 PM »

My Niagara had a small gap in the seal when I got it and a much larger one by the time I sold it.  I was looking for a short length of bulb seal but the sale went through before I could get several small things fixed.   I stowed my camper slightly nose high and never had water infiltration in the back. 

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2013, 08:58:21 PM »

...  I stowed my camper slightly nose high and never had water infiltration in the back. 

Exactly.  The water runs off so fast, that there's little chance of ingress.
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