Another potential piece of the sliding window replacement seal puzzle has just showed up on Vintage Trailer Supply as a brand new item
. Unfortunately it is not yet in stock so I have no way to order a sample. This piece will insert into the exterior vertical divider. It seals against the sliding window to keep out water, dirt, drafts, etc. (I did a temporary replacement fix for this seal on my window with piece of windshield wiper but it is not the perfect size)
I can't wait to get my hands on it to confirm my thinking that this is going to have fins that are tall enough to wipe against the sliding pane. It is a replacement for the 1960's era sliding windows so hopefully that means our Campster sliding windows will also be able to use it. With that slant on the fins you would install it one direction on the right side of the trailer and the opposite direction on the left. It will wipe water off the surface of the glass as you slide the window open.
I am trying to focus on using Vintage Trailer Supply for as many of the window gaskets as possible as they are having them made in silicone which won't have the shrinking and hardening problems of the original vinyl materials.
If this vertical finned seal proves out that leaves one last seal to find a replacement for. I think I will send Vintage Trailer Supply a chunk of it and see if it is in their plans to produce it in silicone. I will hold off on getting that one for a while longer if it is going to be available in silicone to match the rest of the seals. I do have an alternative potential candidate for that sole remaining seal but it is only made in black vinyl. I really would prefer it if all the seals matched in color, it just looks a lot more professional.
In case you are curious how to quickly sort out how to out the best candidates for a seal one of the things I do is take measurements from the window and/or existing seal. Then on the internet I try to find a measured image of the potential candidates for a seal that show a sectional view with the dimension lines shown on that view. Then I use the clipping tool on my computer and clip it right at the leader lines of a known dimension and save that as an image file. I then import it into a graphics program, in my case I am using Corel Draw for the graphic work. When I select that image in the program I can go to the size box that shows the height and width of the imported image, then I lock those dimensions to remain proportional. The next step is to type in correct size of the dimension that belong to the part. Then I can print it out as its real size and hold that image next to my original seal. I could even trim the image on the paper and test fit it at the location but so far I have not had to do that.
After 3 weeks of searching and testing and ordering samples there is now some strong light
at the end of this tunnel even though we are not quite through it.