Cheapest Place to Buy Front Window seal with locking strip - Fiberglass RV


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Old 03-29-2012, 02:43 AM   #1
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Cheapest Place to Buy Front Window seal with locking strip

hi,

Looking to buy a new front window seal and locking strip for our 81 boler, I've been to the scamp website and they sell the seal for $2 and the lock strip for .40 cents.

wondering if anyone has got this stuff for cheaper anywhere else? also, do you know the dimensions needed if ordering from other places? I've seen it around on other websites and there are so many different sizes, to get. some are different sizes options some are equal size on the body side of the seal vs the window side and I've seen some that are different sizes on either side. so not sure if 1/4" is about what is needed?

if someone knows of a place that sells for less i'd appreciate help, going to place an order tomorrow from scamp for a pair of door hinges and some other small odds and ends. need this window seal and I've heard scamp gets a little crazy with shipping so if I can get everything I need from them once i'll do that just not sure if they are the best/cheapest place to get this seal.


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Old 03-29-2012, 07:02 AM   #2
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The plexiglass on the two Scamps I delt with was 3/16" or .177. Most glass shops stock the 1/4'' seal. If you order the seal it usually comes in 100' lengths and with two windows you only need approx 25'. I bought the seal with the lock strip built in so I didn't need the lock strip tool.
When installing the seal on the trailer I start at the bottom center and seat the seal on the body with a rubber mallet. When you get back to the starting point I cut the seal about an inch long and usually I can get it seated.
If you buy the Scamp seal you will also need a trim-loc tool. I think Donna has a source for the tool. If you only had one trailer to do I think I would just order from it Scamp since it is about price the same as a 100ft roll.
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Old 03-29-2012, 11:02 AM   #3
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The seal on both front & rear windows of my '84 Scamp 13 had deteriorated to the point of nothing but cracks. I've done a few P/U truck rear windows with seal & locking strip but wasn't confident in my ability to do it on the fiberglass Scamp without damaging something. I took it by my local 'glass' shop & he couldn't determine for sure (without taking one out) the correct dimensions for the rubber seal. I knew I could get it from Scamp for around $65-70 shipped (for both windows - 25') & my glass guy said it'd cost more'n that if he had to supply it. He agreed to remove the old seal & install the new using my windows, for 1hr labor charge. I ordered the stuff from Scamp (knowing it should be correct size) & then took it to the 'glass shop'. They charged me labor for one hour-$75 (job took about 35-40min) & did an excellent job. For the bother & aggravation I wouldn't have touched it for that amount. The rubber seal I got from Scamp is approx 1" total width, the 'glass' channel is approx 1/4" (maybe 3/16'?) width & the fiberglass channel approx 1/8" (maybe 3/32").

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Old 03-29-2012, 03:00 PM   #4
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eddie, you say that most shops have the 1/4 seal, but is that what is needed to do the job? or do I need something else. I really don't want to buy it from scamp if i can get 4x the amount for the same price. I could hang on to it or sell it to someone else to recoup some of the money or even give it away. Just want to know exactly what is needed.

can you tell me where you bought your stuff with the lock strip built in? that would be better then having to buy a tool also.

appreciate your time,


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Old 03-29-2012, 03:30 PM   #5
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thanks for the post harvey, the new seal loos great. makes a big difference, was your seal leaking at all? mine isnt leaking but the PO put silicone over the whole thing and looks terrible. question: is that lock strip not supposed to be inside? I could be wrong, but I thought my locking strip was on the inside of trailer, my trailer is original with nothing replaced or modified, its a boler tho, you've got a scamp and maybe they do it different.

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Old 03-29-2012, 04:02 PM   #6
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My seals weren't leaking but the 'rubber' had deteriorated so badly that if you just touched it you had a black. grimy coating on your hand, & every time it rained it left ugly black streaks down the white surface.

I've never seen a locking strip that wasn't on the outside. Apparently there must be some but as you can see in the 'before' pix mine was on the outside. Just checked my old '85 Ford Diesel P/U & my son's mid-70's Chevy & they both have the locking strip outside...
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Old 03-29-2012, 05:20 PM   #7
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.........I've never seen a locking strip that wasn't on the outside. .............
On UHauls, the locking strip is inside. In fact the locking strip had a handle to pull that makes the window the emergency escape.
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:42 PM   #8
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On UHauls, the locking strip is inside. In fact the locking strip had a handle to pull that makes the window the emergency escape.
Thank you. Never seen a UHaul. I'm curious how that emergency escape window would work. Not sure how removing the locking strip (spline) would release the window? Maybe just push the entire window/seal out the opening?
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Old 03-29-2012, 06:52 PM   #9
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I could be wrong, but was sure mine was on the inside. i'll have to check sometime,

the uhual safety thing is a little piece of sewn fabric or something that is wrapped around the spline, then in an emergency you pull the fabric/handle thing, it allows the spline to be pulled out then you knock the window out the opening and out you jump.
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Thank you. Never seen a UHaul. I'm curious how that emergency escape window would work. Not sure how removing the locking strip (spline) would release the window? Maybe just push the entire window/seal out the opening?
Yes, once the locking strip is removed, the whole window pushes out easily.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:44 PM   #11
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The only place I can find online in Canada is Trimlok.ca, they have a one-piece locking gasket but it's for 1/4" glass, not sure if it's ok with 3/16" plexi? I don't think it would be much cheaper than ordering from Scamp. I emailed Scamp a couple years ago and they would ship most things USPS as long as it wasn't too big. This would avoid the high customs brokerage fees charged by UPS.

I remember people mentioning that you should be able to get gaskets from auto window installation shops, I couldn't find anything available online and I haven't made any calls to them. I'll probably just order them from Scamp if I don't find anything easily available locally.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:51 AM   #12
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Scamp shipped the 24' gasket & locking spline to me from Backus, MN to central Arkansas in a 13"x13"x6"H cardboard box. Think the shipping was $16.

Oh yeah, I just discovered those 'high brokerage fees' recently on a shipment of parts from Canada to Arkansas.
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How wide are the two grooves on each side of the gasket? Measure at the bottom of the groove.
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Old 04-05-2012, 10:12 PM   #14
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Eddie, the glass groove is between 3/16" & 1/4" wide while fiberglass groove is between 3/32" & 1/8" wide. The entire gasket is about 1" wide when installed...
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