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Old 05-25-2013, 07:07 AM   #113
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I wouldnt glue anything to the rat fur and expect it to last. The rat fur is kinda delicate and if any pressure is applied to it for "pulling" it's going to pull it down/out and make a mess. Are you trying to apply the gasket to the door? I'd apply it to the body, there's no rat fur or anything in the door channel. YMMV
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:27 AM   #114
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I'll try that Steve. My finger strength was not enough so maybe I can use pliers somewhat gently.
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Old 05-25-2013, 11:41 AM   #115
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thanks Donna. If I can't squeeze the gasket tightly enough to hold, maybe I'll be able to run a tiny bead along the outside of the door, directly on the fiberglass, with some success and not hit the rat fur at all. It kind of amazed me how the thickness of the fur is so thin on that one section. I wonder why.
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Old 05-25-2013, 12:17 PM   #116
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Sharon its thin on that side due to how tight the door often is on the hinge side. I assumed it was due to years of compression on mine but as yours is fairly new perhaps they shave down that backing or something at the factory to accommodate for the that.

The problem you are having with it wanting to slip off is also due to how tight the fit is on that side and why the foam gasket Scamp installs often slip over on that side as well.

I have tried this mod with two different sized gaskets now and have not been able to get the door to closed unless someone is on the outside and pushing hard while I pull it tight on the inside. :-((( I camp on my own often so not always going to have someone to push on from the outside to shut it for me and I am not sure that when I do have someone with me they would be to pleased to know that after they help me close the door they have to sleep outside. I know some others who have done this mode have reported that they have had some difficulties with closing the door after doing this mode as well, but I am thinking that perhaps my door just fits tighter than some others. I have given up on this mode for this year as it was getting costly ordering different gaskets to try. I ended up ordering new foam gaskets from Scamp so I could go camping and not worry about not having any gaskets on the door if it rained. A bit disappointed due to having spent hours cleaning up around the door frame after getting rid of the old foam gaskets. Actually took a chance and went to NOG for 5 days without any gaskets, as I was waiting for my second order of attempting to find the correct sized rubber gaskets to arrive. Happy the weather was good :-)

What I have learned so far from attempting to do this mode is that the foam that Scamp uses around the door is only 1/2" thick and it easily compresses. Some of the links and photos of the gaskets that have been posted here are much thicker in total than that and they do not compress as easily. For this mode to work well on all Scamps I suspect that one needs to find a gasket that is no more than a total of 1/2" in thickness and made with fairly soft rubber to allow for good compression.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:48 PM   #117
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Thanks for sharing that Carol. So far, I've been able to close the door myself from outside and inside. It's a little tight, but not bad. The seal is great. I'm going to stay with it for a while, but if it turns into a total pain I'll go back to the original setup and just order more foam. Hopefully, door warp due to the rubber gasket won't be in my near future, but I guess it may well happen. Sigh.
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Old 05-25-2013, 01:58 PM   #118
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Home Depot, Lowe's or any Home center sells that closed cell foam in varying thickness of 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 in and varying width usually for less than 5 bucks a 10 ft roll, has worked for me
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Thanks for sharing that Carol. So far, I've been able to close the door myself from outside and inside. It's a little tight, but not bad. The seal is great. .
Good to hear! It is a great mod and it looks good as well. Just wanted to warn folks that not all Scamp doors are the same as far as tight fit and didnt want anyone purchasing as I did (twice) something of a size that wasnt going to work.
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Old 05-25-2013, 09:16 PM   #120
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Sharon, if you've gotten far enough to know you don't have issues closing the door then the only issue is keeping the gasket on. The best solution I've seen is to just put 2 rivets at the bottom next to where the seams come together. Its tight enough that it keeps the gasket from coming off and no glue needed. I think Norm did that on his install. If you don't have a rivet gun, buy one because you'll need it eventually and its easy to use.
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