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Old 12-07-2011, 12:56 PM   #15
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Teri, the fit looks like good. Appears you may have used a black silicon sealant, is that correct? (I have been considering the use in this vertical seal.)

Bobbie, regarding access, one reason I'm doing this work now is with no fabric/screen in place we easily reach many areas from within the trailer. (In my case the original seal took some effort to drill out rivets & peel the glued seal off.) In addition to using a ladder as Teri mentioned, a step stool, or a sturdy pick-nick table may give good access.

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Old 12-07-2011, 08:42 PM   #16
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Mark, No sealant used. My top has a lip that is at a 90 degree angle from the top. The weatherstripping fits well on the lip and is tight enough that I don't think any sealant is needed.

Now I have to get the canvas finished and installed. Lots to do and little time. Hopefully during my holiday break I will have some time to work on the trailer.

I also need to test the propane line. Bobbie, does your gas light in your trailer work? I seem to remember some flickering, was that your post? Is there a manual for the light? I haven't been able to find it.

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Old 12-07-2011, 09:06 PM   #17
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My light pulses and I have been told that it would be dangerous to use it. I have thought of replacing it with a new one though as I like the idea of having one. With the poptop CO is not a big issue and where I camp the warmth it adds isn't a problem, either.

I hadn't thought of working from inside. Duh. Right now what it needs I can't do from inside without removing the canvas but if I do take it back to Fresno in January I may try working on that. I need to replace a top spring and I can't reach it or even conveniently see it without removing the canvas, which does need replacing. And my weatherstrip needs replacing, too.
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Old 12-07-2011, 09:50 PM   #18
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Teri & Bobbie, if the registration is at hand, what are the serial numbers of your trailers. Mine is #267. May be helpful in noting differences. I did not guess some would have a horizontal lip.

I have the gas lamp but have not tried it. Forum member Harry Young has Trailswest factory papers (scaned as JPEGS) for the gas lamp with parts blow up, stove with parts blow up, ice box with parts blow up and the hand pump with parts blow up. He was going to email them to me so I could convert them & upload as PDF to the document center.
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:30 PM   #19
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I can check the serial number tomorrow.
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Mark,

The Vehicle id is 0397. It also says it was made in 1970 and first sold in 1971.
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If I recall, mine is 149 and I don't think there is a lip.
Built in 1970.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:57 PM   #22
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Teri, is the 90 degree lip on your Campster fiberglass?

I now have the 3/4 inch bulb seal attached, but not fully adjusted. The inside photo shows the wood trim I tapered to create an inner dust seal.

Next on this top will be fabric (stretchable black mesh, all window / all screen / all the way around) and light weight removable panels for weather protection.

I did get an email from Harry Young regarding the Trails West factory papers, he had a computer meltdown, but hopes to retrieve an archived copy.

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Old 01-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #23
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Mark, Yes it is. My top seems to have more space, especially since the seal is away from the wood and frame.

I am going to work on the 'canvas' replacement this week. The original had 4 windows but I think I am going to only make 2.

I also need to test the propane lines as I now have an Olympic Wave 3 Catalytic heater that I need to install. But I will get to that too.

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Mark, I am going to order from R and P. They have what I need as my pop-top has a lip on it. I just have to get it done. Maybe now! What a thought.
What's R&P? My trim was white; has anyone seen anything but black or gray available? I'm ripping off the old trim as it is off on both sides, anyway but don't yet have a replacement. Mine has the straight edge.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:26 AM   #25
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Bobbie, is yours a vertical fiberglass edge like on mine (post #5 & 12 for photos)? R&P Carriages Trailer Sales (link post #2) did not carry the 1/8 inch edge my Campster required. I believe Teri's has a 90 degree (metal?) edge.

Measure the gap all the way around. Mine varied from zero to close to 3/4 inch. I needed to lengthen the fiberglass vertical "lip" or edge in many areas, and grind it down in others to get a good fit with a 3/4 bulb. Would have been easier with 1" bulb (but I could only find that in 125 foot length.) I don't think you will find white, nor anything quite like the original if it looks like mine did.

McMaster-Carr has may sizes of Edge Gripe Seals, up to the 1/8 edge with a 3/4 bulb. R&P may be less expensive, if they have the size you need.

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It's vertical and it isn't very even, either. R&P has this one:
1/8" WHITE Edge Trim Seal BLACK BULB "C" RV Camper Lok | eBay
but as you say the bulb may be too small. It doesn't say in the ad but the bulb looks to be 3/8 to 1/2 inch.
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And where do you get stretchable black mesh?
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For temporary use I am going to stick some pipe wrap insulation (the round foam piece with a slot in it) on the edges. It won't do for winter but should be good for a bit this summer. I also want to paint the wood frame edge- mine is in great condition but is bare wood on the outside.
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