trillium belly band - Fiberglass RV

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Old 01-21-2009, 02:00 PM   #1
Trailer: 1974 Trillium 13 ft
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Hi all - hoping that the mind-trust here (which has proved awesome so far) can help me out:

I removed the belly band ion our Trillium in order to find and seal the 86 extra holes the previous owner drilled throught he shell - thereby rendering our Trillium as water tight as the average colander, and now that I have the holes sealed (fibreglassed) and the trim band re-riveted back on, how eactly do I get the balck rubber back in? Its super stiff and wont go back in - I tried feeding it through from oen end, and it started to split the rubber/ peel off the edges. Is there a tool I can use to get it back in? heat it up first with a heat gun to soften it (it has been pretty cold here lately)??

any suggestions would be great.

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Old 01-21-2009, 03:40 PM   #2
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Your best bet is probably to get a new rubber strip (a.k.a. black vinyl insert molding, easily found at RV parts stores), as the old one is probably too stiff and has probably shrunk quite a bit over the years.

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Old 01-21-2009, 04:43 PM   #3
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Great to hear that you've made such good progress! Nothing like 86 fewer improperly sealed holes to improve your Trillium. And a pox on the person who left them like that <_<

I agree with Daniel about buying new strip material. It's pretty cheap and will be fresh and pliable. (I think I saw it on eBay for less than a dollar a foot? ) I saw that it comes in colors too, in case you want to make a design statement

Again, high fives for tackling a big project on your new trailer and having almost finished it.

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Old 01-21-2009, 05:13 PM   #4
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Heat gun or soak in a tub of HOT water. Was the black strip also a little short? The heat gun or hot water can/may stretch it a bit, but it'll prolly just shrink back anyhow. This stuff is readily available at most well stocked R/V stores...
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