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Advice on door and hatch seals?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 3:36 am
by harryrauser
Hello all,

I recently bought my first teardrop trailer, a self-build from a craftsman from my area. It's great but it isn't watertight alas. I am trying to figure out what might be the best way of remedying that. I've been browsing through related forum posts and found a few interesting inspirations. Hope you don't mind me asking your advice regarding my particular design. How would you go about it? Please have a look at this video I made to show the details.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/wujb2zfapmn9h ... s.mp4?dl=0

Thank you very much in advance!

Re: Advice on door and hatch seals?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:34 am
by Trevor57
That door should have a gutter above it. https://www.google.com/search?q=trailer ... 66&bih=659 It is an easy fix, and will possibly fix the problem.

Re: Advice on door and hatch seals?

PostPosted: Tue Jul 04, 2017 9:56 am
by steve cowan
Nice looking camper you got.Definately a gutter over door.Also when hatch is open during rain a diverter of some sort will keep water out.ideally the hinge and rubber seal
should have extended 3/4 to 1 inch past the sides to prevent leak into hatch.

Re: Advice on door and hatch seals?

PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 2:40 am
by harryrauser
Thanks for the suggestions. I will definitely try and find gutters or have some made. Do you think I should add some exterior covering of the gap? Something to overlap the wall so I would have room for another set of sealing?

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Re: Advice on door and hatch seals?

PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 9:40 pm
by Esteban
!. Install better Door Hatch Seals on the inside surrounding the door.

2. Install a Drip Cap on the exterior above the door(s).

3. Install a Hurricane Hinge to the galley hatch that protrudes about 1/2" to 1" beyond the exterior walls.

I looks like you live in the UK. Are these or similar parts available to you?

Re: Advice on door and hatch seals?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 2:41 am
by harryrauser
Esteban wrote:
2. Install a Drip Cap on the exterior above the door(s).

3. Install a Hurricane Hinge to the galley hatch that protrudes about 1/2" to 1" beyond the exterior walls.

I looks like you live in the UK. Are these or similar parts available to you?


Hello Esteban, thanks! I did put in better seals, that helped. A drip cap like this would be great, I think that would make all the difference. Unfortunately my door has a curved top edge so the straight drip caps won’t work. I’ll contact that place to see whether they could customise one of these. - no I live in Germany, I have not seen that type of drip cap around here...


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Re: Advice on door and hatch seals?

PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:45 am
by greygoos
I have used trim lok gutter with some success. https://www.amazon.com/Trim-Lok-DRB-25- ... B06VWRJZ3W.