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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351961


Hi I was wondering if any of you helpful lot could help us, as you have done in the past.  We need to replace the infill rubbers on the awning rails, as they are perishing,  which and how is the best way to do this?
 
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351962


The infills are a plastic material, called Herzim Strip and they come in several different sizes and colours. You need to measure the width of the channel they go into, it will probably be 12mm or 15mm.
You can get the strip here: http://www.olearymotorhomes.co.uk/pvc--rubber-extrusions-20-c.asp
 
Remove the old strip and clean out any dirt etc in the channel.
Measure the length of channel and cut the strip to allow at least 2 inches more than you want.
Put the strip in hot water to soften it then press into the channel, possibly using a blunt implement to help it seat in.
It will shrink a little when cooling in length , once secured at each end , trim to length when  it has cooled
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351963


It sounds really easy. is it fiddley?
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351964

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Not exactly fiddley but it cannot be rushed. In addition to warming the plastic in hot water to make it pliable, I also used a hairdryer to keep the insert softened, I found this essential whilst fixing the plastic insert on the awning rail proper, as when you remove the plastic from the hot water it quickly loses it's flexibility. I also used a small section of a wooden batten to ease the insert into the rail.

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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351965

There used to be a simple tool that looked a bit like a screwdriver with a shaped wire loop on the end that was designed for inserting the trim. I've not seen one for ages but I'm sure there must still be some about. Maybe one of the trade suppliers still stock them?
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351966

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The tool you are thinking about is used to fit infill strips to car window surounds and the like. I am not sure it would work on aluminium trim, as the whole idea was that as you pushed it, the loop opened up the groove and a following roller pushed the trim into the groove.
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351967


Just checked and they are still available to caravan trade from Leisure Plus and marketed as being for caravan trim.
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351968

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I actually have one of tools in question and used it, all be it on tractor cabs not cars or caravans, it works as I said, the leading wire loop opens the window sealing rubber groove and the roller pushes the infill strip in to the groove. I fail to see how this will work on an aluminium extrusion, the wire loop will not open the groove.
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351969

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When I replaced a strip on my leaky Lunar some years ago all I did was to choose a warm day, I immersed the replacement trim, which I bought from a normal caravan accessory shop, in some warm water and stretched it slightly while I prodded it into place with my finger. Easy peasy and no tools needed.
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Can anyone help? 2 years 8 months ago #351970


Thank you to all that have replied, we have done it today as it was nice and sunny, went well but very slow process. 
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