Caravan and motorhome double glazed opening window rubbers are designed to be fitted onto the wall of your van. Over time these seals can deteriorate and should be replaced to prevent water ingress and keep your van warm and comfortable. Water damage is costly to repair so replacing these sections before they start to fail is essential.
Before you can purchase a replacement section you will need to measure the thickness of the wall. This can be done by gently pulling the end of your current window rubber off of the panel. With the seal partly removed, you can measure the total thickness of the wall, including the wooden framework, outer skin and inner skin. This measurement should be somewhere between 25mm and 40mm.
Double glazed opening window rubbers are available in several different sizes. These products are manufactured to fit certain panel thickness. For example, CS4090 is designed to fit a 30mm panel and CS4091 is designed to fit a 35mm panel. This can be problematic when the thickness of your wall is between these two measurements, such as 32mm, and you are unsure whether a 30mm or 35mm seal will create the most reliable seal.
In this instance, we recommend that you purchase a seal slightly larger than the thickness of your wall. It is best practice not to try and fit a smaller section onto your van as stretching these window rubbers may increase the chance of water ingress. In the example above, you will want to purchase the 35mm seal for your 32mm panel.
When fitting an oversized caravan and motorhome window rubber, it is advisable to push the seal tightly against the outside of your van. This will create a tight exterior seal resulting in the additional 3mm space to be on the inside. This will leave you with two options;
Option 1: Keep the Gap
As the seal is pushed tightly against the exterior wall, the pre-applied mastic will bond to this surface and create a reliable seal. When stapled in place, the section is unlikely to move. The additional gap left by the oversized window rubber inside the van can be left unfilled as will never experience rainfall.
These window rubbers are often manufactured so that the legs angle slightly inwards. Once fitted, you may find that this leg angles touches the inside of the wall completely hiding this additional gap.
Option 2: Filling the Gap with a Packing Piece
Alternatively, it may be desirable to fill this gap with a packing piece if the inside leg does not touch the inside wall. To achieve this you can use our solid neoprene strip which is available in a range of thicknesses such as 1.5mm, 3mm and 5mm. This would need to be bonded or stapled onto the inside of the van to increase the wall thickness to suit the window rubber purchased.
For further information on how to identify and replace this
window rubber, please view our Replacing Seals in Caravan & Motorhome
Opening Windows technical help guide. These window rubbers are available in a
large selection of sizes, designed to fit different panel thicknesses. See below
to purchase a replacement rubber;