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Old 08-02-2018, 08:31 AM
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Default RV-4 (Possibly -8) Rear Canopy Seal?

How are you guys sealing up the rear portions of the canopy? I have a finished/flying -4 with probably 15/20 year old weather stripping that's probably crushed and worn beyond it's service life. And the Wife was complaining of a cold draft at 5,500ft on the way home from Oshkosh this year so I need to make her happy if we continue to travel together.....

I've seen posts about using bicycle tire tubes and getting real fancy but I'd like to keep it simpler. Any amazing products out there that everyone seems to agree on?


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Old 08-02-2018, 08:45 AM
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Default RV-12 rubber seal

I'm told that the RV-12 rubber seal works really well, but I'm not 100% sure about the shape. This thread has some hints:

Van's has this but no photo:
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Old 08-02-2018, 09:26 AM
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Default RV-3 Canopy seal

I used 3/4" wide self adhesive felt strip in various thickness around the entire perimeter. Ordered the medium weight stuff from Zoro Tools. Seals well, the canopy slides just as easy as before, and it doesn't really show.

Lot's warmer in the Summer though....
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Old 08-02-2018, 08:32 PM
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I used the foam that you get from Home Depot that they use to seal window air conditioning units. Its a square cross section, maybe 1.5 square, so you need to attach it a couple inches from the bottom edge of the skirt. But, it squishes down nicely to form a pretty good seal.
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