Repairing RV Trim (with 3M Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive)

Repairing RV Trim (with 3M Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive)

December 10, 2014 by ·

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To properly maintain an RV, you need a few key products in your toolbox. One of these is 3M Super Weatherstrip Gasket Adhesive ( This product is a favorite of boat, car, and motorcycle enthusiasts – and yes, it works great with RVs too.

We own an Airstream travel trailer that we try to keep in good running order. One of the great upsides of Airstream ownership, in our opinion, is the trailer’s longevity. Airstreams are not disposable. Over 70% of all Airstream travel trailers ever built (going back to the 1930s) are still in use today. So if you are a “buy and hold” type, it’s a natural fit.

In all probability, we’ll keep ours (which we occasionally, and for no apparent reason, call “Liv”) for a long time. Perhaps all of our lives. Naturally, we do our best to keep it in good cosmetic and working condition. Over 100,000 miles of travel have taken their toll, but she still looks quite nice to my eyes. Sure, there are a few gravel dents on her rock guards, but they just remind me of a certain road in a remote corner of British Columbia.

Click the pic to get your own!

The cosmetics of an Airstream exterior are fairly simple, thanks to that blessed coat of aluminum. Although some Airstreams may suffer from “filiform corrosion” (a separate issue), aluminum never rusts. If it fades, you can polish it. Modern Airstreams are equipped with a clear coat finish, so even fading is muted. But as you’ll see in our video, occasionally there are a few issues that need addressing. Like metal trim pieces falling off.

Repairing the metal trim piece was as simple as thoroughly cleaning the area and finding the right adhesive. As always, a ready supply of the necessary tools always helps. In this case, 3M Super Weatherstrip and Gasket Adhesive ( was the secret sauce. And, of course, a little duct tape never hurt anyone.

Occasionally we’ll see ragged out old Airstreams (and cars and motorhomes) and wonder, “How on earth did they let the poor thing get in that condition?” But the truth is that proper maintenance, mechanical and cosmetic, demands ongoing vigilance. When something breaks, you’ve got to repair it THE RIGHT WAY. All too often, owners allow their property to deteriorate a little bit at a time. It’s much better to “fix what needs fixin’” immediately, rather than to let a lot of small jobs become one overwhelming overhaul.

Click here to snag a tube of 3M adhesive.

Special thanks to Kristy’s father Harry for once again coming to our rescue.

Being a Auto/ Truck tech for many yrs I have used 3M products for many of those yrs, and I have never had a bad product from 3M. One of the things that the trade people always stay with are products “that plain work as they are sold to” so anyone can always feel comfort in knowing they have used one of the best product for the job they are doing. Now like all good things they are NOT the cheapest, but the old saying will never change “You get what you pay for”.


About smokeycamping

Well let's see have lived in NY for my whole life, have always loved the outdoors (as long as it is warm out) have always hated the cold, and like a dummy have stayed in NY. But now with my second try my wife, we have been camping now for well over 25 yrs. We currently own a 2010 Cedar creek silverback 35TS and can not wait to get out on the highways and see this great country we all call home. Hope to see every National park before my medical issue becomes too bad to travel. I love my African gray parrot (she is my baby) and have two dogs at the time brother and sister mutts, but love them all the same. Have always been a big Nascar fan, love computers (have a number of certificates to build and work on them) am trying to learn photography, enjoy light hiking, being with good friends and folks. country music, pop music and just being outdoors. So I hope someday to meet some of the great people who like what I like and post out there in some great campground somewhere in the country, till then I will keep posting and I hope you keep liking.

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