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Old 09-03-2019, 04:45 PM   #1
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Default Sealing trim clips on a VS30

Has anyone sealed the exterior trim clips on their VS30 yet?

I haven't actually seen my van (I'm abroad while it's sitting at home and waiting for another week and a half before we start our build out), but was trying to order the trim clips in preparation for some breaking when we pull the panels and seal.

Spoke to a dealer that sells parts online and had the ncv3 clips for $1.70 each, was planning on ordering 10-20 just in case but was told that the part number for those (002-991-85-70 as per various threads here on the topic) doesn't match my VIN. What came up for him was 2 new part numbers, 9109910100 and 9109910000, @ $11.50ea. & $14.00 ea. , respectively, which have to be ordered from Germany. He has no information on what they look like other than they are supposedly clips for the side molding....

Must be some amazing trim clips at that price ;P Maybe they're actually sealed (highly doubt it).

So that's where I'm at. Anyone else gotten further? Has someone pulled their panels and seen what's there?

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Old 09-03-2019, 04:51 PM   #2
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Apparently the 2019+ now have a new & updated design clip where there is an additional soft plastic portion that seals better.

Are you experiencing any leakage now?











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Old 09-03-2019, 05:33 PM   #4
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Haven't seen the van except in photos that family have sent me, so don't know.

Interesting. I do have difficulty believing that they are sealed as well as they would be with some DAP butyl sealant, and once the walls go up and it starts getting exposed to the rain I won't know.....

I suppose I can direct a hose at the van repeatedly at the start of the build and see what happens.

I wonder if the old trim clips will still fit then, eg. replace the new ones with old ones + sealant....
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Have you seen this method for sealing the panels with a rubber strip?

https://youtu.be/f7a3JpVNWJQ
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Have you seen this method for sealing the panels with a rubber strip?

https://youtu.be/f7a3JpVNWJQ
The 8020 trim is not UV resistant and its operating temperature rating is 0C - 40C.
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The 8020 trim is not UV resistant and its operating temperature rating is 0C - 40C.
As I was watching the video, I imagined driving down the road with pieces of rubber trim slapping against the side of the van.

I'm hoping someone will check out the VS30 and see if it's still necessary to remove the panels and seal the clip holes properly. I'd love to check that job off my list without having to do any work!
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My 2019 has not had any leaks. I just finished my conversion but while it was down to the frame I noticed the insides were covered in a rubber spray. This is also around the clip holes. I did not remove any of the clips to examine any closer but the van has been in some very heavy rain and strong storms since May and I have no evidence of liquid inside.

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My 2019 has not had any leaks. I just finished my conversion but while it was down to the frame I noticed the insides were covered in a rubber spray. This is also around the clip holes. I did not remove any of the clips to examine any closer but the van has been in some very heavy rain and strong storms since May and I have no evidence of liquid inside.

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Thanks for that info! Sounds promising. Don't suppose you've been behind your wall panels during/around when it was being exposed to all that precip?
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Hmm, in sulkorps build thread in VS30 writeups (DD/Digital Lab/Camper ) he writes:

"It is clear that they didn't address the exterior trim issue, as the clips are not weather sealed."

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https://sprinter-source.com/forum/sh...ad.php?t=73976

Is the the first photo in that post showing where there's been leakage?
https://sprinter-source.com/forum/at...4&d=1553013390
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