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Old 06-10-2021, 03:59 AM
KatanaPilot KatanaPilot is offline
 
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Default Door hinge covers

One of the design features of the RV-10 leaves a bit to be desired, in my opinion.

The door hinges do not seal well to the cabin and you can see daylight though them and obviously rain will enter there as well. We are using the McMaster-Carr door seals which should keep rain out of the cabin and force the rain along the gutter and out the bottom/sides of the door opening - but I'm not thrilled with this approach.

We have a couple of ideas on how to make this functionally and aesthetically better, but I wanted to check to see if anyone has pictures of what they did. I am aware of the AirWard hinges, but don't really want to go that route at this time.

Thanks for your suggestions!
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Old 06-10-2021, 05:30 AM
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If you are talking interior covers, here is the link for my solution.

http://www.mykitlog.com/users/displa...g=246377&row=6

I did not make exterior covers. I have seen a few builds that made covers and attached by drilling and tapping the hinges themselves.

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Old 06-10-2021, 06:21 AM
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I also made fiberglass pads that bridge over the hinge and create a place for a continuous seal.

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Old 06-10-2021, 06:59 AM
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I just pop riveted some scrap aluminum similar to the fiberglass ones posted above.
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Old 06-10-2021, 08:38 AM
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This is what I did. A couple of trimmed pieces of rigid foam glued in, then McMaster self adhesive car weather stripping applied to the entire door. If memory serves this stuff was 3/8" tall - but it comes in various sizes.

The seal works well (do the 3'x5" card test - shut the door, does the card become difficult to remove?). The seal is now 10 years old and still going strong.

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Old 06-10-2021, 10:00 AM
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I used some scraps from the doors to cover over the pocket. The 1/2" x 1/8" foam seal goes right over and seals nicely. I had to move the door strut bracket down in order to avoid interference with the door.
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Old 06-10-2021, 10:22 AM
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One of the benefits of using the stock seals is this is a non-issue.
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Old 06-10-2021, 03:18 PM
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Thanks to all of you that provided helpful suggestions.
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Make sure to glass over any cover plates to avoid cracking.
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