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Old 01-22-2009, 11:31 AM   #1
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T1950 Door wanted - are there RV salvage yards here in PA?

Looking to find a used door for our T1950 Solaris. The wood at the bottom is rotting. Are there such things as RV salvage yards?

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Old 01-22-2009, 11:39 AM   #2
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Doug,

RV Salvage yards are pretty uncommon in the east, which means that salvage Sunline's are also quite rare.

It's pretty easy to just rebuild the door. It will require stripping at least one plastic panel off and then you can install a new board on the bottom. If you are careful when removing the old skin, it's possible to re-use it. There really isn't much to the doors, basically just a 2x2 frame with styrofoam in the middle and plastic on the outsides, all surrounded with aluminum.

It's also possible to get a new panel for the door, they come in 4x8 sheets at Home Depot and probably Lowes. Last time I priced one it was about $25 for the whole panel. If this sounds like something you'd want to do, let me know and I can go dig up some pics.

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Jon beat me to the "re-building" part. I had to do that on my 1987 T-1661. The bottom 2x2 was rotted out, and it needed to be replaced, the rest of the door was fine. "IF" I can fix it, I'm betting you can too

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Here's a few more details. I had to go to class before and didn't have the time to gather everything.

Unfortunately, I don't have much documented because my dad did them, and if I wanted him to do them, he had to do them when he wanted to, and I wasn't always around, so I didn't get pics.

The only pic of the bottom of a door I have it from my '98, and that's because I thought it was starting to rot, but I pulled it off and discovered aluminum! But once I tightened up all the screws, the flexing was gone.



Here's a few thoughts:

- The frame attaches in pretty much the same way. You should expect to replace most if not all the screws along the bottom, because if the wood is that rotten, the dampness rusted the screws away to nothing.

- If you choose to go with a new panel on either side, you will have to shave the edges down. A simple guide and clamp will help you do this with a router. The new panel is thicker than the original, which in a way, is a good thing. I don't know how much, I know I have the guide my dad used at home; he might have written the dimensions on, I'm not sure.

- I believe you will have to shave the board down some, it isn't exactly the full 2x2. I can't remember if it was the height or width.

- I'd recommend using pressure treated wood to replace it...it didn't come originally like that, hence the extensive damage.

- You may, scratch that, most likely will have damage to the side boards too. In that case, you can either replace just the damaged part or replace the whole thing.

- If just the bottom board is damaged, you might be able to get away with not removing any panels. Would make it more difficult, but I think it could be done.

- If you do remove a skin, I would highly recommend adding a center support from the lockset frame across the door to the other side. It will require cutting out some foam, but it will make the whole door so much stronger.

- ***MOST IMPORTANT*** I have yet to mention the cause of this problem. The wonderful skin they put on the doors has bubbles in the plastic. This caused water, not much, but enough over the years, to seep down between the plastic and aluminum and the wood soaked it up. I would VERY STRONGLY recommend you put a nice bead of clear or white silicone along that bottom edge and possibly a little up the sides to prevent water from intruding in the future. If you end up replacing the outside skin and have a shaved edge on the bottom, that will help some, but it might be a good idea to silicone it anyway.

Here's some other, non-close-up pics:

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Old 01-22-2009, 06:22 PM   #5
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Thanks!

Wow! Great information. I think I should be able to handle the rebuild. It never crossed my mind, I'm glad you all opened my eyes to repairing instead of replacing. I like the price as well. Our old '95 T1950 is a nice TT and we have no desire to get rid of it. It needs some attention such as the door and with help like you've provided we should be able to enjoy it a few more years.

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