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Old 05-23-2012, 03:25 PM   #21
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Installed a solar powered vent tube fan. Supposedly there is enough juice left over to run it all night. We shall see.
Is the fan isolated enuff you don't hear the vibrations? Does it come with a on/off switch? Which model did you get? curiouser and curiouser.
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Cleaned, lubed, getting ready for the weekend
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Well, today I got the toilet to hold water, had to take it right apart to fix it. Thanks for the ideas on how to fix it. Chuck
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Is the fan isolated enuff you don't hear the vibrations? Does it come with a on/off switch? Which model did you get? curiouser and curiouser.

Ya, can't hear it at all. But it is low speed and constant, no on/off switch, totally solar. Forgot he brand. Threw out the box. But I got it at CW. I'm sure it's in their catalog.
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Old 05-24-2012, 02:23 PM   #25
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Thanks! I'll have to check it out. I have a fan but it is like the old bathroom fans and rattles the whole house so no running it at night, or when taking a nap.
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Old 05-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #26
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Winterized mine last night as well as found and repaired the broken brake wires to the front axle. Yay, I have front axle brakes again! This is a good reminder for y'all to check those connections!

Today, I washed the awning, slide awning, and then the sides. Didn't bother with the roof, wasn't that bad and I didn't have time before storing it back away. It was a very windy day though, so it was a tough ride. Hopefully it'll just be stored away until early July!

I also noted a funny tire wear pattern yesterday involving the left rear and right front tires. I didn't look today to see if it got worse, but will tomorrow.
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Old 05-25-2012, 10:51 AM   #27
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Spent this morning working of the refrigerator. I looked in the outside compartment and noticed the wood framing was weathering. It needed repainting and weatherproofing. First I put a good coat of paint on the wood.


After painting I found some aluminum duct tape and decided to try some over the top of the paint. I also chose to fasten loose wires to they wouldn't flop going down the road and I tied the 110V power cord in a loop with wireties.


Still have to do some more "making things neater" by putting new insulation on the burner tube and sealing the edges against outside air leakage into the 'house'. More pics as I progress.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:21 PM   #28
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Well I knew it would happen sooner or later, but I certainly hoped it wouldn't be this year. So much for that.



For those who are curious, I did check the pressure in all tires this morning before I left, and all were at 65. I noted the left rear looked slightly lower, maybe 1 PSI less, but I didn't bother to do anything about it. That wasn't the one that blew though. It was a clear day when it blew (started out damp- had rained overnight), and I had just pulled off at a rest area about five miles prior with all ok.

The trailer mileage about the time it blew was 6325. I limped it to the next exit to change it, because a passing car alerted me that it was flat so I was able to get to the side right away. At that time it just looked flat, but it wasn't shredded/separated, so I limped along at <5 mph on the shoulder to the exit. The tire protected the rim the whole time so it isn't scratched up at all.

This wasn't a tread separation that I can tell, and there are no nails (and no nail holes) that I saw in the tread anywhere.
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Wow, good that the passing car alerted you before the tire shredded at highway speed and damaged the rim and/or your Sunline. Though you were hoping not to replace tires yet, at least that is all you need to replace. Glad you were able to safely get off the road.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:44 AM   #30
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Tire changing 101 will come in handy at times like that.
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Old 06-25-2012, 07:20 AM   #31
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Jon that is what our tire looked like when it blew last year coming home from our last camping trip!

We never new it blew, never "felt" a thing, someone behind us alerted us to it, same as you!
I made (and I do mean MADE) Leo get 4 new tires before we started out this camping season...he was reluctant but when I put my foot down he did listen - which by the way isn't too often!
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Old 07-01-2012, 01:10 AM   #32
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I washed mine tonight, while the sun was lower and it wasn't so hot! lol, I guess I'll see how the quality is once it's daylight! After washing, even though it was getting dark, I went hard on the 303, almost at JohnB levels. I don't usually use it on the car tires, but I wanted to get these trailer tires started out fresh first thing with some 303.
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Old 07-01-2012, 05:22 AM   #33
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I forgot to take pictures but I did take the cover for the front window off, clean the old caulk off and put fresh caulk on and re-install it. I did take the putty knife and smooth the putty instead of leaving it just bulging from under the metal. I think to complete the job I'll paint the exposed edge of the caulk like they do window glazing. Don't know if it'll help but I think it might look better.


Yesterday I bought a vent cover at a yard sale for $5. It is complete with brackets and instructions, like new. Will try to get that installed in a few days.

I'm still trying to remember the 303 but so far not having much luck.
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Ventr cover is installed and I forgot about pictures. All I did was follow directions and everything went just as planned.

One thing I did find wrong was that the bathroom exhaust fan blade was turned backwards. Instead of the blade scooping air it was trying to push air with the backside of the blades. Error corrected, fan runs quieter so I don't think I'll change it for a pancake fan until the fan quits running.

These Florida temps are hitting 90 degrees about 10:30 so we stop about that time and head for the A/C. Hope everyone is staying comfy with this nationwide heatwave.
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I passed two Sunlines today on I-75, both going the opposite way. The first was a '95 2370 and the second was a '80 13.5' RD, pulled by a '40s coupe hot rod. The car was smoking like crazy and left a huge smoke cloud all behind it, so I don't think it got too much further.

Farther down the road, a full size half ton conversion van passed us pulling a Flagstaff pop up. It was likely an original owner, in decent shape, and I'd say was about a 2000-2001 or so. Just as it got passed us, I noticed the left rear stab jack was down about half way, which seemed weird that it hadn't been ripped off at some previous point. Maybe it vibrated down. Then I noticed the left tire was looking a little low. Almost as soon as my brain processed that, the tire blew out while they were only a car length or two ahead of us. A woman was driving the van with what looked like the rest of the family asleep in the van. The whole back half of the van was packed with duffel bags, etc, where it looked to be impossible to see out. She was completely clueless about the tire, but since she was rolling at over 80 mph, no one could catch up to her to alert her. Finally, someone did, but she kept rolling at about 80. I google mapped the point where it blew to the exit that she finally got off on (at full speed, mind you), and she drove on it for a little more than 7 miles. It wasn't the real small and wide style, but it was the narrower, taller style tire, which fully disintegrated within the first half mile of blowing. I wish I had a video of the blow though, because it literally blew apart in the beginning and little pieces of rubber flew all over.
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At those speeds the other people in the van must have been dead.
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We have been having problems with our slide out squeeking very loudly when it is traveling so today this is what I did: Got out the slide lube, a rag, a brush and crawl under the trailer with the slide out. Wiped down the slide rails and sprayed them with the dry lube. Ran the slide in and out a couple times, quiet now!
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Today I:
  • Sprayed for ants...again.
  • Removed the front couch, half of the overhead bunk, old stickers, and the broken rock guard.
  • Cleaned up the windows outside and found the worst leak.
  • Taped over the leak with duct tape until my butyl tape arrives and I can remove the window.
  • Took out the table supports and door sill.
  • Took down the curtains.
  • Emptied the storage compartments.
  • Took pictures of the wiring before removing it from the dining couch supports.
  • Realized I can't remove one critical screw with any of the tools I have and gave up for the day.
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[*] Removed the front couch, half of the overhead bunk, old stickers, and the broken rock guard.
It's a good idea to have a rock guard on there though if you travel with it. What was wrong with it? Can it be repaired?

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[*]Realized I can't remove one critical screw with any of the tools I have and gave up for the day.
My guess is you're describing a #2 Square head screw... Sometimes a phillips will work, but if the screw is tight, it won't.

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The rock guard is very broken, the fiberglass is torn all along the top seam and the aluminum bars across the center are snapped in two - but the outer frame is ok. I think it is fixable and if not, I'll have to find a replacement. But since I need to take the window out to reseal for the leak anyway, I took the guard off today because it was a hazard and it would crash around and take the paint off the camper if you even looked at it funny. And it made it much easier to temporarily tape over the big leak I found.

I have tools that fit the square head screws, but this one was at an awkward angle that I just couldn't get to- and drilled in crooked so it faced away from the interior of the camper. I was hot and tired and just finished with the whole shebang so I'll give it another go tomorrow. I am considering reinstalling everything with less annoying screws though.
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