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Old 02-11-2013, 10:16 PM   #953
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I have the floor all prepped and the new plywood cut and ready to go in. Two of the seat belt bolts were rusted. I ended up cutting them part way through with my multi-tool and then using an impact wrench to break the bolts. Its a really fun job when it requires two people and there is just me!
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Old 02-11-2013, 10:37 PM   #954
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This makes me want to start checking my fresh water filler as well. Figuring after 24 years maybe it's time???
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I would bet it is cracked and leaking. This is what did all the floor damage under my couch and water tank.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:12 AM   #955
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This makes me want to start checking my fresh water filler as well. Figuring after 24 years maybe it's time???
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Derek,

Your water fill door is a different model than Dean's. Doesn't mean you won't have problems but don't expect to see the same configuration as Dean's.

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Old 02-12-2013, 08:17 AM   #956
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I have the floor all prepped and the new plywood cut and ready to go in. Two of the seat belt bolts were rusted. I ended up cutting them part way through with my multi-tool and then using an impact wrench to break the bolts. Its a really fun job when it requires two people and there is just me!
Dean,

I was able to use vice-grips on the top side of the seat bolts with a wrench or socket on the lower side.

I didn't realize the multi-tool could cut steel bolts. I'll have to try cutting one sometime.

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Old 02-12-2013, 12:22 PM   #957
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The exact replacement fresh water tank (same as original from original supplier) from Inca Plastics is $295 delivered. I was expecting a lot more. I'm seriously considering replacing that original 30 year old tank.
My 66 Tradewind tank was made from plastic (poly something). I tried repairing it with epoxy and then it leaked again and I had to clean up another mess (wet carpeting). I ended up replacing it and now I carry the spare tank in the bed of my truck for camping while boondocking.

Bite the bullet and buy a new tank (my recommendation based on experiance).

I have followed and admire all the work you are doing on your dad's toy.

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My 66 Tradewind tank was made from plastic (poly something). I tried repairing it with epoxy and then it leaked again and I had to clean up another mess (wet carpeting). I ended up replacing it and now I carry the spare tank in the bed of my truck for camping while boondocking.

Bite the bullet and buy a new tank (my recommendation based on experiance).

I have followed and admire all the work you are doing on your dad's toy.

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I gotta agree, better to do it right the first time. Plus, you are spending all this time and $$ why not do it right and make it last another 25 years.

That is the mentality that I am doing mine with. Granted I probably will just have a motorized tent when I am done since it will have been so long I won't have any idea where things went!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #959
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Derek,

Your water fill door is a different model than Dean's. Doesn't mean you won't have problems but don't expect to see the same configuration as Dean's.

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Post a pic of the water hatch for the 345. I'd like to see what it looks like. Thanks.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:14 PM   #960
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My 66 Tradewind tank was made from plastic (poly something). I tried repairing it with epoxy and then it leaked again and I had to clean up another mess (wet carpeting). I ended up replacing it and now I carry the spare tank in the bed of my truck for camping while boondocking.

Bite the bullet and buy a new tank (my recommendation based on experiance).

I have followed and admire all the work you are doing on your dad's toy.

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Dan, thank you so much for the nice comment.

I have decided to order a new fresh water tank!
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:17 PM   #961
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I gotta agree, better to do it right the first time. Plus, you are spending all this time and $$ why not do it right and make it last another 25 years.

That is the mentality that I am doing mine with. Granted I probably will just have a motorized tent when I am done since it will have been so long I won't have any idea where things went!
I agree too! But, lets change the two $ signs to three $ signs! LOL
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:25 PM   #962
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Oh the smell of fresh plywood is much better then the smell of 30 year old rotted plywood!

I got the new floor under the couch/water tank installed today. My best friend for the day was a sledge hammer and a large block of wood. I also reinstalled the couch frame. I replaced the plywood skirt on the bottom front of the frame. The frame rested on this skirt and after 30 years, it was not holding up any longer. I added two aluminum legs on the inside front of the frame to take the weight.

I also epoxied the heck out of the fresh water filler today and will do more tomorrow.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:34 PM   #963
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Here are a couple other things I recently have done.

I lined the back walls of both bedroom closets with cedar and put wire loom around the TV cables. I also put new carpet in the closets.

I also made a small pan for the water pump to sit in under the kitchen cabinet. One thing I seem to always be dealing with are leaks in the water pump fittings.
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No way to get inside view this late. This is what I have.
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Old 02-12-2013, 08:49 PM   #965
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Post a pic of the water hatch for the 345. I'd like to see what it looks like. Thanks.
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