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Old 07-25-2008, 08:27 PM   #15
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You guys are great at remote diagnostics! It turns out the switch taps into a solenoid that is under the steps (which are not operating). I can hear the solenoid hum when the switch is hit, but no movement. I believe these are still the vacuum driven steps, as there are a bunch of 1/4" hoses running around under there. I'll do a forum search to see what the standard diagnostic steps are for getting the steps working again.

On a separate note, someone had attacked my bathroom with a paintbrush and some red paint. Literally a hideous, half finished job with drips and runs everywhere. I started to sand and refinish the panels in place, using Krylon Fusion. But I wasn't happy with the results. So I was in the middle of pulling my bathroom apart when I got scared. This is not built to come apart and go back together well. For example, I discovered that the shower pan is held in place by a screw that originates within the wall space for the pocket door. Short of tearing out the bulkhead and the rear twins, there would be no conceivable way to get access to that screw. Is this indicative of what I should come to expect? Should I just grind the screw off? A few tips on these bathroom panels would be appreciated. It seems they aren't very well assembled in the first place.

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Old 07-25-2008, 08:56 PM   #16
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On a separate note, someone had attacked my bathroom with a paintbrush and some red paint. Literally a hideous, half finished job with drips and runs everywhere. I started to sand and refinish the panels in place, using Krylon Fusion. But I wasn't happy with the results. So I was in the middle of pulling my bathroom apart when I got scared. This is not built to come apart and go back together well. For example, I discovered that the shower pan is held in place by a screw that originates within the wall space for the pocket door. Short of tearing out the bulkhead and the rear twins, there would be no conceivable way to get access to that screw. Is this indicative of what I should come to expect? Should I just grind the screw off? A few tips on these bathroom panels would be appreciated. It seems they aren't very well assembled in the first place.

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Dale
They are kind of like a chinese puzzle. Everything by itself is flimsy and rickety, but by the time you get it all together, it forms a very strong unit.
Airstream trailers and motor homes are assembled starting at the rear, and working forward, and you may have to start at the front and work back until you get to the spot you want to work on.
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:57 PM   #17
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The wall you have pictured is not the original finished wall it is only the skin. There was a molded plastic shell which attached to the wall and held the electrical switches and an 110 outlet in the front. Depending on the motor home's options there also might have been controls for the TV antenna, sound system or other things AS decided to place there. On my 280 I removed this plastic shell and replaced it with oak paneling, at the same time I drilled, peeled back and exposed wiring that needed to be replaced and updated within the wall. Underneath my wall looks like yours but no one is going to see it unless they remove the oak paneling, plus all the wiring is now up to date and safe.
As for your bathroom you may not like my answer but here's what you do. Remove the mattress on the bed behind the shower area and cut out a hole in the wall to loosen that screw. You will also need to cut another hole in the wall to access your shower plumbing. Do this before you try and rip out the shower. The holes can be covered, mine are with a cover plate in case I ever need to get in there again, then the mattress covers the cover plate. For paint in the bathroom I used a good quality acrylic/latex and it has held up for many years. I scratched it removing the closet to replace some old plumbing and simply touched it up with no noticeable signs.
This is not a complicated undertaking but make sure you are getting advice from those who actually own the model you have.
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