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Old 07-26-2013, 08:02 PM   #29
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... for Solid Comfort:
1. The blackwater tank monitor shows 'full' but tank is half empty, indicating a gummed-up sensor. Can someone tell me where in the tank the sensor probes are located so that I can attempt to aim a jet of water at it?

2. Rainwater leak; I'm guessing that it is leaking through the "belly band" rub rail ..... suggested fixes? Continuous bead of epoxy along the top of the rail?

Any and all advice or shared wisdom is greatly appreciated!

wry
1. A good way to clean the sensor is to have about 5 gallons of water in the tank then add 10lbs of ice cubes and drive around for a while.

2. As said the leak could be higher then the rub rail, if it is the rail it is a good idea to remove it and seal underneath, most important place is across the back where the plate for the bumper compartment funnels water directly to the plywood floor.
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Old 07-26-2013, 08:07 PM   #30
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... that ASHQ looks at this forum, but owners of newer models might be able to chime-in if any of the issues noted in earlier model years have been addressed in newer units.

3. I'm attaching a photo of one of the roof vents with an epic caulk job, which is representative of all the roof penetrations. Is this normal, or does this likely represent a PO's efforts to stem roof leaks? Do Fantastic Fans (or equiv.) have a larger footprint which would cover this ... um ... ogliness?

Thanks for taking the time to respond to my newbie questions,

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3. For a certain kind of caulk (I forget which kind) that is the "normal" and/or "correct" way to apply it.
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Old 07-28-2013, 10:44 PM   #31
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Progress ...

Howdy, All;

Seems I successfully cleansed the blackwater tank sensor on Solid Comfort with the 3/8" directional wand -- note to self: attach flashlight to wrist with lanyard in case it slips ... anyway, sensor seems responsive to tank levels. I filled and flushed repeatedly just to try the scrunge removal.

I began modifying the 100W PV panel to hang over the front window in lieu of the plexiglas window protector. The top-mount piano hinge is offset outward to accommodate the slope of the front above the belly band, as well as to permit the panel to swing upward somewhat beyond the perpendicular should we find the sun aft.

The hinge is bolted at the panel extender to permit mounting the angle bracket above the window over the existing skin penetrations before attaching the panel.

The panel will prop-up with telescopic poles until I find hydraulic rams to suit.
I'll probably surface-mount the conductors in a conduit for the time being before tackling the permanent wire routing. The PO mounted the battery in a box on the frame behind the LP tanks.

Pictures of the PV panel upper frame extension and hinging set-up.

I welcome feedback,

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Old 07-30-2013, 12:39 PM   #32
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Possible addition to Solar panel setup

Really nice looking idea for mounting the solar panel. Minor thought--with the panel in the front like that, it is a bit vulnerable to rock damage while towing?. Maybe an additional cover to prevent that.

Another thought on hydraulic rams to lift the panel. Do a Google search for electrical positioners. A quick look got me to Screw Jacks, Linear Actuators and Electric Cylinders by Joyce --there are many others.

I have seen electrically operated screw-drive rams that come in various sizes, both length and lift force, and can be remotely controlled. They have limit switches to keep from bending things at the end of travel and would be a nice way to tilt the panel--just tune for maximum output from inside the Airstream...

Heh, I'm not going to ask how you concluded a flashlight lanyard was a good idea.....but I'm going to learn from your experience...(grin)
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:27 PM   #33
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Can anyone save me from some potential trouble?

Greetings, Fellow Air Stream Snobs,

I'm hoping someone will be able to tell me that the screws that fasten the main door hinges do not have nuts behind them, or if they do that the nuts are captive.

I have a loose hinge, and I don't want to remove the phillips-head screw if there is a nut behind that may fall.

In other words, will this hinge repair necessitate the removal of the inner skin?

Thanks for the help,

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Old 07-31-2013, 07:23 PM   #34
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Unfortunately there are nuts on the back that will fall if you can get the screws out of them. Some just cut a small hole in the inner skin then put in a patch.
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Old 08-01-2013, 05:58 PM   #35
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Special thanks ...

... to you good folks that have responded to my ceaseless queries. Next:

Depending upon the depth of the machine screw installed to hold the door hinge to the frame, it appears as though it would be possible -- and perhaps preferred -- to drill through the side of the door-jamb itself, horizontally from the screw holes, in order to provide back-up for the nut within the wall that I've been told will fall into the void if the machine screw is removed.

Drilling the appropriately-sized hole to receive a pre-manufactured blind plug after the hardware remediation would seem a happier solution to accessing these fasteners than removing the headache pad and inside trim and then drilling through the inner skin.

so ..... how long are the door hinge machine screws?

Thanks again to all the fascinating contributions to this incredibly comprehensive forum!

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Old 08-01-2013, 08:04 PM   #36
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I don't remember how long they are. It is possible to get to the nut through the door jam but, I don't think you will be able to do much with a round hole, you would probably need to put in slots.
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Door hinges.

Greetings.

I tackled the door hinge problem with quite satisfactory results, and I did not have to tear-up the interior door trim and wall finish.
1. Drill 1-3/8" holes through side of door jamb at upper hinge lateral screw
locs.
2. Remove top -- uppermost -- 1/4"-20 x 1-1/2" long machine screw.
(This fastener was missing the internal nut and was threaded only
into the aluminum door frame and RO stud.)
3. Replace machine screw with 2" long SS screw.
4. Connect with steel bushing (spacer), SS washer, SS lock washer, SS nut.
(Note to self: shove FG insulation down into channel to catch dropped
hdwe.)
(Note to self: stuff additional stuff into channel because there wasn't
enough, and you dropped a 1/4"-20 SS nut down into the cavity,
and it is now lost forever, you turrible knucklehead...)
5. Snug new hdwe.
6. Gently coerce hinge back into vertical alignment with a hammer and a
woodblock.
7. Repeat steps 3-5 with lower screw. This had a standard zinc nut, rusted.
(Note foto -- the lower access hole I drilled slightly closer to the
exterior of the jamb. This put me right at the inner frame surface.)
8. Torque new hdwe mightily.
(Note foto: had to use 2-1/2" SS m. screws cuz store was out 2".
7/16" wrench fits within access hole; tiny tightening increments.
No distortion noted @ exterior frame or skin.)
9. Mask alu door jamb and fill void with expandable foam to reduce potential
hdwe loosening.
10. Whittle hardened foam to allow insertion of 1-3/8" pre-manufactured grey
plastic flush plug. Adhere with silicone caulk.
11. Repeat process for lower hinge.

Some fotos attached,

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Old 08-04-2013, 10:48 AM   #38
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Additional note: these caps do not impact the screen door hinges at all.
Check door reveals and function before final tightening of hdwe.
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Solar

Cool beans -- I got the PV panel hinge-mount attached to the front of Solid Comfort this afternoon. I riveted a heavy-gauge aluminum angle to the AS above the front window, utilizing the existing penetrations from the original plexiglas awning/shield -- which had simply been sheet metal screwed to the skin. I had a nice alu piano hinge from some forgotten boat project which is riveted to the panel and bolted to the mounting angle. I still need to beauty-frame the panel to stand it off the front of Solid Comfort, and I'll attach some hydraulic arms at some point ... and fabricate some kind of travel cover.

Always nice to make headway,

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Notes on QC

Meh.

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Smile Nice!

Looks really slick and nice. I'm going to steal the basic idea--the cool bit is that this not only gets solar power, but gets you an awning as well.

Very nice work!

Have you looked into the electric screw jacks as a possible way to position the 'solar awning'?
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Hi, I thought of doing that exact thing with my trailer; I was going to see if I could install a solar panel under my rock guard. My rock guard got a spider crack in it during my Alaska trip. I would be concerned about that happening to the solar panel too. I installed gas struts/shocks to hold my rock guard open; Much nicer that the factory mechanism.
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