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Old 04-09-2014, 08:25 AM   #15
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Patch/Reinforcement over door.

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I've got a crack developing at the 1 o'clock position, moving from the door toward the roof. It started at about 4", and I drilled a 1/8" hole in the end of it last year to stop it. Since then, it has continued another 1/2" above the hole.

I've sealed it with clear silicone to prevent any sort of leakage. Any tips on what might be done with this? Your ideas are appreciated!
The door on my 94 Excella 34 has a rather well done patch or reinforcement over the entry door that extends at about a 45 deg. angle upwards at both corners to above the gutter line. I am presuming that this is a result of some cracking like what is mentioned in this thread. I have checked pretty carefully for any other signs of deflection/separation in the front end, and there is none evident, but I may not be looking in the right places.

Any thoughts/tips/advice? I will post a picture as soon as I figure out how to do that.

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Old 04-12-2014, 09:35 AM   #16
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Ahhh...there we go! Note patch above door...
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Old 08-08-2014, 06:43 AM   #17
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Old 08-09-2014, 03:59 PM   #18
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Tom... That should do it! Sure looks like the best fix available to strengthen the area!
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Old 08-09-2014, 04:28 PM   #19
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I have seen that type crack hundreds of times.

The causes?

Excessive rated tow vehicle.

Excessive rated torsion bars.

Lack of proper running gear balance.

Excessive rated trailer tires, with excessive air pressure.

One or more of the above have always been the problem, without exception.

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Old 08-10-2014, 04:54 PM   #20
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Tom, this is exactly what the Doctor ordered for our Excella. I am checking on the Aluminum now.

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Tom, this is exactly what the Doctor ordered for our Excella. I am checking on the Aluminum now.

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When a crack, such as this one appears, the question always becomes "WHY".

If there was a error in the engineering, then that crack would happen many many times.

When a crack does appear that is extreme rare, then one must ask themselves "what caused that to happen".

Of course blaming the manufacturer, is always the easy way to go. But in this case, it's totally incorrect.

Check out all the things I mentioned above, and an answer or two, will surface.

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Old 08-15-2014, 05:34 AM   #22
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Thanks Andy, I am going to follow your advice about adding Rivets between the Awning rail and the belt line. Going to cover the crack first with the Patch.
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Old 08-15-2014, 07:03 AM   #23
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Are the corners above the door sharper on the newer trailers? I don't remember mine being that square. The sharper those corners on the door opening the more stress you will see.

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