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Old 09-29-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Prep Work vs Finish Work

I've thought long and hard about the fan replacement I just did on my trailer. The conclusion I reached? I'm THE person you want when it comes to prep work.

Want someone to crawl on top of your trailer and scrape off thirty years worth of silver asphalt paint? Not a problem

Need a rotted floor removed? I'm there!

Next steps? Not a clue. But, I'm learning.

The problem I ran into with the fan was that I didn't know how to screw it in properly. Such a simple thing to cause such big problems. Sure sealant is important. Don't get me wrong. But, if the screw doesn't draw the metal of the roof up to the base of the fan as you are putting the screw in and you don't intuitively know to back the screw out a little and drive it back in again - well, then you have problems. Then, once you do get that knowledge - do you know that you then need to go around and re-tighten all the screws because the tension has changed everywhere.

All of my life I have been the gopher. The helper. I've watched. I've observed...but, there is no better teacher than experience. In the past few months I've learned so much and attempted to retain as much as possible.

I could begin another thread on top of this one....functionality vs beauty (as the rains start to fall).:smile:

The fan installation will need to be revisited as it leaks like a sieve. I'm 0-1 and still in the running....

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Old 09-29-2013, 03:58 PM   #2
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I wish you well!!! We are about to gut the Spartan and try to redo it. Not restore, but redo. We restored an older car and did tons of work on our first Airstream. This Spartan is scary.
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Old 09-29-2013, 07:47 PM   #3
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What type of fan did you install?
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Old 09-29-2013, 09:21 PM   #4
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It's just a basic three-speed 12v fantastic fan.
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Old 09-30-2013, 07:31 AM   #5
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It's just a basic three-speed 12v fantastic fan.
The reason I asked what "type of fan" is that, I just installed two Fantastic Fans, they come with wood screws. I went to Home Depot to get stainless sheet metal screws to install mine and have had two major rain events in the past two days with no leaks.

The wood screws will not hold in the aluminum skin.

Hope this helps.
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I'm about to do a vent-ectomy on our Shasta. I will document and gladly share, but I agree that there's no substitute for experience. Besides, doing is always more fun than watching.

Everybody asks me how I learned to work on cars. I bought a car that didn't run and fixed it! At least on a car you can typically learn how to do it on the first wheel/side, then repeat much faster on the other side.
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