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Old 06-26-2013, 06:20 AM   #15
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I have a whole list, problem is I don't know WHICH PO did them...

Front gaucho had been converted to a permanent bed using pieces of shipping pallets, 2x4's and "L" brackets. About 40 tubes of silicone had been used on the exterior (still cleaning that off!)

But for what I paid and what I expected to do to it... oh well.

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Old 06-26-2013, 06:25 AM   #16
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...I could write a book... Plumbing connected to LP lines, 120v neutral wires connected directly to the frame of the trailer, a 45 gallon fresh water tank filled with RV antifreeze, hot water line going to the toilet...

There have even been some things I've done, as emergency repairs, that never got unrepaired because they continued working without problems. Y'all might even see those things in this thread, as some of them were on Airstreams we no longer own.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:28 AM   #17
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Thumbs up Time to sell....

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Old 06-26-2013, 06:53 AM   #18
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Amusing thread.

The PO of my rig used duct tape to "repair" any leaks, silicone if that didn't work, and duct tape OVER silicone for the really stubborn areas. Half the windows were sealed this way. Nothing new seals from VTS and some elbow grease couldn't fix.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:23 AM   #19
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Amusing thread.

The PO of my rig used duct tape to "repair" any leaks, silicone if that didn't work, and duct tape OVER silicone for the really stubborn areas. Half the windows were sealed this way. Nothing new seals from VTS and some elbow grease couldn't fix.
LOL...well if at first you don't succeed, try, try again and apparently they did!
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:52 AM   #20
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Bought used 2007 Safari 25ft SE FB from a dealer. There was a stain in the linoleum under the dinette. He said he didn't know what the PO had done to cause the stain. This was in August 2012. Guess they hadn't run in to that issue....yeah right. Fortunately the water damage didn't require sub floor replacement.

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:10 AM   #21
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This has really caught on - great! I like the duct tape over silicone fix - that's gotta work right?
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:22 AM   #22
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This has really caught on - great! I like the duct tape over silicone fix - that's gotta work right?
Well, it worked for the Titanic. Oh, wait...
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:08 PM   #23
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The three "outstanding" features on my Argosy when purchased:
1. The original carpet from'79 apparently never ever cleaned, disgusting,
Tore it out on the way home from TX
2. Original upholstery. Again, never cleaned. Covered with sheet after
Spraying with a cleaner from Walmart, on the way home.
3. Of course it smelled but I didn't realize until I got home and began
Cleaning in earnest that the entire interior was covered with a film of
Mold . Some bleach and water and its now quite bright with the ,
Original vinyl wall covering.
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Old 07-27-2013, 11:02 PM   #24
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Couldn't resist adding a couple from a long list of curious finds on my trailer.

Inspecting the gas lines, I found a new leak detection method:
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Old 07-28-2013, 07:40 AM   #25
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I think my PO (or his even dumber son) tried to sandblast our rig at some point, but gave up. It became all too evident once I started polishing. Just ordered a second half-pound of F9 from VTS.

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Old 09-26-2014, 12:13 AM   #26
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I can relate to so many things reading this post!! My number one enemy has been the multi-levels of silicone to "fix" leaks. Judging by the floor rot that didn't work out so well. And the lovely two-toned brown 70's accent colors striped around and on the AC...
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Old 09-27-2014, 12:28 PM   #27
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PO of my '66 Ambassador was really honest.

But I CAN'T say the same thing about the guy who sold me a '77 Avion. "She will polish up to a mirror shine!" When I tried to explain to him about the anodized exterior, he just kept fast-talking right over me with "Avions never leak." (The tarp on the ground next to the Avion should have been my first clue, but - no - I was new to this:-)

After the first rain (you guessed it) there was water inside. I climbed up on the roof and found PO has pour tar all over the roof (I mean ALL over it) to stop the leaks. It was hot tar, too, because it melted one of the roof vent covers. (The ones you can only buy directly from Cayo and have ground shipped to Texas for about $400).

After 20+ hours of trying to chip off the old tar, I gave up. Funny thing is I listed it on Craigslist with full disclosure, photos of the roof, everything. I got every penny back and then some. Then I found my beautiful, original '66 Ambassador.

Honesty pays.
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Old 09-27-2014, 04:24 PM   #28
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Back in 2005 I bought a 1994 LY diesel pusher. The PO, who was a licensed mechanic & had owned his own garage and was certified by the Ontario Government to do vehicle inspections (which for the motorhome he did elsewhere):

Item (1), he had run a bead of silicone on the roof seams. They looked OK, and I didn't know better. When the roof leaked I couldn't figure out why and went to an RV dealer. He had me get on the roof with him and showed me that by putting a fingernail under the silicone sealant he was able to simple lift it all off in one strip.

Item (2) The Canadian Transportation Dep't requires daytime running lights, so the PO simply wired a "fusible link", namely a piece of wire from the switched side of the buss to the headlights. Naturally the amperage drawn exceeded the rating of the main relay that activates the buss. Once started, if I left the headlights switch on, I could switch off the ignition and it would still drive. When the relay finally packed out, it was while I was on the express lanes on the elevated 401 going through Toronto.

Item (3). Checking the polarity of the 110-volt sockets showed that some of them were wired incorrectly. Finally, I looked at the main panel and found that the brilliant PO had changed the GFI breaker and crossed the ground with the neutral.

In addition, there was very little real maintenance done, so major breakdowns were a way of life. I finally sold it in 2011 and got the AS and TV I now have and never looked back.
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