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Old 08-23-2012, 02:22 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Someday'59 View Post
I have two favorite "dumbest repairs":

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Also, the latex paint over the Zolatone.
Now what could possibly go wrong there?

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Old 08-23-2012, 06:01 PM   #16
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Yeah, I had both of those too, latex paint and the rusty hasp. AARGH
Looks like you also had duct tape and JB weld too?
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:10 PM   #17
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The PO used the Airstream for a hunting camp, he had camouflage curtains hung from velcro strips that he gorilla glued to the window frame. Removing the rivets underneath was tricky and that velcro's never coming off! I really don't think the deer were that interested in looking in!!
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:55 PM   #18
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Shower Paint Job

Along with half a dozen wiring screw-ups and other things I'm sure I haven't even found yet, here's my shower stall in my Classic Airstream motorhome.
Someone must've thought having a black shower pan would be easier on the eyes (surely easier to ignore when filthy) and went so far as to use garage floor paint (with flecks of course), and then painted the rest of the stall with what looks like a broom with white oil paint.
Oh, bathroom walls (but not all of them) were painted a brown hi gloss, that to this very day, is STILL tacky when touched......
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Old 08-23-2012, 08:53 PM   #19
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The previous, previous owner of our AS broke out the back window with his garage roof overhang. So the previous owner took a piece of plexiglas and screwed it to the outside of the frame, then "sealed" it with black "100 mile an hour tape".... His words not mine, it looked suspiciously just like duct tape. The best part was that he never removed the blue protective film, so when I bought it, I thought it was blue plexiglas, but it ended up being clear. I couldn't bring myself to take any pictures of it.
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Old 08-24-2012, 08:21 AM   #20
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Before getting the trailer I now have, I had a 34-foot diesel pusher Land Yacht, where, AFAIK I was at least the 3rd owner. Some of the kludges I found were:

1 - the cotter pin which is the hinge pin on the Fantastic Fan vent was replaced with a bent nail -- cool??? and FF has a lifetime warranty;

2 - checking the 110-volt outlets, I noticed that they were crosswired - it seems the PO replaced the GFI breaker and crossed the neutral with the ground wires.

3 - PO used Silicone bathroom caulk on the roof seams - that stuff doesn't adhere at all, so in the spring when the snow melted on the roof, water was pouring in.

4 - PO (who was a garage mechanic) knew that in Canada we have to have daytime running lights. So he used a simple wire (known as a fusible link) to connect the headlights to the switched buss. The result was a circularity in the circuit which would allow the engine to continue to run when the key was removed. The fix was to remove the fusible link and to replace it with a headlight relay and daytime running module. Nothing was documented, so the garage charged on a per-hour basis - $2,500.
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Old 08-24-2012, 09:48 AM   #21
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I saw an AS advertised for sale that had been converted to an icefishing hut.
It had a hole cut in the roof for the chimney of the wood stove, and a hole cut in the floor to fish through. I believe both holes were cut with an axe.
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Old 08-27-2012, 08:14 PM   #22
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We have the silicone everywhere, inside and out, rusty hatch on the door times three, camo curtains, linoleum stapled around the edges of the floor, cabinets duct taped shut for so long we had to work forever to get the residue off, holes drilled everywhere to run cords for flourescent lights mounted everywhere. But my favorite would have to be the big hole drilled completely through the fresh water tank in order to put a gas line through it for a heater.
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Old 08-27-2012, 09:56 PM   #23
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Thanks for the entertainment! Fortunately neither of my Airstreams had any appropriate repairs that could be added to those already listed. Oh wait, the roof vents did look like they were caulked by a 5 year old- I guess the PO did not want to get up on the roof.

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Old 08-27-2012, 10:22 PM   #24
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In our case, the PO was Airstream, as it's a 2011, and yes, our roof vents and the like all look like they were caulked by a 5 year old, too!
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:47 PM   #25
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Strangely enough that does make me feel better about my 57 year old trailer even with all its peculiarities.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:33 PM   #26
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Everyone listing or commenting about the work of others should keep in mind that they too will be the subject of ridicule once they pass their AS on.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:10 PM   #27
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Oh gosh, I hope so. What fun is all this work if some one doesnt notice eventually
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Old 09-03-2012, 05:41 PM   #28
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Oh gosh, I hope so. What fun is all this work if some one doesnt notice eventually
Yeah, I can't wait for the next owner to pull the belly pan off of Bertha. Looks like a three year old has welded on new outriggers... Man, if I start welding for a living, I'd lose a ton of weight.

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