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Old 08-22-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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What is the dumbest repair(s) the PO made to your trailer?

I was fixing plumbing leaks tonight and turned the water on for the first time since the winter. I turned the pump on and it started to catch up and I could hear air rushing in the bathroom. I felt around and found a cracked fitting on the shower valve. I thought well maybe I did not get all the water out of that valve since it is frozen shut. Well I started taking things apart and found that the PO had taped a chain around the water lines so to force the crack closed. I guess he thought that was a permanant repair.

My next project will be removing the water heater and fixing all the hose clamped connections that were made at the dealership who installed the water heater.

I am also wondering why the PO butchered the last foot of the fresh water holding tank pan. It had a hole in it already big enough to get to all the plumbing and the tank drain plug.

All the leaks are stopped for now. Knock on wood.

So who else has some idiot PO stories. I am sure there are some good ones.

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Old 08-22-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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My trailer has enough caulk in/on it to fill the grand canyon.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:52 PM   #3
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The rub rail on my trailer ( and maybe all AS) has a gap behind the rub rail, along the lower edge of the rub rail. The PO completely filled this area, all the way around the trailer, with clear silicone caulk. What a job it was cleaning all of the silicone out of the rub rail.
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Old 08-22-2012, 07:16 PM   #4
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How about a 3" hole torched through a 4" frame without reinforcing?
I am still amazed that there was no sag.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:22 PM   #5
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Sacrilege

For a while I had the honor of owning a AS that went on the "Around the World" caravan with Wally. The PO decided to seal the seams with tar. It is now being restored by the current owner.
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:33 PM   #6
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Mine replaced the subfloor then left it out in the weather to get ruined before putting the shell back on.
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:14 PM   #7
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Perry,

You got my curiosity up. You wouldn't by chance have pictures of that chain around the pipes, would you? Sounds "creative".
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Old 08-23-2012, 11:17 AM   #8
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No I was too much in a hurry to take photos. We are trying to get it ready to go camping this weekend for a shakedown cruise. I still have the chain.

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Old 08-23-2012, 12:16 PM   #9
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When i bought my 54 Safari it had a large heavy aluminum plate on the bathroom floor. When the plate was removed a previous patch for a hole in the floor was uncovered. It was CONCRETE
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:39 PM   #10
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Not really a repair, but I bet I had 300 hooks installed in this thing when we purchased it. They had stick on and screw in hooks EVERYWHERE. I totally realize the need for additional hooks from what the factory puts in, but seriously.... there were hooks where there wasnt even room to hang anything.
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Old 08-23-2012, 01:59 PM   #11
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Cutting off the bottom of every interior wall and cabinet with a sawzall so they could shove hardwood flooring underneath? Of course all ragged cuts on an angle?
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:10 PM   #12
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When i bought my 54 Safari it had a large heavy aluminum plate on the bathroom floor. When the plate was removed a previous patch for a hole in the floor was uncovered. It was CONCRETE
Concrete! Wow!
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:16 PM   #13
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I have two favorite "dumbest repairs":

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Also, the latex paint over the Zolatone.
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Old 08-23-2012, 02:38 PM   #14
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Black tar caulk and duct tape?
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