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Old 10-17-2007, 08:37 AM   #1
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Rear Bumper Tool Storage

How water tight should this be, mine only has the metal lid that screws to the bumper. Is there a seal that should be around it. I have a wood piece that is up against the coach inside that is wet and slowly rotting. Should I paint it and seal with weather strip to keep as much water out as possible. What have others done in this area. Water that does get in can drain out but not before this wood gets very wet.
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Old 10-17-2007, 09:42 AM   #2
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Remember Reaganomics and the "Trickle Down' effect? Okay - maybe not the best metaphor but that is the theory to work with on rear shell areas. I have to add that a few photos up of what it is you're describing works better that a thousand words too...

After sealing all the seams, all the rivets from the roof on down, checking the window and utility hatch seals for seeps, checking the taillights for possible intrusion, ensuring the lower band trim is well caulked with Vulkem - face the storage area and ask in a civil tongue for it to submit to being sealed. When its laughter subsides know you are dealing with the dumb end of an old trailer that has a wicked sense of humor.

My '73 is still torn apart - been looking at the hose storage area for 9 months and still don't have the first clue as to how to assemble it differently to keep it functional and waterproof; I mean really water tight so zero rear side water gets into belly area...
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:54 PM   #3
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Okay here is a side view and inside where the wood is getting wet, what does everyone do to make this area less leak intrusive. Should there be some sort of weatherstrip around door.
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No seal needed. It's total loss water system - leaks in - runs out the bottom someplace. Usually this is used for hoses, and/or other hook up related items that can get wet.
That piece of wood has no business in there. Use it to start your next campfire.
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Old 10-17-2007, 06:50 PM   #5
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That piece of wood has no business in there. Use it to start your next campfire.
Yep, that wood was added by a previous owner. Is it serving a function? If it is figure out what and fix it, If not get rid of it.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:55 PM   #6
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Your right, the PO added to hold the rear bumper belly pan and used screws. I will remove and use the belly pan rivits or replace and seal where needed. Thanks a lot. I assumed it was built that way.
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The bumper storage on our Bambi is the same way...no seal around it and everything in it gets wet when it rains or when we wash it. It annoys me...there's no reason it can't be more water tight...so I am going to tackle that one of these days with weather stripping, seals, etc. I'd like to keep it dry because we carry our shore line cord, leveling blocks, awning rod and stabilizer crank there for easy access when we set up camp... (nothing with any real weight)...and I'd like to keep the stuff dry! I'll post my solutions and methods.

(If you are storing your sewer hoses there, however, you may not want it to be air tight...(we have one of those sewer hose holder tube thingies attached to the underside on the street side...best place for the sewer hose, IMHO.)

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Don't make anything sealed below the lid, avoid temptation to use caulk to better glue things in place. Do keep the plate the trunks piano hinge is tied into sealed religiously where it intersects the shell, the trim band and the trim rivets too. There is a good amount of iron angle plate clamping onto the floor board between the frame rails that holds the shell down that has aluminum contact - any moisture there from leaks or plumbing is bad news.
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