Has anyone thought of placing access panels in strategic places in the belly pan? I would like to have access to the under floor area and frame for installing new wires , etc. I was thinking maybe something with stainless steel Dzus fasteners. Any ideas?
My dealer (Bill Thomas in St. Louis), installed access panels beneath the black & gray dump valves, to provide easy access to the sensors, (which unfortunately, go bad quite frequently), at a reasonable price. (Just FYI, the fresh tank sensor in the 25FB is accessed from inside the trailer).
I think another nice place to have one would be under the refrigerator. Every few years you could unbolt the burner and clean it out then reattach (with never-seize and stainless bolts) without pulling the unit out of the interior...
I needed to get to the dump valve on our Caravel. I found that a PO had needed to get to that area and had installed two removable panels, and had updated the dump valve. They were held in with pop rivets, but a 1/8" bit made short work of them and I was in to make the needed repair.
Sometimes we get lucky.
Thank you PO.
We spent an entire day inspecting our prospective CCD 25 before turning over the correction list to the selling dealer. Somehow it completely escaped us, in our newbie condition, to spend as much time looking under the belly pan and at the back of the wheels.
What would we have found? Broken wire to an electric brake? Poorly attached lines on the belly pan? How about the approx 18" X 18" access panel under the toilet? I haven't needed to open it and only guess maybe they must have been looking for something they lost there. Or repairing a frozen line?
I found it two years later when I happened to look up after repairing a wire to the streetside rear wheel brake.
Anyway, anywhere I need an access panel I'll rivet a flat aluminum piece with 2" lap and butyl or other sealing tape between. Hopefully I can do my repair well enough I won't plan to go back in again.