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Old 03-14-2004, 03:40 PM   #15
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Cherie its not as bad as you might think. We were leaving SugarCreek rally last year and our traveling buddies hit a soft spot and leaned into a building doing similar damage as to what you have described. We got on a ladder and removed the awning right there in the road. The aluminum panels just slide out (they are held in place by a sheetmetal screw) and can be replaced just as easy. Make certain that you get the instructions from ZipDee as there is a lot of tension on the spring that rewinds the awning. Best of luck.
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Old 03-14-2004, 07:32 PM   #16
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If your trailer insurance covers it, take it to Jackson Center and have it fixed right.
Tom and I have always wanted to take the tour at Jackson Center, so we decided to call ahead and schedule a day of maintenance for little things we've wanted to get done, and enjoy the day up there. We have an acrylic door panel that we had made to keep the dogs from pushing on the screen. It lasted about one season before the corners of the panel started chipping away where the screws were, as it was a jerry-rigged deal. We've heard they make a nice door panel for this purpose. So we might as well get that put on at the same time, since we've been able so far to keep the screen in perfect condition. Why test our luck, right?

Assuming we call ahead, does anybody have an opinion as to whether it's possible to get all those items done in one day without having to leave our Bambi there?

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Old 03-14-2004, 07:57 PM   #17
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More than likely`!

Cherie
I've been reading all of the sad things and, we wish you guys the best of "better luck" in the future~!
As far as A/S repair..You're going at , IMHO, the beginning of 'peak time' but...You shouldn't have any problem getting in done in a day's time.
These "guys" are fantastic..
Just enjoy watching em work "crazies" like for you..lmao

Have a great trip~
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Old 03-14-2004, 08:10 PM   #18
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Cherie, you'll just have to talk to the service manager about whether everything can be done in one day. If it can't, they'll pull it out to the Terra Port for you to stay in overnight.
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Old 03-15-2004, 06:39 AM   #19
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I know exactly how you feel. I came out to my storage facility to find my '02 Safari with a puncture in the curbside and 4 dings of the same type that did not go thru the skin on the street side. I was sick. My insurance would pay for the repairs, but I would have a 500 mi trip to Jackson Center to get it done. What the hay, I just traded it in on my 2004 XL 396. That sure took the presure off.
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Old 03-15-2004, 09:42 AM   #20
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Assuming we call ahead, does anybody have an opinion as to whether it's possible to get all those items done in one day without having to leave our Bambi there?

Cherie
I would definitely call ahead and make sure they undestand everything you want done. Make an appointment and depending on how much you need done and how difficult any of it is, you may be able to get in and out in one day.

They should be able to tell you this up front if you tell them every thing ahead of time.
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Old 03-15-2004, 11:23 AM   #21
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We have an acrylic door panel that we had made to keep the dogs from pushing on the screen. It lasted about one season before the corners of the panel started chipping away where the screws were, as it was a jerry-rigged deal. We've heard they make a nice door panel for this purpose. So we might as well get that put on at the same time, since we've been able so far to keep the screen in perfect condition.
Hi Cherie,

I'll be interested in seeing a pic of that when you get it back. I didn't know they made something like that, but it sounds like a good idea. On one trip last year we were stopped in a church parking lot, cooking lunch in the trailer, when some wandering dogs came by and spotted our dogs inside the trailer, and a little rukus ensued at the screen door. Luckily they ran off as soon as we yelled at them, but the screen could have easily been torn out. I would have felt better with a sheet of acrylic between them!
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I would have felt better with a sheet of acrylic between them!
This type of feature, as installed, could be used to serve as a barrier to keep the chill of the day out, while at the same time, permitting a view of the outside. Acrylic sheets would have to be cut to form fit both the top and bottom of the screened in area.
You can take your templates and/or measurement to Home Depot and have it cut.
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Old 03-15-2004, 12:25 PM   #23
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Although this is no real consolation, on our way home from the dealer with our new '04 A/S a rock hit the front of the unit 1" above the rock guard, not very noticable but !! Then, while putting the Safari away for the 1st time there 'was' (heavy on the WAS) a tree branch in our alley that marked/scratched about 10' of the curb side. We paid to have the mark/scratch buffed out and now you can call me an 'arborist' ! Anyone need any trees trimmed ??!!

BTW: We plan to have some warranty done at Jackson Ctr. & they said if it takes more than a day they have hook-ups at the factory (n/c) while they are working on your trailer.
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Old 03-15-2004, 12:51 PM   #24
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I used .090" plexiglass from Lowes and made a template for the screen door. Two pieces one for the top and another for the bottom. They attach from the outside. I couldn't find any readymade clips to hold them in place so I got some alluminum threshold made for vynial floors and cut it into 1/2" wide strips drilled a hole for a sheetmetal screw and used this to hold the plexiglass in place. I wish I could say that this was an original idea of mine but I copied it from one of our members. When the weather breaks I will take some photos if anyone is interested. If I were to do the project again I would make the Plexiglass a little heavier. It comes in handy on cool days with a lot of sunlight and hot days where you still want some light coming in. Installation and removal is about 5 minutes, and I store mine behind the couch.
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Old 03-15-2004, 01:39 PM   #25
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Rather than plexiglass for a project like this use something like Lexan. Plexiglass loves to crack when any stress is placed on it, say like when drilling or sawing it, or maybe bending it. Lexan stuff is almost impossible to crack, but drills and saws and bends easily. Real tough stuff. It is a slightly more susceptible to scratches though.
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Old 03-15-2004, 07:20 PM   #26
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Elliott I agree, I guess its just my age anything that goes in windows and you can see through that isn't glass is plexiglass. Lexan is a little more expensive but a far better material, maybe even a little smoked tint would be nice.
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Old 03-17-2004, 10:57 PM   #27
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Screen door protection

Sorry - no pics available right now - but I used (on the lower inside of the screen door) 1/2" mesh dark green vinyl coated wire - any Home Depot/Lowes has it, 3/4"x 1/2" aluminum angle for the sides, 3/4" aluminum strips for the top and bottom and aluminum sheet metal screws for a frame - looks very nice, works very good and lets the air through. Should last a long time & if necessary, wire can be replaced or everything can be removed.

An unforseen plus it that it even reinforces the screen against presssure from the outside too.

My concern was not so much having the dog mess up the easily replaced screen - but going through it and getting lost in a park.
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