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Old 07-30-2018, 08:17 PM   #1
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Mirror, mirror off the wall . . .

In February this year my outgoing girlfriend and I purchased a like new 2016 30 Classic. Since then we have put a few thousand good time miles on it. Regardless of what you are about to read, we greatly enjoy our AS mostly because we understand from having previous rv's that these things have problems, AS or SOB. It's the nature of the beast. May sound kind of odd but for me repairing these problems is kind of a bonding thing. Maybe similar to the way a fighter pilot would personalize his aircraft by giving it a name and painting a pretty girl on the side. This, and it's gives me a chance to do something better than it was done before, as well as, continuing to learn about the machine as a whole and it's systems in part.



Having returned from our longest trip to date, our AS has been resting in it's covered storage for the past 3-4 weeks. Last week my girlfriend went inside to check on things as we do. She was startled and surprised to find the large wall mounted bathroom mirror lying shattered on the floor as well as a moderate gouge in the cabinet door apparently from a glass edge strike as the mirror made its death arc from it's inadequately affixed position on the wall to the lowest point on the floor (see pic, don't know why it's sideways).



Hmmm. Lets see... the mirror didn't fall on our, at times, bumpy trip?? The AS hasn't moved in weeks. We live in Southern California where it gets HOT. I'm thinking the adhesive on the double back tape used to mount the mirror softened from the heat. If ours did this it can't be the only one so, I called JC to see if there is a factory recommended "fix" for installing the new mirror. It was suggested to use "strong" double back tape and install adequately positioned mirror clips around the circumference that screw into the wall like you would see in a house.


The reason for this post is two fold, 1) to advise others so maybe they can avoid this situation, and, 2) to ask if anyone has found a better way to mount the mirror? We like the clean, "no clip" look but don't want to use liquid nails either.



By the way, the under counter mounted kitchen sink fell off too, right after we got the AS. The brackets were over tightened and bent which probably had something to do with this. I straightened the brackets, gently remounted and re-adhered the sink. So far so good.



Thanks for any help,


C
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In February this year my outgoing girlfriend and I purchased a like new 2016 30 Classic. Since then we have put a few thousand good time miles on it. Regardless of what you are about to read, we greatly enjoy our AS mostly because we understand from having previous rv's that these things have problems, AS or SOB. It's the nature of the beast. May sound kind of odd but for me repairing these problems is kind of a bonding thing. Maybe similar to the way a fighter pilot would personalize his aircraft by giving it a name and painting a pretty girl on the side. This, and it's gives me a chance to do something better than it was done before, as well as, continuing to learn about the machine as a whole and it's systems in part.



Having returned from our longest trip to date, our AS has been resting in it's covered storage for the past 3-4 weeks. Last week my girlfriend went inside to check on things as we do. She was startled and surprised to find the large wall mounted bathroom mirror lying shattered on the floor as well as a moderate gouge in the cabinet door apparently from a glass edge strike as the mirror made its death arc from it's inadequately affixed position on the wall to the lowest point on the floor (see pic, don't know why it's sideways).



Hmmm. Lets see... the mirror didn't fall on our, at times, bumpy trip?? The AS hasn't moved in weeks. We live in Southern California where it gets HOT. I'm thinking the adhesive on the double back tape used to mount the mirror softened from the heat. If ours did this it can't be the only one so, I called JC to see if there is a factory recommended "fix" for installing the new mirror. It was suggested to use "strong" double back tape and install adequately positioned mirror clips around the circumference that screw into the wall like you would see in a house.


The reason for this post is two fold, 1) to advise others so maybe they can avoid this situation, and, 2) to ask if anyone has found a better way to mount the mirror? We like the clean, "no clip" look but don't want to use liquid nails either.



By the way, the under counter mounted kitchen sink fell off too, right after we got the AS. The brackets were over tightened and bent which probably had something to do with this. I straightened the brackets, gently remounted and re-adhered the sink. So far so good.



Thanks for any help,


C


Wow! Did you ever figure out how to keep your mirrors on the wall? We had our mirror fall off our bathroom door after traveling to an opal mine in the desert on a washboard road. We think the screws stripped out of the hollow wood door. Any advice?
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Wow! Did you ever figure out how to keep your mirrors on the wall? We had our mirror fall off our bathroom door after traveling to an opal mine in the desert on a washboard road. We think the screws stripped out of the hollow wood door. Any advice?
Steve

Steve, just saw your post... The replacement mirror has been upgraded. We were able to get it replaced under warranty. It sells for about $100 if you are out of warranty. The new one comes with three holes in it so the mirror can be screwed to the wall. I found some "strong" double-back tape that I used as well as the screws. We haven't had any problem with the bathroom door mirror so I can't offer much help there. Since you mention it, I'll keep an eye on it.



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Steve, just saw your post... The replacement mirror has been upgraded. We were able to get it replaced under warranty. It sells for about $100 if you are out of warranty. The new one comes with three holes in it so the mirror can be screwed to the wall. I found some "strong" double-back tape that I used as well as the screws. We haven't had any problem with the bathroom door mirror so I can't offer much help there. Since you mention it, I'll keep an eye on it.



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Thanks Chris for getting back to me. We have a 2006 25í FB Safari we bought about a year ago and the mirror that fell was a fairly heavy full length mirror that we installed ourselves on the outside of the bathroom door. My 4í10 wife cannot see herself well in the mirror above the sink and wanted a full length mirror which did work well when the bathroom door was open (looking at yourself from the kitchen). I had six plastic brackets with screws holding it to the door. The two bottom brackets loosened enough that the mirror slid down to the floor, chipping a corner of the mirror. Retightened the brackets but now slightly stripped out, and she doesnít want me to keep using bigger and bigger screws and brackets which I agree. Maybe a lighter weight mirror or a more substantial door? I thought about the 3M double back mounting tape as well.

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