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Old 02-11-2024, 04:16 PM   #1
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Access Panels

AS cut access holes for access to fresh water drain, plumbing issues etc. They replaced with flat sheet metal using screws.

These panels allow moisture into the bottom of these areas. Has anyone replace with a more secure panel?
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To my knowledge belly pans are not water tight. There isn't really a need to waterproof them in my opinion.
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To my knowledge belly pans are not water tight. There isn't really a need to waterproof them in my opinion.

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If it makes you sleep better, you could unscrew the panel, add some caulk and button it back up, but that won't seal the many areas of the belly pan that are not watertight. I have a similar patch on my tank cover.

If you lift the trailer or lower it via the hitch jack and you don't see water pouring out from the pan, I'd not loose any sleep over it.
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To my knowledge belly pans are not water tight. There isn't really a need to waterproof them in my opinion.
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Hey Candrews,

If you really want to install something easier to open and watertight for access, some of us have used deck plates. Check these posts. https://www.airforums.com/forums/f36...ml#post1277620
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f39...ml#post1271272
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Frankly that access panel is more likely to let moisture out then in, in most cases water likes to go downhill.
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The issue is I can see from inside the trailer to where the access panel is. So I guess I am going to use insulation and flex seal.
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The issue is I can see from inside the trailer to where the access panel is. So I guess I am going to use insulation and flex seal.
I wouldn't recommend doing anything which will make it difficult or impossible to get into in the future. If there was need to enter that area once, there likely will be again in the future.

If you're intent on sealing it just get some adhesive foam weatherstripping and put it between the two layers.

Just because you can see from inside the trailer to where the access panel is doesn't mean anything, and there's little to no chance of water getting inside the trailer through that access panel, waterproofed or not.

Our trailers are not hermetically sealed underneath, and they're not intended to be.
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