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Old 09-28-2018, 07:34 AM   #1
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Rough roads are shaking my RV apart!

I have had an issue with my microwave for a couple seasons now. The face plate that covers the cubby it rides in comes loose on the bottom. It has now broken the face plate in the top right corner. I think the mfg put the face plate to high and it is holding the weight of the microwave rather than just being a cover.

After my recent trip to Wisconsin and over the rough roads of Northern Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin I have several other issues. The bathroom mirror, frame and all, popped off and hit the floor. Fortunately it didn't brake or leave a mark on the counter top or mirror. So I will have to find a way to re-hang it on the paper thin walls.

Also, the latch for the bathroom cabinet door under the sink has come loose and now the cabinet door won't latch and stay closed. Simple fix, I just need to put a new nail or screw in the latch.

But dang, how flimsy are these things? I know they aren't the stoutest built vehicles on the road, but I feel like many more rough roads like that and nothing will be left hanging on the walls.
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Old 09-28-2018, 07:48 AM   #2
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I agree there are some really bad roads out there. Almost lost my false teeth on them.. J/K..

I try to stay on top of all the things in the RV after I reach my destination I do a quick sweep and tighten anything that needs to be tightened and fix anything that needs to be fixed asap.

2 years now and everything it still tight and smells brand new.. just stay on top of the little things and don't let them build up. It will make your experience that much better.

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Old 09-28-2018, 08:07 AM   #3
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That I 43 from the Il. state line to G.B. is a rough bugger. Just came back from Door County a couple days ago. Hasn't got appreciably better over the past couple years. Major construction from Kenosha through Racine to Milwaukee, down to 2 lanes either way.
Lost the cable cover that slides in from the bottom on my Dometic 9100 series awning from the vibration. $30 for a new kit and a couple dabs of silicone at the bottom and back in business
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:47 AM   #4
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I hit some crap on my last trip and I thought my dash panel was going to fly off.
Gotta keep up with loose stuff constantly.
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Old 09-28-2018, 09:50 AM   #5
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My TP unrolled onto the floor while driving on PA roads. Thought my DW adopted a dog and didn't tell me.
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Old 09-28-2018, 11:01 AM   #6
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Going through St. Louis, we went through an area of I55 that made us think we were going to lose it all. When we got to the camp that night we found our shower door had been knocked off. Luckily it did not break.
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Old 09-28-2018, 12:01 PM   #7
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I noted the same issue on our 2000 Four Winds unit when we purchased it used in 2010. The faceplate was supporting the entire weight of the µWave.

I removed the assembly and installed braces/boards in the bottom of the compartment for the µWave to set on, complete with notches so it would not slide out of the hole unless it was lifted a bit. I repaired the faceplace and reinstall the assembly. It never moved afterward.


This is part and parcel to owning a motorhome, unfortunately. They are poorly engineered and rapidly assembled.



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Old 09-28-2018, 01:09 PM   #8
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My TP unrolled onto the floor while driving on PA roads. Thought my DW adopted a dog and didn't tell me.
LOL Any one tried I-10 in Louisiana? You can hardly have a conversation in the truck. Your voice sounds like you are talking into a fan. Like one of those annoying things I did as a kid.


Florida roads are not great, but we appreciate them after returning from our bumpy trips.
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Old 09-28-2018, 01:27 PM   #9
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Part of the problem is the suspension they use in most travel trailers. It isn't the softest riding one out there. IMHO you can't beat a torsion axle for a smooth ride, even on crappy roads. However they cost more.

I had an Airstream, which has torsion axles, and left a partial cup of coffee sitting on the table one morning and rolled out. It was still there where I left it when we stopped for lunch. And the roads that day were not particularly smooth.

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Small earthquake going on.
I put a go pro camera back there and had it solid mounted in a camera gimbal like shock mount.
I wanted to see how it was on different roads.
Started a stopwatch upfront to time out the roads to know where I would have been.
After seeing it I decided NO I don't want to ride back there for a nap (illegal in most states). It was amazing how things move around even on smooth roads. On a rough road, I think some sailors might get sick.
I can see now anything could get loosened over time. Now I realize not just things I have added, but every screw, hinge, glue joints, mountings are all subject to the same constant and sometimes violent movement and vibrations.
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