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Old 06-07-2015, 06:49 PM   #1
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Front tent came out!

I have a 2013 21SS. I live and camp in New Mexico where the wind can be rather harsh this time of year. After a very high-wind day, actually removed my very high wind PUGS because the wind was fierce, I noticed the outer seam of the tent end was no longer in the correct location. Sorry, no pictures but I'll try to explain. There is a small channel on the top and sides that hold the tent seam in place, apparently with no adhesive other than a blob of silicone in the corners. This seam seems to act as a type of strain relief for the remaining material that is tucked and attached to the structure of the tent window opening. Whiteout this seam seated in the correct location, the tent ends have too much material flapping around and actually leaves a large gaping hole in the upper corners. I found a small plastic channel about 3 inches long that apparently is tucked under this material at the corners for some reason. Anyhow, I need to permanently attach these seams to this channel and am considering an adhesive like Gorilla Glue. There is a warning on the package to not use with polypropylene products, not sure if applies to these tent ends or not. I also need to re-seal the corners with maybe a silicone adhesive. Any thoughts or past experiences are appreciated. Thanks! Ron
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Old 06-07-2015, 08:51 PM   #2
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Front tent came out!

Just got done duck taping my front tent end to the door frame. After removing the mattress we noticed that no one used a single screw to hold down the cheap plastic molding all along the front of the bunk. I wouldn't of known about the screws, but earlier the cheap molding that held the inside molding on was all bent and loose, so we replaced that piece. Does anyone check these campers over before they send them out?

Yesterday the drawer slide on the sofa bed broke. Sheets and pillowcases aren't very heavy!

This is our first outting of the season and thinking I shouldn't ever go far from home.....
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:20 AM   #3
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Build quality in the RV industry is pretty much a joke, especially when dealing with campers in our price range (I'm assuming you have a Roo or a Shamrock, since you're here)...Either way, remember, the factory has to crank these things out and make a profit, and I think they do a little bit of profit maximization....I'm found some stuff on my Shamrock that are just flat out cheap.

Also, as a fellow forum member, both of you guys should put in your signatures that your RV is and what you're towing it with. It will make it much easier when you ask for help for those of us who want to help you! Have a great day!
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Old 06-08-2015, 08:40 AM   #4
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Brian, I have a 231kss and a 2006 Chevy Silverado. I just think that after you spend 20 something for a camper, you should be able to expect it not to start coming apart after 5 uses. It's been the hood fan, door frame, green trim around slide outs, torn weather strip, fend loosen and very cheap locks. I'm not trying to be fussy but a had a Wildwood Hybrid for 10 years and had it in for a gas line repair once and a canvas repair. I love the layout of the camper. It is perfect for me and my grandchildren. You just should not expect it to spend the short Wi summers in the shop.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:00 AM   #5
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I'm in complete agreement with you. Last summer I had to replace some of my flooring because of some water damage....yeah, 1/4 inch plywood over the aluminum beams, and that was it. I had to tear out the couch, cabinetry, dinette, hot water tank, plumbing in the front end, and electrical. The poor construction of the flooring really ticked me off.
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Ron.....you are right.....a picture would help.
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Old 06-09-2015, 06:16 PM   #7
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So any suggestions on which glue/epoxy to use or stay away from?
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:01 PM   #8
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I had to replace my front bunk tent end on a previous sob htt due to mice damage. The tent end fit into a channel and then was screwed in place. I'd recommend you use screws which would be better than glue. If you ever have to replace the tent, a screw is easier to remove than glue.
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Old 06-09-2015, 07:25 PM   #9
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Yes part of it is still screwed into the channel. There is another seam about 2-3 inches away from the screwed channel that has some very slight evidence of being glued in place but is no longer secured. I'm guessing a strong glue should work but am concerned about ruining the fabric if the glue heats up enough to melt whatever the tent ends are made of.


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Front tent came out!

What kind of screws should I buy? How far apart should they be placed? 2015 231kss
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