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Old 01-18-2016, 01:10 PM   #1
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Improving water pump access

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One of the changes I've made is undoing almost all of the screwed-shut cupboard doors, replacing the screws with cupboard latches and knobs. Now I can access things like the filter and the pump!!

But even with that--in our 8319SS trailer the pump is actually located behind the toilet, blocked by a blank panel. I'm thinking about looking to see if I can take out that panel and modify it to be removable. As it is now, the only way of getting to the pump is getting past the door that hides the filter assembly and reaching way back into that space. If I can make the blank panel removable (it's below the linen closet cupboard, in the bathroom), the pump will be MUCH more accessible.

You really do have to wonder who comes up with some of this stuff...
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You really do have to wonder who comes up with some of this stuff...

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Old 01-18-2016, 01:23 PM   #3
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As my first real boss used to say, "I represent that remark!" ;-)
I am an engineer, and it's incredible to me how poorly thought through some of this stuff is. Unfortunately, as with cars a lot of things are designed for assembly but not for maintenance. I had to replace a fitting on our pump, and the way they put this together made that almost impossible. I did it in spite of their silly arrangement.
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IMHO:
Those who can't, teach.
Those who can't teach, consult.
Those who can't consult, become engineers.

Just a couple of thoughts.
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:16 PM   #6
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Amen to that!
Far too many don't think ahead.
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Old 01-18-2016, 05:29 PM   #7
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What kind of latch did you install?
I assume you probably are asking about the original post. In my case, our travel trailer doesn't have any external equipment bays, so all I needed was the strong-spring type of cupboard latch to hold the cupboard doors that conceal equipment. I removed the hinges that had been used to anchor the doors closed, and installed the spring latches and cupboard door knobs so the doors just look like normal cupboard doors. If we had children I might have thought twice about exposing these areas, but that isn't an issue for us.
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Referring to #3--one of the changes I've made is undoing almost all of the screwed-shut cupboard doors, replacing the screws with cupboard latches and knobs. Now I can access things like the filter and the pump!!

But even with that--in our 8319SS trailer the pump is actually located behind the toilet, blocked by a blank panel. I'm thinking about looking to see if I can take out that panel and modify it to be removable. As it is now, the only way of getting to the pump is getting past the door that hides the filter assembly and reaching way back into that space. If I can make the blank panel removable (it's below the linen closet cupboard, in the bathroom), the pump will be MUCH more accessible.

You really do have to wonder who comes up with some of this stuff...
I removed the screws and put the panel on hinges with a hook and eye to hold it in place. I also added 2" foam insulation, glued on the panel, to insulate the pump and filter. Easy and cheap to do and takes about a half hour to do.

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It's always been my contention that every newly-minted engineer should have to serve a 1-yr internship as a service tech on the type of systems he/she is going to be engineering.
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I suggested to the team on my visit to the QC area of the Flagstaff that it might be a good idea to let the engineers and build team folks have a camper to set up and camp out for a couple of days to see if that might resolve some issues. Do not think they listened! I suggested this when some of the folks in QC admitted they had never fully set up a camper much less overnighted in one. Three years ago HUMM!
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