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Old 05-23-2016, 11:00 AM   #7751
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Yesterday I finished making, and installed my scissor-jack stabilizer brackets, which clamp onto the suspension sub-frame.







The scissor jacks are BAL jacks, designed for mounting straight onto the I-frame, but the LP pipe is in the way on one side, and my sewer-coupling mod is in the way on the other side, so I made these brackets out of 1/8" x 3" flat steel bar, mounted them to each of the existing flange brackets with 3/8" bolts with nylock nuts, and used 3/8" x 3" bolts through between the brackets to clamp the brackets to the sub-frame. The bolts are snug above/below the frame, and should hopefully hold enough weight for stabilization purposes.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:03 AM   #7752
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This weekend I reinforced the bunk in my trailer that has a sticker that says it's supposed to hold up to 300 lbs. The teenage girl that was on it when it broke is no where near 300 lbs.
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Old 05-23-2016, 11:06 AM   #7753
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I also installed an HDMI input panel, in the little cubby under the TV.

It's connected to second HDMI input on TV (I fed the wire through from the back of the TV, when pulling out the analog audio connectors, which have already been replaced by an optical audio cable).

Unfortunately the front HDMI input on iRV-66 doesn't support HDCP and thus won't allow input from PS3/4 playing BluRay, so I had been stuck with having a cable dangling from the back of the TV.
This at least makes it a little neater.

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Old 05-23-2016, 11:32 AM   #7754
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Also made a "slide out sweeper" for clearing debris off the top of the slides when packing up camp.
I used a flat mop/broom thing I found in Lowes, a cheap telescoping handle also from Lowes (extends up to 5ft), and a 3/4 slip x 1/2" threaded PVC pipe connector.

I cut about 6 inches off the end of the mop handle, and used epoxy to mount the pipe fitting on the end of the handle. I also drilled 2 small holes and used some screws to secure it extra tight.

The extended handle screws into the threaded pipe fitting. Of course the threads are vastly different, but the pipe fitting threads seem to just bite into the extending handle thread well, and give a reasonably secure connection. We'll see how well it holds up over time.
From a quick test it seems that it works fairly well so long as you mostly sweep right-to-left (otherwise it has a tendency to want to unscrew)



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Old 05-23-2016, 11:42 AM   #7755
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Unfortunately not everything went so well as my mods ...

I found a hole in the floor in the bunk-room, near the 2nd bath door.
I can only assume that this happened from the bunk ladder falling off the bunk, tho' I didn't notice the damage at the time, and it's only a light aluminum ladder falling from just over 4ft.

The floor does feel a little soft immediately around the area, but I don't think it's gone all the way through (though close).





Any suggestions on how to repair this would be appreciated, since I very much doubt FR will cover this under warranty.

I'm thinking of perhaps trying to lift up the damaged area of aluminum (without cutting any further) so that I can fill the hole with some of that wood-filler epoxy stuff ( http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AB0SX8 ), and then glue the linoleum back down once it's hardened.

I know it won't be a flawless repair, but I don't want to have to replace the flooring in the entire camper (and it seems to be continuous from the living room area)

Any better ideas or suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:15 PM   #7756
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Installed a Roadmaster Tow Defender rock shield screen that goes between the MH and the toad. Finished loading up and heading out Tuesday for the Mayberry Rally.
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Old 05-23-2016, 01:19 PM   #7757
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This weekend I reinforced the bunk in my trailer that has a sticker that says it's supposed to hold up to 300 lbs. The teenage girl that was on it when it broke is no where near 300 lbs.
Interested what type of bunk it is, since I'm a little concerned about our top bunk too (also with a teen), and interested in how you reinforced it.
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Interested what type of bunk it is, since I'm a little concerned about our top bunk too (also with a teen), and interested in how you reinforced it.
I always forget to take pictures but I have a Palomino Sabre 36QBOK. The bunk area looks like this:



That upper bunk above the couch is what broke. It's essentially a bunch of 1x1's held together with long staples. The only screws on the entire thing are the ones holding the decorative trim piece on the front with the sticker that says "max weight 300 lbs". There are also brackets on either side attached to the wall that hold it up when it's folded out.

I'm assuming it broke because the girl put most of her weight on the front right corner right by the sticker. This caused one of the boards to split and the staples to pull out. The bracket pulled slightly out of the wall as well.

I basically added some more 1x1 boards to hold it together and added a bunch of screws instead of relying on staples.

I also added some 2x4's along the edge of the wall that go from the floor to the bracket. There was just enough room between the arms of the couch and the wall to fit them in. This way it's supported more by the 2x4's rather than just the brackets themselves.

It was a quick fix using the material I had on hand. Honestly I need to simply rebuild the entire thing using better/heavier material.
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I always forget to take pictures but I have a Palomino Sabre 36QBOK. The bunk area looks like this:



That upper bunk above the couch is what broke. It's essentially a bunch of 1x1's held together with long staples. The only screws on the entire thing are the ones holding the decorative trim piece on the front with the sticker that says "max weight 300 lbs". There are also brackets on either side attached to the wall that hold it up when it's folded out.

I'm assuming it broke because the girl put most of her weight on the front right corner right by the sticker. This caused one of the boards to split and the staples to pull out. The bracket pulled slightly out of the wall as well.

I basically added some more 1x1 boards to hold it together and added a bunch of screws instead of relying on staples.

I also added some 2x4's along the edge of the wall that go from the floor to the bracket. There was just enough room between the arms of the couch and the wall to fit them in. This way it's supported more by the 2x4's rather than just the brackets themselves.

It was a quick fix using the material I had on hand. Honestly I need to simply rebuild the entire thing using better/heavier material.
Thanks for the info and photos. Different from our bunks, in a slide-out, but same principal. I'll take a look and see if I can do some similar reinforcement
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Old 05-23-2016, 02:38 PM   #7760
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Resealed the seams on our awning with seam sealer. Got rid of the frosted windows in both doors and replaced them with tinted ones.

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