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Old 12-27-2015, 04:44 PM   #1
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Is it a nightmare to get into the underbelly

I'd like to check out some waterline connectors under the sink toilet area. I see the underside is screwed to the sides. Is it under a lot of pressure? Just wondering if I take it down, do I have a chance of getting it back up? Looks like the factory even had a hard time as the final section is not mated perfectly, and was finished with gorilla tape.

Want to replace some pex connectors with brass and check it out for leaks as a few inside have dripped.

It is a Rockwood 2175vs.
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Old 12-27-2015, 04:56 PM   #2
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If you have a corrugated black plastic underbelly cover the easiest thing to do is use a razor knife to cut open a small section for inspection/repair. Cut the opening on 3 sides and open it like a trap door. To reseal either use duct tape or for better long term sealing, buy a small sheet of coroplast and make a patch using silicon and screws to attach.
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Old 12-27-2015, 05:00 PM   #3
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This is going to sound silly, but how does one know where to cut? Are there some diagrams of the locations of things? Also, I thought about this would electric or plumbing be resting on it and get cut accidentally?
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No diagrams so you have to measure and just figure out where to cut. There may be wires and plumbing laying on top but just use a short blade. I wouldn't worry about that. Cutting through either one would take a lot more effort than the thin plastic cover. I would just make your best guess where you need to cut and go for it!
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Old 12-27-2015, 05:37 PM   #5
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I've dropped parts of my underbelly lots of times. It usually takes a 5/16" nut driver. I use one in a drill or impact driver, makes it easy.
I've also cut a flap in the cloraplast in an area i kept having a leak. Just remember to have the hinge side towards the front, that way if the tape fails while your driving it wont rip a hole in the cloraplast!
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I've dropped parts of my underbelly lots of times. It usually takes a 5/16" nut driver. I use one in a drill or impact driver, makes it easy.
I've also cut a flap in the cloraplast in an area i kept having a leak. Just remember to have the hinge side towards the front, that way if the tape fails while your driving it wont rip a hole in the cloraplast!
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I've dropped mine several times: 3-4 times to check/adjust/fix dump valves, once to shore up my sagging fresh water tank. Don't lose your screws in the gravel!
I've never cut a new hole in the undercover but I did make an existing trap door larger to get to a valve.
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Also use the right tape not duct tape as it will not hold buy the scrim tape I think is what they call it it is very expensive but it works clean the area with alcohol then put tape make sure to get it straight because once it sticks it is stuck.
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Old 12-28-2015, 10:22 AM   #8
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removing underbelly cover

I've removed mine because of no heat to the bedroom in my rockwood 2715 vs. I would not recommend cutting blindly into the coroplast because the heat ducting is laying on top of it,also wiring harness is laying there also.Once you see how poorly it is installed you my want to redo it entirely. I took mine down completely and added a 1x2 to the entire perimeter of the trailer to drop it down to keep from crushing the heating ducts & pinching wires between cover and frame. This also allowed me to make it varmint proof,there were several gaps in the original installation. It was a lot of work but I was able to take care of several potential problems from shoddy work.
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Lowered my underbelly some last summer. Was surprised to see duck work and wiring just laying on top of the corrugated plastic. Actually Im not surprised anymore with rv stuff.

So be very careful cutting into the underbelly. Use underbelly tape to seal the area when done. And like MillerTime said hinge towards the front.
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Happy camper, can you post pictures of the 1x2 setup?
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