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  1. rdickinson

    Dish washer machine

    I'm calling that one. Not everyone has the room for an 18" or 24" residential unit. No big deal to deal with dropped items. Probably one of the best upgrades I've done. it fits between the washer and dryer. Power, water and drain are already there and it fills otherwise useless space. Now dishes go straight from table to dw. Now no counter clutter or messy sink.
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    Dish washer machine

    Fisher & Paykel X2. Put one in between the clothes washer and dryer 3 yrs ago. No issues except a chrome ring from a knife handle came off and plugged the drain. At the time I got mine there were 2 sizes available. One was a bit taller but wouldn't fit in the space I had so went with the 16" drawer. It fits a 10" dinner plate and that's adequate.
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    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    I'd like to see what can be taken away from this so others who have not had to deal with it could do a pre emptive strike to prevent this grief. There needs to be a refit shop which identifies the known problems and repairs them at a reasonable cost. If something else crops up later, the owner is advised of it and given options. If known issues were identified and costed out then future buyers could be made aware so they could offer X amount less for the trailer to allow for mods. After market modifications.
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    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    OK, looks like you salvaged the plywood by injecting epoxy between layers and clamping it together somehow. Just because wood or plywood is discolored doesn't mean it's rotten. So you may be OK. Normally plywood I've worked with will warp when it gets wet but not delaminate..Ie Kitchen toekicks. Your screws are still going into the edge of the plywood tho. I Used stainless #8 screws and predrilled the holes. Tighten by hand so as not to overtighten and strip. Like a drill would or could. Maybe do a 180 with the trim so the screws don't go in the same holes. In the case of my bedroom slideout, I cut the rotten material plus 6" back and replaced it. I put a pce of 3/8" thick by 6" wide plastic from the outer edge of the slide running inwards to disperse the slideout weight. I'll take a pic tomorrow and post it.
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    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    http://photoposting.is-great.net/ Jim, can you copy this link to your Favourites tool bar at the top of your screen. Just below top line which has the BLUE circle with the white left pointing arrow inside it. Highlite it by left clicking at one end or the other then move mouse to the other end. Release left button. The whole line should be dark blue in my case. Keep cursor on it then rt click to copy it. Release rt button Move curser down drop down menu to copy Go to top of page and left click on Favourites, it will turn dark blue. Release left button With left button released , move cursor down to 'Add to favourites bar'. It will be a lighter shade of blue Left click on favourites bar You now have the photo posting site on your toolbar. Get that done and I'll walk you thru getting pics on the forum. R
  6. rdickinson

    Water intrusion and fixes for other brands

    There was a 2 hr gap from the original shortened post to the one that is up now. I have been thru this same issue and so has someone else who had really good wood skills, he documented and posted the process. My situation was similar to yours, rotten floor which the RV repair people ignored and carpeted over. The slidout wall almost fell off. With much difficulty I undercut the floor back 6" more than the rot, cut out and sistered in parts of studs and wall plate then replaced the OSB flooring with doubled up pressue treated plywood which was a little thicker than 1/2" as opposed to the OSB being a heavy 7/16". Removing the whole slide would have been the best issue but at the time, not an option. Sikaflex, putty butyl tape with the paper back and both types of Dicor compounds seem to be the major players in the RV industry. Add to that my trusty PL Premium and Rot It rot killer. I hear you loud and clear re screws in edgegrain OSB. They are not going to hold. In my case on the last refit, the water tank replacement, I cut the OSB back and replaced it with solid wood..I'll post a pic Rotted floor edge with as you call it beltline exposed with butyl tape still on. Pic of passengers side floor aft of triple axle. Techs call this rounded transition "J panel" I used a Multitool plus chisels to cut back the rotted 1/2' plywood floor as close to 7/8" as I could, cleaned the 'beltline' of glue etc. The white piece is a 2x3 dadoed or plowed out to allow a 1-1/2" x 3/4" solid material facing your beltline area. The remaining over 1" was glued with Rhino glue and screwed to the underside of the plywood. Butyl tape was put on the solid wood facing the inside of the beltline before fastening to the underside of the plywood. The screws thru the beltline trim into the solid wood got a really good bite. Couldn't ask for better. None of them spin. Which is what others could do to see if there could be an issue with their respective trailers. If your rig was at the backend of the park at a Rally, ther's no doubt in my mind with some of this bunch and adequate tools, pics in advance to scope out the work, it could be fixed in short order. And it would be Uber built. Roger
  7. I didn't want to hijack the topic posted earlier about how water intrusion has or will impact most of us owning most RV's. Mine is no exception. Perhaps certain makes and models may be prone to issues in the same locations. Using my Travel Supreme as an example, I'd like to see others benefit from my experience in where the problem areas were and what fixes I did or plan to do. I'm not interested in keyboard warriors second guessing my repairs and saying I should have done this or that. The work was done after much research and with the best materials available and to the best of my skills and I'm a journeyman Joiner so am able to find my way around most things to do with wood or Corian. Some of these fixes are pretty easy to do, others require a lot of research and work. Some work not easy to do when you are on your back with your neck craned at an odd angle. Sometimes when the rig is opened up, it presents opportunities to upgrade, modify or prep for other planned improvements down the road. Or in my case replace a water vent hose black with mould that would otherwise never been found or seen. Gross pics available. Some fixes or variations of may lend themselves to other situations on other brands. Example, my split watertank had to be replaced last Fall. This was an enormous job, pics were taken, repairs were uber done. It did open up other areas that needed repairs. Pics showing where water did get in and what to look for perhaps saving others from the same grief. Another is TS slideout motors. I've had my BR slide motor out several times. The dealers would like to sell me another $500 motor when all it took was a 25 cent Woodruff key. The key acts as a sacrificial link and shears if too much torque is applied. An easy 1 hr fix. I have all the pics and instructions on file. Due to poor responses to topics posted in the past, I decided not to upload pics or what and how repairs were done. On a separate note, water intrusion, damage and rot, IMO would be a worthy topic at any Rally. Some minor issues not involving a tablesaw, chopsaw, router or other noisy tools could be undertaken and completed by those with the necessary skills in a few days or less. Something I'd find more rewarding than sitting around nursing a stale beer. At the vey least people would leave informed.
  8. Unless I've  asked before, doesn't your homeowners insurance or renters insurance cover these costs?  Secondly, I'm not a fan of this forum, I find most are self centered with Chad being a notable exception.  Example, last October when Nigel fell off a cliff breaking his neck, his wife put out a request for help to drive and park or store their rig for a few months.  I live 12 hrs away and was the only one to volunteer  help.  So does that mean that there is no-one who lives within a 500 mile radius of Prosser Washington who could get off their lazy ass to help...Cobb being one.  Frankly most of them make me sick.  Some have more money to burn than you or I will ever make.  DT being one.  One guy had a new truck a couple of years back adding  super singles at a huge expense then dumped the truck for an ever bigger one with an oversized generator.  If you look at the profile, the truck is so low behind the cab he will high center going over railway tracks.

     I can  barely  afford to make these 4-5 month disaster response trips to your country fixing houses damaged by floods, fires, tornados and hurricanes costing me loss of wages and conservatively 3-4k US in diesel adding up to 10k$ Canadian funds.  At the rate of destruction the USA will fall further behind each year, you will Never catch up.  The disasters leave a trail of misery, hopelessness, child and family abandonment, drug and alcohol abuse plus a host of other wonderful issues society has to offer. In over 22 years, I've seen it all.

    There is a saying, 'There is no cause than helping your fellow man'....really? When have any of these jokers recently got off their butts to help.  Yes I know some have done tours in Vietnam...Charlie and Cobb being 2.  The closest I can come  is having done Marine Search and rescue for 5 yrs.

    That last topic I did on Generator sizing was a test to see what kind of response it would get. 7 or 8 were bullshit, glad handing, slapping on the back by the good ole' boys.  Nothing relevant to my question.

    Look at all the stupid topics and even more irrelevant responses and stack them up against your rental being trashed. My best guess your wife was in tears and your  blood was boiling plus you probably lost some sleep over it....I would have.

    There is tremendous skills within this group.  From my standpoint it is mostly wasted on self serving agendas.

    Re your case, I've told you what I think and stand by it, BUT, I have also rented and know the problems you and your wife face and you may not have the skills to affect repairs yourself, I can, this is what I do for 4-5 months.  Had this last job not cropped up and had there been  more time between it and the next one coming up in a couple of weeks, I'd offer to do the repairs for nothing...just materials.  It would give you hope and that is most important to those traumatized by disasters of any type.  Yours fall into that category.

    I'm sorry for the damage to your house.  I wish I was closer or had the time but at my age gigs that pay 5 - 8k a month take home are scarce.

    I'm not after a response.  This bunch pretty much reviles me.










  9. rdickinson

    Bling for my truck

    http://www.advantagetruckparts.com/ For headlights
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    That is a good price for a 12.5 but it's too big. Several knowledgeable people including 2 Onan dealers figure a 7.5 or 8kw unit would be the best for my application. Evidently running a 10 kw at half load is not the answer. Both say generators prefer to be worked hard even though the fuel consumption would be similar. Except for that fact, I'd snap that one up. I did send a message for him to contact me if he found an 8kw which has been remodeled a bit over the 7.5. Thanks anyway.
  11. rdickinson

    Generator size

    Got it in 2005 but the main breaker is 30 amp. I'd have to dig out the manual and post model#. It runs at 3600 rpm. Multiquip DAC-7000SS A.C. Generator (Canada) Tier 2 Version
  12. rdickinson

    Generator size

    3000 US using the currency converter. I've sent of a request for info, RFI but not had a response yet.
  13. rdickinson

    Generator size

    Model # 12HDKCD-2209G
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    Generator size

    There is that saying, better to have more than you need than need more than you have. It would be 800 lbs on the passengers side.
  15. https://www.kijiji.ca/b-ontario/onan-generator/page-4/k0l9004

    Can you take a look at my post on Generators plz.

    Let me know what you think.