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Old 05-01-2013, 10:37 AM   #211
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During the recent NOG egg meet i met a guy who lives in Vancouver WA who owns FiberglassTravelTrailersRV.com and i just ordered the same MaxxFan 5100K that we have on our Parkliner to replace the Fantastic Fan we have on our van...Yea!!! His price included free lower 48 state shipping and was ~$60 less than the local (Portland OR) Camping World store that would have had to order one for me and was then going to charge shipping on top of thier ~$275 member price.

No more closing the fantastic fan after being rained on in the middle of the night while camping (yes it really does rain in the summer here in Oregon!)
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Old 05-02-2013, 08:46 PM   #212
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After my morning outing with van & parkliner to a local tire center to look at some options on the tire-rub issue that is currently being researched by Chandler on a recent batch of PLs i took the afternoon to mount the black powder coated tongue box on the trailer.

I currently placed the Bal Leveler and all the lego-block tire levelers and related tire blocks. It finishes off the front a-frame nicely.

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:04 PM   #213
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Looks great Thom. I'm just not ready to give up my gas. Umm, I mean propane. Oh forget it, this probably belongs on a different thread. Sorry.
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HaHa... there's always room for another gizmo on the trailer Brian : )
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:30 PM   #215
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OK, time for an update.

Nothing in this post should be taken as to represent any discontent or issue i have toward Chandler or Parkliner as a manufacturer...I am luving our Parkliner. Cari & I still pinch ourselves when we go inside. What i'm going to share in this update was one of those unfortunate oooopsies that took place, and Chandler has a solution for.

Many of you know that four of us with Parkliners made in the mid #30's had similar issues with the stock 205/75r14 bias ply tires rubbing. After a few short days of thinking through the issue Chandler came up with a solution of swapping out our tires with a new set that is supposed to fit without the rub : )

. . .So on to my project and this update:

I'm a sailor from knee high in the 1960's. Have sailed from Hawaii to San Francisco Bay in a 42' fiberglass sailboat, and logged many a mile at sea in glass. So i know how to take care of fiberglass. One thing that took place on my rig (other units may vary) was the tire-rubber rubbed through the gel coat and ~1/16" into the glass cloth on an area about 2" high x 4" wide in the inner forward lip of wheel well as seen in this example image before i took the wheels off (both sides needed rapair. For the sake of bandwidth i am only posting images of the curb side wheel well) :



In this next shot I have washed the area with acetone and you can see i have applied marine grade fiberglass bondo repair that will harden ready to sand in ~20 minutes:



And here i have acid washed the area, then after sanding cleaned again with acetone to prepare the area for one of three coats of grey epoxy paint:



And here it is with the first of three coats of epoxy paint:



I will update probably tomorrow after the last two coats go on (one more tonight as the temps are still hovering around 70! I may also go ahead and apply a couple coats of roll-on undercoating/bed-liner type paint just to finish off the area...but i'm still thinking that through. The three coats of epoxy paint will more than fix the situation, and in fact take the area beyond factory.

Until next update! Happy Trails.
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Old 05-05-2013, 09:47 PM   #216
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If it had been my trailer, I would have looked to the mfr to provide refinishing (or payment to have it done). I could never have done the sort of nice repair you performed. But you know how to fix it, and it looks like you may have felt good about doing it yourself. You did a fine job with it, too.
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Thanks Mike, and i can imagine that Chandler will reimburse me for the small cost of repair-supplies since i am on the other side of the continent AND i was willing to do the work myself, with a smile! It should look nice once done.

I have worked on Corvettes back in the mid 1980's and had an expert coach/mentor on fiberglass repair on autos and also did extensive body work on a 1975 Toyota FJ40 restoration project (replacement parts in fiberglass), plus a sailing hydrofoil of my own design and kayak...each in glass.

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We're actually NOT going to be able to stop at Parkliner today as much as I'd like to, as we have booked a 19 and 5.0 Escape to see and need to get to mid-PA tonight. We'll likely be back in NC in November so if we still are not yet an egg-owner may check out PL then. Hope Chandler gets this tire rub issue fixed to please all the owners.

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Thom,
If you keep adding more paint and undercoat, you may eliminate your "safety" zone with the new tires as you are making the clearances smaller?
I wish though I had the skills to work on fiberglass as many others have demonstrated here on the forum. Nice job!!
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Hi Jim,
I appreciate the thought and observations.
As an FYI, the three epoxy paint coats will add no more than 0.012 inch to the surface of the well. And the fiberglass repair i did only filled up that which was _rubbed_ away.

Adrian...have an enjoyable trip!
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comeon whats 20 more coats?
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comeon whats 20 more coats?
1/4"..?..but that is waaaaay more work than i want to put into it!
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And here i have acid washed the area, then after sanding cleaned again with acetone to prepare the area for one of three coats of grey epoxy paint:
I assume the grey is to blend in with the road schmutz that will accumulate?
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