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Old 02-22-2016, 11:43 PM   #29
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I know I'm reviving this thread. You'll appreciate the heart warming story...

My spare tire almost pulled out my back wall as much as this one. Since I'll be repainting, I'm considering the bumper mount. I would fill in those holes.

My guess is that my backing plate is no bigger than 2" x 5". It apparently didn't do the job.

Any opinion on this?

Also, I need to replace the heater vent and the opper fridge vent. Any suggestions as to where to find that?

Thanks!
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Old 02-24-2016, 02:29 PM   #30
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Do the heater and fridge work? I tossed mine and glassed over the holes.
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Old 02-24-2016, 03:13 PM   #31
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Bought a small electrical fridge and, as far as I know, the heater works.
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Old 03-05-2016, 03:17 PM   #32
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Wow, old thread revival is right!

Uncle Cereal, what we finally did for the spare tire carrier was added a backing plate inside the trailer. If memory serves correct, it was a pc of 1/2" plywood about 16" wide by 4" high. And we added the backer bolts to prevent the tire from being sucked in too far.

Otherwise, that was it. Good luck with your project.


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I know I'm reviving this thread. You'll appreciate the heart warming story...

My spare tire almost pulled out my back wall as much as this one. Since I'll be repainting, I'm considering the bumper mount. I would fill in those holes.

My guess is that my backing plate is no bigger than 2" x 5". It apparently didn't do the job.

Any opinion on this?

Also, I need to replace the heater vent and the opper fridge vent. Any suggestions as to where to find that?

Thanks!
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Old 03-05-2016, 03:56 PM   #33
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Just got back from the garage... My bumper's not in good shape enough to hold up the spare so I'll have to put it back up on the wall.

What's a backer bolt?

Thanks!
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Old 03-06-2016, 01:43 PM   #34
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Regarding the backer bolts or stop nuts as Randy Bishop noted in an earlier post.

There is a set of bolts that hold the threaded rod to the trailer and are tight to the outside of the trailer.

Then the stop nuts, which are spaced between the trailer and the spare tire.

Then nuts to hold the rim to the threaded rods.

Hopefully that makes sense. The stop nuts keep the tire AWAY from the trailer enough that the bolts don't pull through like they did on our trailer.

Using my previous pic as an example:



Hopefully this helps.


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Looks like someone didn't put stop nuts on the spare holder ..what it needed was a second set of nuts on the bolts to serve as a stop to keep the bolts from pulling through if someone tighten the nuts to tight drawing the bolts through the fiberglass. I can't really tell from the photo's how bad it is but you might be able to put them on now and it be OK..Also a spare rack mounted on the bumper as you mention would work..As far as trying to repair the damage I would probably try to seal the cracks and leave it along, because anything else would require a paint job to cover the repairs.......Theres a product that some people on here has used called Captain Tolleys Creeping Crack Repair.... I personally have not used it but maybe someone else can chime in that has used it and tell how it may have worked for them.....It should help on any stress cracks you may have also..If after a good scrubbing there's still a faded look to it you might try sanding it down with 400 grit sandpaper.One of my trilliums was faded pretty bad and that worked great for me I used a electric palm sander and went over the entire camper turned out great, just make sure the gelcoat doesn't have any thin places in it where you might sand down through it and expose the fiberglass underneath..The gelcoat on most of these is fairly thick enough to take a little sanding just be careful..How big are those tail lights, I've got a set of round LED's I bought once to put on a Burro I once owned but they didn't work out.. If I can find them and if they will fit they are yours since your doing this as a favor for the folks...I'll dig around tomorrow and see if I can locate them and see what size they are.... The best that I can remember they were around 5" or 6" but can't remember for sure....GOOD LUCK WITH THE CAMPER RANDY...
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Old 03-06-2016, 02:02 PM   #35
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I get it! Thanks!

Someone had put the nuts INSIDE mine! Theft-proof for sure but a little rough on the fiberglass wall... Sounds good, I'll be adding a few nuts!
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Old 04-12-2016, 10:52 AM   #36
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I understand the scotch-brite scouring pads and the BarKeepers Friend as I am in the food industry! What Zep product did you use and what were the steps of the process using Zep? I have a Scamp 19' and the gel-coat is chalky and needs attention. You did a great job, if I could get close to the same results I would be a happy camper.
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Old 04-12-2016, 02:16 PM   #37
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Elbow grease plus what magic product restored the shine?

Thanks in advance!

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Old 04-12-2016, 03:12 PM   #38
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Not sure about those backer bolts. Is that a factory spec or an addition? I think with the slop of the tire bouncing around you're going to get a lot of damage to the paint and elongated holes in the shell.
I believe it should be tight against the shell with the proper backing plate on the inside of the unit.
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Old 04-12-2016, 04:55 PM   #39
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Can't see that hanging the spare off the fiberglass is a good idea no matter how you do it !!! If the bumper is in that bad a shape maybe it needs attention !!!
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Old 04-12-2016, 06:37 PM   #40
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I understand the scotch-brite scouring pads and the BarKeepers Friend as I am in the food industry! What Zep product did you use and what were the steps of the process using Zep? I have a Scamp 19' and the gel-coat is chalky and needs attention. You did a great job, if I could get close to the same results I would be a happy camper.
Myderby and Dan Meyer,

There is a lengthy thread on how to apply Zep and similar products to FGRVs. I applied Zep commercial wet look floor polish to my Trillium last fall. I applied with a micro fiber cloth soaked with Zep and wrung out. Applied five coats, waiting 1/2 hour between coats. Don't apply in direct sun.

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Old 04-12-2016, 07:19 PM   #41
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I understand the scotch-brite scouring pads and the BarKeepers Friend as I am in the food industry! What Zep product did you use and what were the steps of the process using Zep? I have a Scamp 19' and the gel-coat is chalky and needs attention. You did a great job, if I could get close to the same results I would be a happy camper.
If the gel coat is chalky pick yourself up a polisher with a wool bonnet and a bottle of 3M Marine Restore and Wax. You will not be sorry
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Old 04-12-2016, 07:53 PM   #42
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Can't see that hanging the spare off the fiberglass is a good idea no matter how you do it !!! If the bumper is in that bad a shape maybe it needs attention !!!
I should add mine sits on the bumper as well as tight to the rear wall.

Given the issues with your bumper, it is worth it to get underneath and inspect the frame.
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