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Old 12-19-2002, 01:40 PM   #15
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perfect

Oh! who wants to be perfect. so boring

glad you didn't mind me saving your stuff, mkw. (you didn't did you?) that's one info I have admired for awhile. so off the beaten track, but works so well. I have almost all my seam tape, but I don't like the look. the smoothness of your trailer's walls is/are great.
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Old 12-19-2002, 01:54 PM   #16
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caulk vs. tape on seams

Thanks - I like that look much better myself.

Can't take the credit for the idea though. I snagged it from somebody on the Bolerama group. They used expanding foam. Probably does a really nice job of simulating the texture of the insulation so the seams are even more hidden.

My seams are really quite visable if you look in the camper itself - they just don't show well in the photos because it's so reflective in there. You can kinda make them out in the picture I included showing the effect of the vinyl paint on the insulation.

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Old 12-19-2002, 03:31 PM   #17
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Marker lenses

Mine were a little hard to find, but they are out there. Maybe they were like mine.

That link seems to time out, so I have deleted it.

Try this:

www.unitedrv.com
then click in this order

sales and service
parts & accessories
electrical
next 15
running lights
next
#99

I don't know why, but typing running lights in search box doesn't work for me. Hope this helps...as primitive as it is.

BTW, two places who have been lifesavers are Redneck Trailer Supplies (distributor for Dexter Axles and not a joke) and United RV.
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Old 12-19-2002, 04:44 PM   #18
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Dexter says you should have 3" of "bump clearance" between top of tire and bottom of fenderwell. Search this group, casitaclub and yahoo-scampers for lots of axle info, including lift.

Consider not bothering with a converter, and just setting up a 12VDC distribution panel and putting in a serious, smart battery charger; you'll be money ahead, your battery will prolly be better maintained and you can use the battery charger for other stuf.

Pete and Rats
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Old 12-20-2002, 07:39 AM   #19
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Rule of thumb

Hi Don! Welcome to Fiberglass RV.

Pete's one of the resident axle experts here (and elsewhere) so I'll yield to his expertise ... but as long as the tire isn't rubbing the wheelwell when hitting a big bump, you probably are alright for awhile ... check for black rub marks.

Other than appearance sake, as long as the chips are just in the gelcoat, I'd worry about them later. And if they are deeper, as a temp fix, just dap with some white auto paint to protect the fiberglass.

For years, Casita and others have been using Bargman #99 markers ... I've found that most NAPA auto supply stores carry both the amber and red.

Lots of ways to deal with old rivets ... the correct way (and the way old Airstreamers recommend) is to drill out the old rivets ... and replace them with new ones. Caulk the hole before inserting the rivet ... make sure to also clear white plastic base before popping the rivet ... then install a new bright white snap cap... and you're go to go.

None of this stuff is rocket science. But as long as something isn't leaking or structurally wrong with your trailer ... just take it a little bit at a time.

Even with nothing working ... you can still go camping (in much more style than tent camping!)... and that's what it's all about!
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Old 12-20-2002, 09:25 AM   #20
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Great info gang! Some more? Please?

The markers were marked "Reflect-O-Lite 300 SAE-PC-67. I'll go to unitedrv.

My frame sticker is long faded, but... these were stamped into the frame top: 7-77
E-7-4193

I'm apparently the third owner, sold originally in Calif. to a Catholic church in NM, then to a minister in E. NM, then to me, here in S.TX.

I'll check for tire marks this weekend. It sits awfully low. I towed it something like 800 miles on, what looks like, the original tires.:o Whew!

Can someone give me an online source for those snap caps? I saw, from a search, some for bolt heads, but not rivets. I'm sure my rivets are ok for now. But I may want to put some new doodads on later:wink

Any advice on cabinet door latches? The previous owner put in eye & hook types on all the doors, he said they kept opening. Yuk:sick These have been sumarily removed. The doors have all been measured for replacements. And so I'll want some better, more secure types. That is of course after I fill all the hole the hook & eyes left :cry

Specific brand of 12v DC distribution?

Thanks gang! Remember, this is my first RV. Let me know if I need to move my posts to somewhere else or if I mess up the ettequette! :)
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Old 12-21-2002, 10:30 AM   #21
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seam tape

That guy on the seam tape got back to me and still has some for sale. -enought to do 3 13' Bolers.- his quote. just incase you want the tape look. I can send his e-dress.

now as far as -move my posts to somewhere else- my guess is your in the right place. and you started it, so how can you go wrong.:)
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Old 12-21-2002, 02:45 PM   #22
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Snap caps

You can get them at most RV places BUT I found them to be MUCH cheaper at Casita. I have not dealt with Scamp, but I'm sure they would do the same thing. I would call Scamp first.

I usually call and have them put together a package for me of aluminum rivets and snap caps with washers. BTW, be sure to use only aluminum rivets.

It sounds like a big chore drilling them out and putting them back, but I've done it and it's not that big of a deal. Like Charles said, just do a few at a time. Meanwhile, just put a dab of caulk over the ones on the top to ensure they don't leak and, as the mood strikes you, start replacing them.
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