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Old 07-17-2011, 07:30 AM   #29
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I second that warning! when I washed our cushions I had to use a 4" plastic tube (piece of PVC drain pipe) to roll/squeeze the water out of them and it still took a really long time before they were dry enough. also if you leave them out in the sun the foam will likely turn dark orange..

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Old 07-17-2011, 08:24 PM   #30
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I didn't wash the cushions.

Is there something I can spray on to freshen them up a bit?
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Old 07-17-2011, 09:39 PM   #31
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I didn't wash the cushions.

Is there something I can spray on to freshen them up a bit?
I wrestled most of my cushion covers off and washed them in cold water, and then air dried them. They didn't shrink hardly at all. Then I wrestled them back on the cushions. They are made from an Olefin woven upholstery material that they used in the 1980's. There were 3 covers that had the zippers frozen shut so I couldn't wash them. I considered using the hose on them, but I'm sure glad now that I didn't!!
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:00 PM   #32
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If there's an automotive detail shop near by they usually have an ozone generator which will take out any smell. I used to have a detail shop so I have the machine still, I don't know where you're located but you'd be welcome to borrow mine. Leave it in the trailer over night and there won't be any smells left
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Old 07-18-2011, 01:03 PM   #33
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Thank you, thank you, thank you! I didn't wash the cushions.

Is there something I can spray on to freshen them up a bit?
Hi, Melanie

Laying your cushions out for "an airing" on green growing grass is an old housewife's trick, chlorophyll being a natural deodorizer.
When there's no threat of rain, of course!
Leave them for a day or two, turning once or twice.
And of course, there's always Febreze.

Francesca, an old housewife
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Old 07-27-2011, 10:12 PM   #34
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Painting the Frame

If you do attempt to paint the frame and jack up the body enough to get brushes in there make sure you pay close attention to your gas lines. My Boler has copper gas lines running to the stove, fridge, and heater. The fittings are now antique by definition but no leaks yet. (knock on wood) I can't imaging they would flex enough to jack up the body to much.

But I am curious about doing some frame repainting myself. If anyone has experience please chime in.

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Old 07-28-2011, 02:49 PM   #35
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You can use the oxidation cleanser and wax if you want to after all it's yours..But you will work you butt off for very little results, believe me "I'VE BEEN THERE DONE THAT" several times and it not worth the effort..Try the REDMAX way believe me you will be glad you did, BarKeepers Freind will clean it better than just about anything out there and 2 cans will cost you every bit as much as 3 bucks total and you will probably have some left over..And a gallon of RedMax cost around 15 bucks and thats enough to do 5 or 6 campers...as i said you choice....
Randy,

I finally found Barkeepers Friend here in Halifax - how do I use it. Like a paste or diluted in water? $3.99 a can.
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:10 PM   #36
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I finally found Barkeepers Friend here in Halifax - how do I use it. Like a paste or diluted in water? $3.99 a can.
What I do is wet the rag sprinkle it on and scrubb away..Repeat....Repeat...Repeat..After awhile you can tell how much and how often you need to re-apply it to the rag.......
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:42 PM   #37
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If you do attempt to paint the frame and jack up the body enough to get brushes in there make sure you pay close attention to your gas lines. My Boler has copper gas lines running to the stove, fridge, and heater. The fittings are now antique by definition but no leaks yet. (knock on wood) I can't imaging they would flex enough to jack up the body to much.

But I am curious about doing some frame repainting myself. If anyone has experience please chime in.

Thanks,
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Mark,

I paint the frame on our rigs every year, but not to the degree many do on the site.

On the Scamp I can just crawl under with a Rustoleum spray can and spray the frame. I plan on doing it every year. Generally most surfaces are fine after a year though the leading edge surfaces can take a beating on dirt roads. I also spray the entire bottom the same color, in the Scamps case white.

We formerly had a Sunline and I have jacked that up to paint it's frame and Aluminum bottom, black in that case. I simply jacked up each side and put cinder blocks fore and aft under the frame members.

On our Scamp 16 I think I used 5 cans of Rustoleum to do the frame, bottom and the insides of the fiberglass side walls that show underneath.

At one time I had planned to use white Herculiner (truck bed paint) on the bottom but have not done it yet.

I choose white because the former owner had put brushed rustoleum white on all non-underneath frame members.

As to the gas lines, it's a good opportunity to look at them. We have been on some pretty rough, long gravel roads and we have not seen a problem. The copper is pretty flexible.

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Old 07-28-2011, 03:52 PM   #38
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I had very good luck with Mr. Clean erasers on both the interior and exterior. When I got my green trill, it had lots of black mold and white chalk. The eraser took it all off. It does take a bit of the sheen off the exterior, but I'm building it back up with Zep Laminate Floor Polish from Home Depot.
The eraser did wonders on the ensolite as well.
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9. Hubcaps...they are chrome but rusted. How can I make them look better?
An old hot rod trick, clean off the rust. Maybe Naval Jelly. Then get quality aluminum foil and rub the rust spots. The aluminum foil transfers to the rusty rough areas. It won't be as shiny as chrome, but will look better. Spray with CLEAR spray paint to seal.
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I also washed my trillium cushions which were filthy, had no covers on them. I filled the tub with hot soapy water and oxiclean and soaked them a while then began to squish them around till the water looked like chocolate milk! It took me 4 tubs of hot water before the water was clean and then I squeezed out what I could, took them outside and stood them up till some of the water moved down the foam by gravity and squished some more, then my husband stubbornly mashed them into the washing machine and spun them. A couple days out in the sunshine and they were nice and dry and smelled good. A lot of work to do all six cushions but better than having to buy all new!
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I also washed my trillium cushions which were filthy, had no covers on them. I filled the tub with hot soapy water and oxiclean and soaked them a while then began to squish them around till the water looked like chocolate milk! It took me 4 tubs of hot water before the water was clean and then I squeezed out what I could, took them outside and stood them up till some of the water moved down the foam by gravity and squished some more, then my husband stubbornly mashed them into the washing machine and spun them. A couple days out in the sunshine and they were nice and dry and smelled good. A lot of work to do all six cushions but better than having to buy all new!
Hi Joy to FiberglassRV, we're glad you're here

I see this is your first post and you've already gotten the hang of it by sharing some great knowledge. Cool beans!
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