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Old 03-14-2003, 05:39 PM   #15
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Not Quite Time to Wash and Wax

It's not quite time to wash and wax our Scamp even tough it needs it badly. It is amazing how much dirt and crud accumulates during winter storage. :violin

With temperatures in the high 50's here in Saint Paul, it is time to move the trailer from the back yard to the driveway. This task is best completed before the ground thaws or well after it thaws and has had a chance to dry out. Otherwise, the ground is a mucky mess and moving the trailer will result in deep ruts in the lawn. :nono

:banana Here's to looking forward to our first camping trip - which would have been this weekend if we did not have other commitments.

-- Dan Meyer


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Old 03-14-2003, 06:22 PM   #16
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Hi All
I think we all are getting itchy feet.Snow bound too long.:wave


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Old 03-16-2003, 03:07 PM   #17
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remove caulk

I have heard people say scrape caulk for years. Nothing to it

Removing caulk from fiberglass without scratching up the jell coat requires specialized tools.

Before I start a caulk scraping session I go to my local fast food joint to eat and get a handful of plastic silverware.

You can use the plastic silverware unaltered, break them into exotic shapes, or file them to get into sharp corners. Make yourself a set of custom shaped scrapers

The price is right too.:huh :conf

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Old 03-17-2003, 03:51 PM   #18
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Mud daubers in vent pipes

Orginally posted by Charles Watts
...You also have to keep an eye any top opening vents you might have, such as the stand pipes for your water system. *
Just wanted bring this up front and center. Often times we read things but they get lost in the total discussion.

While bringing my trailer out of hibernation, I was going through checking everything. The water in the bathroom had been draining a little slow prior to winterizing, but forgot about it until today. I was thinking about Charles' comment and recalling that when I bought the trailer it had those mud nests all over the place. In, out, and everywhere. At the time, I didn't know about checking the vent pipe.

Today, I pulled off the cap to the vent pipe that services the drains (not the black tank). Sure enough...that pipe was completely closed off with a mud daubers nest.

Next time you're checking, be sure just to pop those caps off and make sure they are clear.

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Old 03-18-2003, 07:12 AM   #19
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>>vent pipe

Suz ... how did you (or how are you going to) clear the mud dauber nest out of your vent pipe?

Try using a wire coat hanger to "hook" part of it and pull it out, rather than push it down.

If you haven't cleared it, take some pix of your operation, ok?

Bet cleaning out the nest will make a big difference in how fast stuff drains!

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Old 03-18-2003, 08:08 AM   #20
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Coat hanger...what a brilliant idea. Unfortunately, I didn't think of that and my attempt to remove it caused it to drop. HOWEVER, It wasn't a problem for me. I finally found a plus to NOT having a gray water tank! ;) I took an old piece of gardenhose (without the ends) and used it like a snake to make sure the line was clear all the way to the bottom. I removed the small outlet spigot from the drain pipe then put a functional garden hose all the way down to the bottom of the vent pipe and turned on the water (NOT TOO MUCH) and began flushing the system. Sure enough, it came out in a couple of lumps. Just to make sure, I moved the hose up and down a few times (only a few inches...not past the lav drain or it will go into the lav). Then I removed the hose, turned on both cold water faucets inside the trailer, and used the hose in the exit pipe. Caution....do not leave the hose in there or leave the water on or it will back up in the shower -- I'm talking just a very little bit. Just enough to help with a push-pull thing to dislodge any remaining pieces. It now runs clear so I'm pretty confident that I got it all.

I checked my black water vent pipe, but was lucky on that one. Glad to know about the coat hanger trick for the day when it gets clogged.


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