Exterior access door installation - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-21-2007, 07:41 PM   #1
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Hi, we bought an access door off of Ebay and would like to install it.

I get the measuring/posistioning/cutting part of it---then what? Do I "glue it and screw it" as my Dad would say or just caulk under the outside flange to keep it in place? The door doesn't have predrilled holes on the outside trim which makes me think that I shouldn't be putting them in.

Anybody out there who has done this modification and can give me some pointers--I would appreciate it--thanks. Jackie


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Old 06-21-2007, 09:40 PM   #2
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I'd say screw it where it needs it but be sure to put a layer of sealant under it!
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Old 06-22-2007, 08:05 AM   #3
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I'd use stainless steel bolts and nuts...8 of them. One in each corner and one in each middle. Yep, put buytl under the frame and maybe a THIN layer of caulk around the outside.

The hard part you're going to find is a place large enough (without plumbing, electrical, etc. or curves of the body) to place it.

We'd love to see some pictures, before and after
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Thanks to all that replied, I'll get pictures as soon as we get the project accomplished.

My husband is in the middle of taking the stickers all off and sanding--an new coat of paint is in our future!
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Thanks to all that replied, I'll get pictures as soon as we get the project accomplished.

My husband is in the middle of taking the stickers all off and sanding--an new coat of paint is in our future!
I installed mine with the hinge along the bottom so that it stays open while I get stuff in/out.
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Old 06-23-2007, 09:48 AM   #6
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I wondered about that, I thought it was a good idea when I saw it here--does it leak? My husband is a little wary of installing it that way.
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I installed mine with the hinge along the bottom so that it stays open while I get stuff in/out.
Sounds good, but what about "springing" it? I'd worry about that, these doors aren't very structurally sound and the hinges seem pretty wimpy. How about adding a door prop like this? I guess the gas strut is about $5


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...we have egg buddys (one with a 17 Boler, one with a 13 Trillium) that have added access. The 17 got it from the back side, beside spare tire mount) while the 13 got it from the drivers side rear at the storage area. I'm not sure what method of attachment was used in either addition, but both owners are happy with their new access door(s).
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We added two doors on our 13', one oneach side at the rear. The first one we did with the hinges at the top and then realized it was a real pain getting things out. The second one (on the other side) we put the hinge on the bottom. Much better and no it doesn't leak but we used a marine door.
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