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Old 08-26-2016, 01:49 PM   #85
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I read through your hole thread in one go yesterday. It is really entertaining. I think I saw a reference to weep holes at one point but cannot find it today. (Or maybe it was a different thread) .
Anyway, my question is whether most fg trailers have little holes in the floor to allow for drainage? I conscientiously filled all the holes in the base of my Ventura before replacing the wood floor and am now thinking that I maybe should have left a few at the lowest points to allow for water to escape.



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Yes, SteveV suggested we leave any weep holes we might find; by that time Paul had already glassed everything over, so we poured water in the troughs (we call them "pontoons") and drilled at the lowest points. About one or two per pontoon. About 1/4"

I worry a bit that ants will get in, or mud will clog them, and have considered shoving little caps inside to be pulled out and cleaned periodically, but in the end we just left them open. Whatever splashes up in can drain back out again, and anything leaking from above can drain out, too.

As of today, August 26, 2016, we've been out 3 times for a total of 11 nights. So far the fiberglass is holding up great. Each trip, each night brings on a tweak or two, but not to the glass. Over the coming winter Paul thinks he might smooth over that "divot" where an exterior hatch was in front of the port side wheel well, make it match the rest of the side...

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Old 08-26-2016, 02:08 PM   #86
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If you do get ants in just sprinkle some dry Borax Laundry additive in the area. They can't survive it. Plus it will kill mold and prevent mold so bonus points. Just vacuum it up or wash it up. Not good for washing aluminum with so keep it off of that surface. It will also kill those pesky northwest carpenter ants. You can put a little of the powder on ant nest if you want to get rid of one in the area you park in.

The divot where the hatch was does not look bad now that the paint job is done. It will bother you guys more than it being all that noticeable as any kind of a strange looking thing to other people.
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I've physically seen Kathleen's and Paul's Amerigo. They have every right to be proud of this rehab.
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Hi, DonnaD!

A pleasure to have met you at the Bandon Gathering, and to see your beautiful trailer.

Thanks for the kind words!

Paul's been having a driveway sale for the last few weekends and has given several tours every day.
Peanut is quite a draw, as I hear all these little glass eggs are.

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If you do get ants in just sprinkle some dry Borax Laundry additive in the area. They can't survive it. Plus it will kill mold and prevent mold so bonus points. Just vacuum it up or wash it up. Not good for washing aluminum with so keep it off of that surface. It will also kill those pesky northwest carpenter ants. You can put a little of the powder on ant nest if you want to get rid of one in the area you park in.

The divot where the hatch was does not look bad now that the paint job is done. It will bother you guys more than it being all that noticeable as any kind of a strange looking thing to other people.


A big 10-4 on the borax, very effective; also diatomaceous earth would work...of course if ants came in through the weep holes , they'd be under the floor and inaccessible except through the weep holes==though we could probably shoot some powder through with a dry atomizer...

You're right, no doubt, the divot bugs us more than anyone else. Most people wouldn't realize exactly what it was, anyway...Paul had thought it might be somehow structural (like molded ribs) as well as a rain guarded area for the hatch, and hence foolish to remove, but after considering it for several months, we now believe it's not necessarily structural and could be smoothed over.

He may remove it; it'd make more room inside for storage under the front bed/settee...though we're not particularly cramped.

Now that I'm thinking of it, I have Peanut all "straightened out" for his driveway sale tours, and ought to get out there and have him take some updated photos while it's looking good.
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Divot...great place for a pet door
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Hi, k. corbin,

Oh, yes, I considered that!

I drew up a number of sketches, including an extendible ramp, a portable, exterior enclosure fastened to the outside, etc. so the pugs could get in and out without our having to take them on leads.

In the end, though, that hatch was the entry point for water, causing one of the chief areas of rot, and we just couldn't bring ourselves to replace the door.

Now we're not sure if we want to remove and glass over the awning railing. As it is, it's more holes in the shell...but more versatility...though we've decided we prefer a pop-up canopy for now. Still...ideas?
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Put an aspirin in your drain hole. If water is present the aspirin dissolves and then the water will drain. This is the trigger they use for self inflating life vests. Good enough to save your life in a boat it should work well in the small drain holes in your floor.
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Put an aspirin in your drain hole. If water is present the aspirin dissolves and then the water will drain. This is the trigger they use for self inflating life vests. Good enough to save your life in a boat it should work well in the small drain holes in your floor.

Well, well! An aspirin, eh? Will do! Keep the ants out (unless they like aspirins...)

Reminds me of the mouse/rat trap we used to recommend at the shelter when people wanted them gone but didn't want to kill them: they used a cracker for one of the walls. You catch the creature, quickly take the cage to a remote area, set it down and let the mouse/rat chew through the cracker. Voila.
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