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Old 10-26-2014, 07:25 PM   #57
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The GVW is 1500 lbs. We are actually towing it with a Chev Equinox 4 cyl and we watch the weight for towing. I was going to drop one of the propane tanks. We travel with an empty water tank. The cooler of beer goes in the car. You are right you can pack these things with so much stuff it sure adds up fast.
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Old 10-26-2014, 07:37 PM   #58
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I used ZEP one time on a Bigfoot 19. It looked good the first year and now 2 years latter it looks bad. I have had good results using Poli-glow and have done many trailers with it. Poli-glow is made for fiberglass sail boats.
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Old 10-26-2014, 08:13 PM   #59
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Good to know. If I can get a warm day this year I will wax it. I'll have to look more into all these finishes for next season
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:00 AM   #60
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Not to get into a Zep vs Poli-glow discussion, but several people have reported up to 3 years of good service out of Zep, and it washes off with the engine grease remover setting at the wand wash, and goes back on with minimal effort. Not to mention the cost difference.
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Old 10-27-2014, 05:07 PM   #61
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I read the 50 page thread on it. Not sure how much I retained. I bought some Zep but will wait until next season to decide what to do.
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Old 10-27-2014, 06:48 PM   #62
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Tonight's project was to start to remove the hatches. I removed the City Water hatch fairly easy. The problem is the hole and the new round one are pretty much the same size. I will have to put a backer plate on and either fill the front gap with fiberglass or cut a second round plate to take up the room. I can't fiberglass it until next spring now.

The water tank Gravity feed hatch seems to be fiberglassed in or a putty that has gotten rock solid. I am going to take a Dremil and cut around this putty or glass without cutting into the flange of the hatch. The hole fore this is not big enough for the new Gravity Feed so I will have to enlarge the hole to make it fit.


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Old 10-27-2014, 07:15 PM   #63
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Why not use the Zebra City Water Fill part # RC146P with O.D. of 3-1/2" x 3/1/2" O.D.? it looks a lot like the old one and you would not need to do any fiberglassing.
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Old 10-27-2014, 07:34 PM   #64
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It sure is a good match. I had already bought the other ones which are round. I see their sink drain one is round. I haven't installed these yet so I'll rethink it. I would like them both round or both square. Thanks for the info. I'm getting a ton of links and product recommendations. Love all the info and helping hands.
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Old 11-02-2014, 06:08 PM   #65
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Added the City Water fill and the Tank Gravity fill hatches. I had to make a face plate for the City Water fill as the holes were the same size as the hatch cover. I took a cutting board form the dollar store. Think it is made from UHMWPE (I think) So cut out the size I wanted, sanded the edges then ran a torch over the edges to flame and smooth out.

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Still have to clean them up a bit. This pictures were after some highway driving so there is some dirt around.
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Old 11-02-2014, 08:43 PM   #66
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Unhappy Silicone

Is a swear word around fiberglass. It doesn't last but then prevents anything else from adhering after being applied.

(You mention it in post #25)
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Old 11-03-2014, 04:58 AM   #67
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The silicone was only put in as a Temp fix and will be replaced next summer. Something's had to make due because of the fall in temps and availability.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:05 AM   #68
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I think I will get ours weighed next summer when we head out to Keji - a weighing station is on our way and wouldn't take long - curious to know - we travel quite light and carry no water.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:10 AM   #69
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I just went to our local land fill. It did cost me $10 but a piece of mind.
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Old 11-03-2014, 05:14 AM   #70
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That's very cheap for peace of mind I always pay extra for peace of mind - some people think I'm crazy. We have a metal scrap dealer on the way to Keji in Paradise - going to stop in there.
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