Adding baggage hatches - Fiberglass RV


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Old 09-11-2009, 10:25 PM   #1
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On my boler 1700 there are small access doors to the corner storage compartments, storing long items like axes or even a broom has always been trouble, I solved this by adding some small access hatches to use these otherwise hard to get at storage space. It was a simple job, inexpensive hatches are available on Ebay.
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Old 09-12-2009, 09:12 AM   #2
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On my boler 1700 there are small access doors to the corner storage compartments, storing long items like axes or even a broom has always been trouble, I solved this by adding some small access hatches to use these otherwise hard to get at storage space. It was a simple job, inexpensive hatches are available on Ebay.


Great idea. I'd love to do this with our Scamp. Was is difficult to cut the fiberglass?
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:24 AM   #3
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Great idea. I'd love to do this with our Scamp. Was is difficult to cut the fiberglass?
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The fiberglass cut very easy with a jig saw, watch for power wires and plumbing, after the install I moved the pex pipe in the picture out of the opening. as a added bonus I can see the level in my black water tank as well.
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:53 AM   #4
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How do you give your jigsaw blade a place to start the cut?
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Drill a hole near the corner that is bigger than your jigsaw blade. Put the hole in the area which you will be throwing away. (A wood worker's trick)
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Drill a hole near the corner that is bigger than your jigsaw blade. Put the hole in the area which you will be throwing away. (A wood worker's trick)

Correct! wear a long sleeve shirt and a dust mask the fibers can be irriatating
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Use the outer ring as a template and mark and drill the corner holes from the INSIDE. That way you don't accidentally run into a cross member. Re-mark outside, using the outer ring again, and mask the area with painters tape so as not to scratch anything you want left looking good. If you can't find a fiberglass cutting blade for your jigsaw, a metal cutting one works well. Don't forget to place a layer of butyl tape when attaching the door to keep it waterproof.
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I wrote some fiberglass cutting tips in some of my posts. Look at the three posts starting here, where I talk about doing my U-shaped dinette conversion, and another two posts here, at ther top of my adding a hatch topic, then one more important cautionary note in the same add-a-hatch thread here.
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