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Old 11-18-2011, 12:03 PM   #15
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I have seen deck hatches for exterior access, but not a water tank! Thanks
Donna. That makes it so much easier to get the dead mouse out!
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Old 11-18-2011, 06:30 PM   #16
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Pat a number of people have the same concerns as you... stanky water and moldy "stuff." Getting into the tank and wiping it dry would take care of the problem.

If you go this route, please post pics!
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Old 12-27-2011, 07:50 PM   #17
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Thank you for the info, My Deck Plates ,is here so I can put it in soon
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Old 12-27-2011, 08:37 PM   #18
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Converter and or solar regulator

If I were starting from scratch I would focus on a good quality solar regulator that has at least 3 charging cycles and a 10 amp battery charger for when shore power is available. This is an important decision and it will pay to do your homework. Your solar system will provide years of FREE energy if you do it correctly.
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Old 01-22-2013, 12:39 PM   #19
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After a small blip of a year......we found time and money to get back to the renovation. Guess I am the slug of renovators.

Doodling and thinking is over. Now that the weather is frigid, it is time to do the rebuild. (A little cash helps too). Thanks to everyone for all their posts. They give me great motivation.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:13 PM   #20
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After a small blip of a year......we found time and money to get back to the renovation. Guess I am the slug of renovators.

Doodling and thinking is over. Now that the weather is frigid, it is time to do the rebuild. (A little cash helps too). Thanks to everyone for all their posts. They give me great motivation.
Pat, great to see you back and wishing you luck on your renovation.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:32 PM   #21
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Pat, great to see you back and wishing you luck on your renovation.
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Old 01-26-2013, 01:35 PM   #22
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Pat I second and third that, WELCOME BACK! I have had to take breaks on mine as well. Life...
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:11 PM   #23
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Well you start and somehow it goes on and on...
I thought I would pull off that old solar panel. When I pulled off the old carpet, I found the bolts glassed over. Well the panel does work, so I guess the solar panel will go forward. Maybe I can add wiring for a movable panel.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:19 PM   #24
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So we start cutting the fiberglass. I am using a hack saw to remove the mid-line ridge. A grinder would make way too much dust at this time. Since I removed the windows, I have found that some of the leaks were caused by lack of fiberglass and shrinkage of gaskets at the corner radius. I think they cut the window holes too big at construction. Some of the window glass is really just resin a few mm thick. The halves have about a 1/8" offset.
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Old 01-27-2013, 06:35 PM   #25
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When you get tired of one job, your mind wanders. Oh look, more fiberglass to cut up. I think my previous life was a fiberglass termite. The closet is on my hit list to modify. I removed the old heater. Too rusty and old. Got a Mr. Buddy heater if I really need to heat it up. The void space next to the wheel well has been cut to accept 2 drawers and the side will be modified with a panel to accept a folding screen door. The original was a zippered screen. Someone made a very nice folding screen (Raya?), but I have to make a square hole. I can not do a curved screen to mirror the door. Maybe one of the cabinet makers has the skills, but I don't. That would be way cool......
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Well you start and somehow it goes on and on...
I thought I would pull off that old solar panel. When I pulled off the old carpet, I found the bolts glassed over. Well the panel does work, so I guess the solar panel will go forward. Maybe I can add wiring for a movable panel.
One option is to leave the elevator bolts untouched in the roof, but remove the Philips head screws from each end of the solar panel mount. With these screws removed, you can remove the end pieces and gently slide the glass out.

I found that the mount was sturdy, so I added two cross bars, which I mounted the 60 watt panel to.
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Old 01-27-2013, 08:33 PM   #27
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Thanks for the great idea. It is great to know the mount is reusable. I will have to upgrade the wire though.
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:11 AM   #28
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Following Tom's guidance, I pulled the solar panel. It did not come easily, but the panel finally surrendered. The rails are very sturdy. I also pulled the vent to put in a fantastic fan. However, there is a slight rocker I need to deal with. The halves do not line up exactly on any axis. Since the old vent had a metal flange, you could bend it to meet the surface. I will have to cut a wood gasket, then sand it to meet the surface and glass it on.

If anyone has a better suggestion, PLEASE feel free to jump in. The gap bevels from the center to 1/4" on the outside edge. It can not be too thick I do have to get the trailer out of the garage . Maybe I should find a piece of scrap fiberglass? Since I am new at this, all suggestions are welcome.
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