Accident & repairs - Fiberglass RV

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Old 07-01-2021, 01:04 PM   #1
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Accident & repairs

Seems like a separate sub forum on damage and repairs might be a good thing.

Driving on I81 in traffic, all of a sudden there was a tire and wheel laying on the road in front of me. The other lane was full so I had nowhere to go.
My TV cleared it but the bottom of my power tongue Jack caught it and flipped it into my axle, bending the axle by about 15į.
I've replaced the jack and am impatiently waiting on a replacement axle, estimated to take 5 to 7 weeks. It's already cost me two rallies and more to come.
But one more problem. There was water leakage from under my grey tank. To learn more I had to cut away a lot of foam to see how bad it was. Well, I lucked out on this one I think. It seems the plumbing cracked at the junction with the tank.I should have all the fittings in hand and replaced by the weekend. I think, with fingers crossed, there's no damage to the tank and no remaining leak.
I worried about getting the axle order right but learned something important. When I removed the axle I found on it a label containing the Dexter model and serial numbers.
With that information Dexter was able to send a copy of the original invoice of my specific axle from 4 years ago. Wow! Problem solved.
If I may offer some advice, I recommend crawling under your trailer, locating that label, and taking a picture of it, while hopefully it's still legible. Mine was worn enough to be barely legible.
Past owner of 1995 13' Casita, 1994 16' Casita, 2012 Parkliner, 2002 17' Bigfoot.
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Old 07-01-2021, 03:11 PM   #2
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Old 07-01-2021, 05:36 PM   #3
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Walt---sorry for your bad luck!! But thanks for the great advice.

I hope that your axle doesn't take as long as they said...that's most of this summer's camping season gone.

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Old 07-02-2021, 06:30 AM   #4
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Must have been a bad week for I 81. I hit a piece or road debris on the way to DC from upstate NY. Cracked & punched a 3" hole in the front of the gray tank. Looks like a serious plastic welding project!
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Old 07-02-2021, 09:41 AM   #5
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Probably won't work for a 3" hole in a polyethylene grey tank, but I successfully used West System G/Flex 655 to patch several road impact cracks in the lower front side of my polyethylene grey tank.
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