Linda & Dale,
The door on our 2000 17' FD has an aluminum skin which has been dimpled with a slight crack. In our case, a little bondo would fix it. The biggest problem would be duplicating the texture of the original. One could
disassemble the door and replace the entire skin, but it doesn't bother me that much. A little white caulking to prevent water from getting into the door would be a functional fix, particularly if the caulk is a type which can be painted.
Considering the sink, we've not had it crack, but have
wondered if there wasn't a good way to make the sink stronger. Vertical corner gussets would still allow the sink to flex along the curve of the rim. A piece of conduit bent to match the curvature of the sink lip, and placed behind the lip might help if the ends of the tubing were flattened and bent down. If the bent part was long enough to accomodate 2 rivets and the whole bracket were painted white it would not hardly be noticible. Another possiblity which would be easier to make would also utilize conduit. It would also require flattening each end. One bracket end would be centered along the curvature of the lip and the other would hang down at about a 45 degree angle and fasten close to the corner of the bathroom walls. This "gusset" should stiffen the sink.
So far we've been careful enough not to cause a problem, but the sink strength seems to be a kind of "weak link" waiting for the worst possible moment to break.
I'm not in the trailer to check the material of the sink, but if the underside of the lip could be fiberglassed so it joined the bowl to create a flat bottomed tube at least the lip would no longer flex.
Has anyone actually modified their sink? Or for that matter, had to replace the sink?
Now you've aroused our curiosity!
& Ann K.