New access hatch install? - Fiberglass RV

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Old 09-07-2014, 05:28 PM   #1
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New access hatch install?

Has anyone installed a new outside access hatch door for the dinette storage in a Boler?

I picked up a used hatch door at a swap sale this weekend. Just wondering if someone knows of a good video or photo instruction for doing the new install into the fiberglass body that I could view before I begin measuring and cutting.



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Old 09-07-2014, 05:43 PM   #2
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I cut a larger hatch into my Escape, an easy thing to do. Not sure if the curve of your Boler would be a issue, or not, but I have seen others with them. All you need to do is to hold the hatch into place where it is to go, and trace around the inside rim (on masking tape put on the trailer). You can then cut the fiberglass with a jigsaw, Dremel tool, or something similar that will give you a fairly smooth cut. Then clean the edges up with a bit of sandpaper. Put the hatch back in place, and mark the mounting holes to drill. Put some butyl tape around the edge between the flange and the trailer, then rivet it into place.

Here is a link to a write up I did on the Escape site.

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Old 09-07-2014, 06:17 PM   #3
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Before cutting define the area where the hatch can be mounted. As others have done get some rare earth magnets from Harbor freight. Attach (tape) four magnets to the inside wall of the trailer. Two at the floor and two under the seat support to the fore and aft of your usable space under the seat then attach four magnets to the outside of the shell that lines up with the inside magnet. This will outline your usable space. Makes sure the outside of you hatch flange fits this area because your attaching hardware has should be accessible. Then follows Jim's directions.
If the shell has an extreme curve attach the top and upper sides to the shell. I cut PVC trim lumber to shim out the lower sides and bottom and use butyl tape on both sides of the lower shims.
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Old 09-07-2014, 06:30 PM   #4
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Hatches don't bend! Just make certain your cut is on a FLAT space.
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Old 09-08-2014, 04:12 AM   #5
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Donna's right. You need a flat surface. Peterh did an excellent description of a hatch install here:

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