Originally Posted by D and E Boler
Its been raining here for a few days so I left it outside to test for leaks
-Plexi glass windows
are leaking at the middle at the bottom. Not very much but enough to annoy me. I may get some caulking just for that area. There is a hairline gap there.
-The side windows
are leaking slightly as well. One side very bad to the point that the dinette cushion is quite wet. Unfortunately the previous owner appeared to have used silicon around the windows
. The strange part is that the water was in the tray that holds the screen..I am thinking maybe it wasn't closed tight enough.
I have brought the trailer into the garage now.
Checked and tested all wiring inside and everything is good. Some lights
only work with a 12v battery
. It is a little hoaky but seems to do the job.
I have taken a picture of the rear frame like the one from the Buyer's guide. It appears be straight to me..
I am going to make sure all bolts holding the frame to the frame are good to prevent future damage. (Sorry..cannot figure out how to rotate uploads, so you can save it to your computer then rotate to view better.)
The diameter of my tires
are just under 24". I measured the distance from the frame to the ground and it appears to be 8"..
The door hinges are definitely worn. The springs, etc are gone and have been replaced with other bolts. It looks to be causing stress marks on the door area.
I am thinking of ordering the axle
and hinge parts from Paul in Ontario. Has anyone dealt with him in the past? If so, is the axle
good build quality? Or has anyone in BC replaced their axle
and know of a good shop to go to to get one made to match the original?
Thanks for all the replies. They have been very helpful.
Looking at the frame picture it looks OK, but really hard to tell from just pictures. Axle definitely needs replacing, a new axle with a 10 degree up angle will provide about 11" frame to ground clearance (original stance). PAul is located in Ontario, worth pricing out but shipping could cost a fortune. Standens Springs has a distribution centre in Surrey, they are distributors for both Dexter and FlexiRide axles.. When replacing your axle make sure you get brakes
, well worth the extra cost.
Rather than caulking the plexi windows you could use some butyl tape, just tear off a piece and press it into the gap, won't be the prettiest but should stop the leak until you replace the window and seal, it will also be easier to remove and clean up later.
Your side Jalousie windows
can be rebuilt, they are great windows, probably just the seals and weatherstripping. but the water could also be from the leaking plexi windows, water will travel behind the ensulite and surface some distance from the actual leak.