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TheWanderers 10-18-2017 08:05 AM

Patricia, your work is fantastic and you're doing very well. Yes, the learning curve is steep but the payback is wonderful and your work demonstrates your commitment and dedication to quality. Keep going! You're doing great!

You mentioned POR15 for your hitch and frame I bought some from Amazon in a quart size that work exceptionally well for Laura and I on our Scamp. This product is simply amazing and I highly recommend it for your project.

Good luck and happy camping!

rogerfb 10-20-2017 09:40 AM

Roger
 
Thanks For info you did a good job, I will use some of your Idears on my just purchased 73 Ventura

MurrayC 11-19-2017 11:21 AM

redo
 
Patricia
I have 1976 Ventura.
Totally gutted, same as you have done.
When I removed the floor, I felt this compromised the fiberglass so I put down a new mat of glass. I am glad it has been raining otherwisse I wouldn't have found a problem.
The bottom recessed areas at the front sides. The curve from the wall to the floor area. Water weeped throught he fiberglass with no apparent hole for a length of about 6".
I put down a new fiberglass mat here up the wall 3" and out 3".
I put a hose on this area before I did the repair and it took about 10 minutes for the water to start seeping in. When I did the main floor area I should have brought the glass up the sides a few inches just to be safe.
Good luck.
See my pics in this section.::

understep 05-27-2018 07:57 PM

Tires
 
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Originally Posted by Patricia D. (Post 660147)
After having the trailer in to the shop for new brakes, tires and rims.

Hi Patricia, I'm just wondering what size of tires you had put on and where you had them done?

Patricia D. 05-29-2018 01:16 AM

The mechanic that I went to put on 13 inch wheels. I trust(ed) and hope that they are the correct size. I will have to look into it.
That same mechanic, located in my community, did the brakes as well. I am now on my first trip with the trailer and have had to replace those "new" brakes. On the 2nd day into the trip I began to hear some grinding noises when braking at low speeds and by the 4th day, the grinding had turned into metal on metal screeching. I tried to find a mechanic to look at them but no one had time so I had to risk driving through the rest of the Rockies to the Okanagan where a brake specialist replaced the whole brake system. He found one side worn down to the axle and the other to be not working and the wiring all chewed up. There was no sign that the bearings had been packed and the grease was filthy.
So, I would clearly not recommend my mechanic. Metro Trailer on Nairn Ave in Wpg, has been recommended to me though I have no experience of them.
Hope this helps.

LindaandPat 05-29-2018 10:21 AM

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Originally Posted by Patricia D. (Post 699139)
The mechanic that I went to put on 13 inch wheels. I trust(ed) and hope that they are the correct size. I will have to look into it.
That same mechanic, located in my community, did the brakes as well. I am now on my first trip with the trailer and have had to replace those "new" brakes. On the 2nd day into the trip I began to hear some grinding noises when braking at low speeds and by the 4th day, the grinding had turned into metal on metal screeching. I tried to find a mechanic to look at them but no one had time so I had to risk driving through the rest of the Rockies to the Okanagan where a brake specialist replaced the whole brake system. He found one side worn down to the axle and the other to be not working and the wiring all chewed up. There was no sign that the bearings had been packed and the grease was filthy.
So, I would clearly not recommend my mechanic. Metro Trailer on Nairn Ave in Wpg, has been recommended to me though I have no experience of them.
Hope this helps.

Oh my Pat . I just read your post . I am so glad you made it through the mountains . Unfortunately there are people like what he did or didn't do to your trailer . I believe in Karma . Just so glad you are alright and your trailer is on the mend . Pat and Linda

LindaandPat 05-29-2018 10:31 AM

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Originally Posted by LindaandPat (Post 699160)
Oh my Pat . I just read your post . I am so glad you made it through the mountains . Unfortunately there are people like what he did or didn't do to your trailer . I believe in Karma . Just so glad you are alright and your trailer is on the mend . Pat and Linda

Pat ,Linda and I just talked , the heck with Karma . That mechanic needs to be reported to your authority. Also any money you paid he needs to repay . Patand Linda

Patricia D. 05-30-2018 04:21 PM

Thanks. I have the brakes that he installed as proof. I am also going to get a statement from the mechanic that redid them, outlining what he found when he took them apart. Then I am going to get a lawyer to sent him a "request" for a refund of the money and after that we will see what happens. For one thing, he is a CAA (like your AAA) certified mechanic and that should definitely be revoked.

John in Michigan 05-30-2018 04:50 PM

Pat, just read through your thread, and wanted to comment on your brake and bearing issues. Based on issues I've had with my FGRVs, I would suggest you also consider:

- One of the brakes may have been faulty when your mechanic installed it. I had similar symptoms and problems with brand new dexter brakes (factory installed on a brand new axle!). I finally determined that the clip holding the brake magnet on the left brake had come loose, and this was causing the right brake to do all of the work and overheat, etc.
- While the second mechanic said that the bearings were filthy, was this actually causing any issues? Bearings generally only have to be serviced every 10,000 miles. Also, did you ask the first mechanic to service the bearings?

Just things to consider as you proceed.

Anyway good luck with your beautiful camper!

LindaandPat 05-30-2018 07:45 PM

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Originally Posted by Patricia D. (Post 699257)
Thanks. I have the brakes that he installed as proof. I am also going to get a statement from the mechanic that redid them, outlining what he found when he took them apart. Then I am going to get a lawyer to sent him a "request" for a refund of the money and after that we will see what happens. For one thing, he is a CAA (like your AAA) certified mechanic and that should definitely be revoked.

Pat , good you are going to follow up . Patand Linda

Patricia D. 05-30-2018 10:23 PM

Hi John,
When I took it to the first mechanic I asked that the following be done: New tires and check that everything was okay and to do the bearings, NEW brakes, install break away cable and to extend the what I believe is called the umbilical cord which was too short and came out when going around corners.
When I picked it up he said he did not have time to wait for new parts so rebuilt the brakes, he did the tires and I assumed he had done the bearings. He had put on the break away unit and done the wiring. However the running and tail lights were not working(though they were when I took it in) After having his assistant work on it for about 1/2 and hour he told me he did not have time to fool around with it and to take it elsewhere. Such was his attitude and work ethic.

LindaandPat 05-31-2018 12:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Patricia D. (Post 699299)
Hi John,
When I took it to the first mechanic I asked that the following be done: New tires and check that everything was okay and to do the bearings, NEW brakes, install break away cable and to extend the what I believe is called the umbilical cord which was too short and came out when going around corners.
When I picked it up he said he did not have time to wait for new parts so rebuilt the brakes, he did the tires and I assumed he had done the bearings. He had put on the break away unit and done the wiring. However the running and tail lights were not working(though they were when I took it in) After having his assistant work on it for about 1/2 and hour he told me he did not have time to fool around with it and to take it elsewhere. Such was his attitude and work ethic.

Pat don't forget the running and tail lights that quit working .you don't want the bearing grease to be filthy .the dirt will wear the bearings and race . Bet I am sure you already know that . This is information for the other fellow . This could of turned out badly , sorry Pat . Go get him ! Pat and Linda

Glenn Baglo 05-31-2018 12:38 AM

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Originally Posted by Patricia D. (Post 699139)
He found one side worn down to the axle and the other to be not working and the wiring all chewed up.


How does one wear the brakes down to the axle? :confused:

Patricia D. 05-31-2018 09:05 AM

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Originally Posted by Glenn Baglo (Post 699303)
How does one wear the brakes down to the axle? :confused:

Obviously I have usied the wrong terminology. The centre of the brake assembly that goes over the axle was damaged, the bearings were destroyed. There was also an issue with the magnet. I have to have a look at the damaged brakes now that I am a few days and a good rest removed from the incident.

Patricia D. 04-14-2019 02:26 PM

I have had some questions about my rebuild so have put together an album. It can be found on my profile page (Patricia D.) or here:
Fiberglass RV - Patricia D.'s Album: Ventura rebuild 2016-2018

if you want a beginning to end view of the process, you have to start at the last picture- a quirk of the system that the pics load backward.


Descriptions can be found for some of the pictures below the enlargements.

David B. 04-14-2019 09:44 PM

That is a true resurrection, but better than original.
Dave & Paula


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