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Unread postby mikhen on Sat Jun 07, 2008 1:59 pm

When we returned from our recent camping trip, we had some damage on the inside of our TT. We noticed the drawer was halfway open and the side of the cabinet was buckled. 1st thing I thought, I cranked the stabilizers too far. That wasn't the case. Then I thought maybe because of the change of temperature, and maybe the board was too tight to begin with, it buckled from expansion. But, why didn't it happen last year??? I fixed it, last 2 pics, but I'd still love to hear some input on what happened. :?: :?: :?:

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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby Zinger on Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:03 pm

Any chance the slide or something between the slide caught it when retracting??
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby Mike in Calgary on Sat Jun 07, 2008 2:29 pm

I had a similar problem on the side of our queen bed in our Pilgrim. The only thing I could figure out was that the board was actually cut about 1/4" too long and the factory put it on like that anyway. I took it off, cut it to the right length and glued and finish nailed it back on. End of problem.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby skipnchar on Sat Jun 07, 2008 4:03 pm

It looks like some kind of moisture damage to me. Possibly materials swelled due to excess humidity (provided there is no signs of a leak near-by). It could ALSO be that they didn't leave enough spacing when attaching paneling. thin paneling always swells from temp or humidity changes and must be compensated for when building.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby mikhen on Sat Jun 07, 2008 5:09 pm

Nothing around it was wet, and there was nothing between it and the slide. I also cut the panel short and put a piece of trim over the short cut to act as an expansion joint, in the last 2 pics it's at the bottom. It also puzzles me why the drawer was open when we got home. Whatever happened, it popped the glue and pulled the staples right through.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby Zinger on Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:34 pm

I think there is a certian amount of frame flex possibly pulling out on uneven ground ?
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby Zinger on Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:36 pm

what does the manufacturer say?
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby mikhen on Sat Jun 07, 2008 6:58 pm

I don't know if it's been done or not, but even before this happened, I though about putting a video camera back there just to see what goes on.

Also, Zinger...no wonder you have so many posts, you post things twice. :lol: :D :roll: Just kidding.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby Zinger on Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:08 pm

yeah I see that and I cant delete one oh well . I like the video cam idea
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby mikhen on Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:16 pm

OK, some how your second message changed. I fixed it without even calling the manufacturer. It's out of warranty anyway. It's just something that I would like to know what happened.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby Zinger on Sat Jun 07, 2008 7:25 pm

mikhen wrote:OK, some how your second message changed. I fixed it without even calling the manufacturer. It's out of warranty anyway. It's just something that I would like to know what happened.


the manufacturer might know why this would happen so you can sleep at night!
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby jp rver on Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:03 pm

Mike in Calgary wrote:I had a similar problem on the side of our queen bed in our Pilgrim. The only thing I could figure out was that the board was actually cut about 1/4" too long and the factory put it on like that anyway. I took it off, cut it to the right length and glued and finish nailed it back on. End of problem.


When I saw the pics, this was my first thought as well. Someone at the factory must have used my method for fitting things together, "if it don't fit, force it!" :lol:

Even just an 1/8th inch too long will cause this type of thing to happen. Not knowing if moisture was an issue or not, trimming the piece a bit would have been my first step.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby mikhen on Sat Jun 07, 2008 9:40 pm

jp rver wrote:
Mike in Calgary wrote:I had a similar problem on the side of our queen bed in our Pilgrim. The only thing I could figure out was that the board was actually cut about 1/4" too long and the factory put it on like that anyway. I took it off, cut it to the right length and glued and finish nailed it back on. End of problem.


When I saw the pics, this was my first thought as well. Someone at the factory must have used my method for fitting things together, "if it don't fit, force it!" :lol:

Even just an 1/8th inch too long will cause this type of thing to happen. Not knowing if moisture was an issue or not, trimming the piece a bit would have been my first step.


I agree with this, but why didn't it happen last year?
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby jp rver on Sat Jun 07, 2008 10:43 pm

mikhen wrote:
jp rver wrote:
Mike in Calgary wrote:I had a similar problem on the side of our queen bed in our Pilgrim. The only thing I could figure out was that the board was actually cut about 1/4" too long and the factory put it on like that anyway. I took it off, cut it to the right length and glued and finish nailed it back on. End of problem.


When I saw the pics, this was my first thought as well. Someone at the factory must have used my method for fitting things together, "if it don't fit, force it!" :lol:

Even just an 1/8th inch too long will cause this type of thing to happen. Not knowing if moisture was an issue or not, trimming the piece a bit would have been my first step.


I agree with this, but why didn't it happen last year?


Possibly it finally vibrated loose, or you hit a pot hole, I don't know really.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby csham on Wed Jun 11, 2008 10:06 am

Is that you shore power cable that I see in there on the second picture? Is it possible that when you where feeding the cord back in that it pushed the drawer out a little bit and then the movement going home caused the drawer to bounce and twist?
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby Limey on Wed Jun 11, 2008 3:23 pm

csham wrote:Is that you shore power cable that I see in there on the second picture? Is it possible that when you where feeding the cord back in that it pushed the drawer out a little bit and then the movement going home caused the drawer to bounce and twist?

If you are correct about it being the shore cable you may well be right - A caught cable being pushed in may have popped the wall panel off too. My 5er has an enclosed compartment for the cable, so I never see it. Not seen one, where it is 'exposed' like that, before.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby mikhen on Wed Jun 11, 2008 4:04 pm

Yes that is the shore power, and this is something I thought about. This was the 1st time the W(I can't use the D anymore) put the cord back in when we packing up. When we got home, it didn't want to pull out. When I went in to fix the problem is when I discovered the other problem. But, there are plumbing lines that you can't see in the pics, the cord was actually stuck under the lines and not next to the drawer. I guess it doesn't matter now, it's fixed. I have a new discovery in the TT to do some worrying about.
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Re: Damage with pics

Unread postby The Wood Tinker on Mon Jun 16, 2008 1:25 am

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