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Old 08-29-2016, 06:46 PM   #1
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The importance of checking the rig.

I'm in the habit of checking my trailer before and after a trip. This past weekend we took a short trip, about 60 miles round trip. While doing my post trip ispect and fix routine I found the plastic wiring support under my kitchen slide was torn and holding on by about 1/16" of plastic. If it had let go I think all the wiring and gas lines would gotten tangled in the wheels. That would have been a mess to fix. The thing is I checked this before we left. It's a common problem so I always look but it was fine before we left. I'm just glad we made it home before something bad happened. Now on with the fix.
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Good catch! Thanks for reminding us to be vigilant.
I caught an insulated waterline that had been pinched in the slide bundle similar to that.

Be well.
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Seems like a lot of hoses and wires for just one plastic support to hold.
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Old 08-29-2016, 09:07 PM   #4
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It's the kitchen slide and you are right it is a lot. Too much.
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Good catch. That could have caused a lot of headaches. I think a metal bracket of some sort would be a good fix.
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Chief - Had you found it before the return trip; could you have temporarily held things together with just tie wraps to make it home? I am asking because this looks like something I'd like to be ready to deal with and I want to see if there is anything you'd recommend adding to the tool kit in order to "get by" until a proper repair could be made.

By the way, saw your repair with the L bracket on the other post; looked great; hope it did the trick. You take great pictures to illustrate what is going on; very helpful!
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Good catch. That could have caused a lot of headaches. I think a metal bracket of some sort would be a good fix.
Actually I did make a metal bracket that rotates around a bolt to relieve the stress on the plastic. I'm hoping it's going to work.
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Chief - Had you found it before the return trip; could you have temporarily held things together with just tie wraps to make it home? I am asking because this looks like something I'd like to be ready to deal with and I want to see if there is anything you'd recommend adding to the tool kit in order to "get by" until a proper repair could be made.

By the way, saw your repair with the L bracket on the other post; looked great; hope it did the trick. You take great pictures to illustrate what is going on; very helpful!
I have been carrying some long very heavy duty wire ties, drill bits and a drill for this repair. That would have allowed me to make a temporary repair no matter where a break showed up by creating a hinge with the wire ties. You could also tie the bundle up just to get home. Another great thing to carry with you is Gorilla tape. That could also be very helpful in this instance. I probably carry to many tools with me but so far I've been able to fix everything that has broken on trips.
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That's a better fix than what I used to do with a door hinge, bolting it to both sides of the plastic. Our last fifth wheel (Redwood) they finally got wise and did something like you did.
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