Having been away from RV'ing for the last 12 years made me forget about how well our rigs are built
. Since Julia and I are living full time in the "new" coach, it leaves little time to take her in for warranty work. That being said, I've fixed many things that I would not of expected to be needing to fixed. On my short list was a mis-aligned lounge slide. After some fooling around with the mechanicals, I have got the slide to open properly and now it has a tight seal all around. How it got past quality control is beyond me. It took me a few hours to fix but most of that was figuring out how the whole thing worked.
Water leak at the city hook up. I'm guessing no one ever hooked it up long enough to see that it leaked but again, I took the initiative to remove the panel in the water compartment to find 2 loose connections, water leak GONE. I have not sealed it all up again as I'm waiting for the plywood shelf where the water pump lives to dry out.
Odor from the Black tank. This was an on going problem that seemed to have no solution, well, not until yesterday. Seemed that every time we ran the heater we'd get black tank odor in the coach. Yesterday I had enough and started to take a serious look around. My first look at the roof vent told the whole (no pun) story. The vent pipe is 1 3/4 dia, the hole for the pipe is 2 1/4 and is not sealed around the pipe. When turning the heater on you get negitive pressure in the interior and it would suck odor from the vent pipe on the roof through the extra large opening around the pipe. MMMmmmm, there's some quality eh? I sealed the hole and added a turbo vent on the pipe. Problem gone.
Am I ranting or just in amazement on how crappy quality in an upper end gas RV is? There is no excuse for these types of quality issues.
A message to new RV owners: From those I have spoke with, this is apparantly normal. Live with it and move on. Don't let it un-do the joy of RV'ing. I'm happy to share my "fixes" should anyone have a need.
Lastly, I have found a double sticky tape that has all but eliminated 80% of rattles in the rig. Made by 3M, called VHB. You can buy it on eBay. It's not cheap but it will hold anything you want together and do it very well. I have used it extensively around cabinets, shelves, electronic equipment and various other anti-rattle missions.
Thanks for the band width.