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Old 07-25-2013, 03:38 AM   #1
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Beaver Contessa wall construction

Hello, we have a '93 Contessa with a couple of problems: 1) driver side mirror screws failed due to moisture and 2) backup camera system failed

re: mirror...... moisture got inside wall and softened the wood backing for the screws. I need to replace but don't know how the side/wall is constructed. it's almost impossible to get behind it under dash. anyone know what's inside? Also the 2 lags that hold main awning leg to side of RV just outside bathroom have pulled loose, probably similar issue.

re: camera..... would like to replace system but wonder if there is any way to run cable from front to back on a finished Beaver?

Thank you for any thoughts.... jg
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:43 AM   #2
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Wood & Camera

I would try some Get-Rot and a syringe on the rotted wood. Might be just a band-aid but it did work on my boat when I had problems with some of the wood I could not replace.

The camera cable can probably be reused. When my camera system was replaced, I found some adaptors to fit the old cable and new dash monitor. That way I did not have to figure out how to run new cable. Check with the new system manufacturer and see what they offer.
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Old 07-25-2013, 05:57 AM   #3
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The mirror on my 04 Discovery would shake to the point i could not see anything in it. Added a Alum. back plate about 6"x6" No more shaking. This will work for you, not hard to do and looks good, if you need more info i can take a picture and post it.

P.S. screws and good double sided tape will mount it well.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:33 AM   #4
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Mirror fix

Thanks for your replies!

@Sundancer... I broke down and ordered a replacement camera system and hopefully I can do what you suggested by finding adaptors. If not, may have to find an electronics person to figure out the wiring pinouts.

@gio.... like you I do want to put a backing plate in, however, my problem is the "back" side is inside the wall, between the outer skin of the RV and the inner plywood/carpeted wall of the cab near driver. The whole "sandwich" is approx. 3" thick. I can't get a saw or anything down there to cut a hole and expose the wood backing because of the dashboard and it's wiring. That's why I wondered if anyone knew more about the actual wall/skin construction on a typical motorhome.

My only hope on the mirror seems to be to drill all the way through from outside-in, use long machine screws and a backing plate on the Inside of the cab. It's in a spot where the plate and nuts/washers won't show unless you're looking for them.

Thanks again for your responses,

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before you drill all the way through. google 1/4-20 well nuts. they are used to hang the mirrors on large trucks
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Old 07-27-2013, 09:52 AM   #6
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Thanks for the tip! I looked at some of them online and it's a possibility. I need to look at the mirror attachment surface again. The well-nuts have a flange that sits above the RV wall surface so there may need to be a recess in the mirror; otherwise, it won't sit flush on the sidewall. Great idea though and I hadn't heard of them. Also easy availability locally.

Thanks again!
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Old 07-28-2013, 06:47 AM   #7
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The backing plate is on the outside of the wall, between base of mirror and outer wall of Rv. Made of polished alum. , no one knows its not part of the mirror. About a one hour fix.
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