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Old 01-15-2014, 10:14 AM   #1
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Palazzo Issues..and Hopefully Fixes NOT related to slides

Since the all-encompassing "Palazzo Owners" thread showed interest I started this thread to focus on overall issues topics for Palazzo owners. Since there are other threads focused on slide problems this thread should deal with issues NOT related to slides.
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FYI, this was posted twice and I've removed one of the duplicate threads.

ON EDIT: Sorry, I just realized that this wasn't a direct duplicate and I've restored the thread.

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Since the all-encompassing "Palazzo Owners" thread has been closed I started this thread to focus on overall issues topics for Palazzo owners. Since there are other threads focused on slide problems this thread should deal with issues NOT related to slides.
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I have had two issues that others might watch out for.

1. I always had a problem that when I filled my water tank and waited till a little came out the overflow, the drove down the street about one third of the water would drain out as I drove. I mentioned this to the tech when we were at the factory having the "soot in the bedroom" fixed and the "topic that cannot be mentioned" fixed. He said sometimes the hose on the inside of the tank that is the overflow pipe gets installed too long. He took it out shortened it and all is fine now. I can drive down the road with a full fresh water tank.

2. While we were on the last trip we came back to the coach and couldn't open the door, it was unlocked but would not open. Great fun, Thanksgiving day, dog stuck in the MH and no one to call. After jiggling around with the door for 30 minutes or so it finally just opened. What I found was the the 2 striker bolts sticking out from the door, (easily identified as 2 post with
Philips heads on them) had slightly unscrewed. This causes them to get caught behind the edge of the door frame and keep the door from opening. I screwed them back in tightly and relieved the door frame trim a little for clearance.
Check your striker bolts to make sure they are tight!

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I have had two issues that others might watch out for. 2. While we were on the last trip we came back to the coach and couldn't open the door, it was unlocked but would not open. Great fun, Thanksgiving day, dog stuck in the MH and no one to call. After jiggling around with the door for 30 minutes or so it finally just opened. What I found was the the 2 striker bolts sticking out from the door, (easily identified as 2 post with Philips heads on them) had slightly unscrewed. This causes them to get caught behind the edge of the door frame and keep the door from opening. I screwed them back in tightly and relieved the door frame trim a little for clearance. Check your striker bolts to make sure they are tight! Bill
We had a similar occurrence on our previous coach (Winnebago). Luckily two things were different. We were stuck inside and I had a screw driver inside. Not a good feeling though especially when the DW and the Dawg both want outside (for different reasons of coarse).
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I have had two issues that others might watch out for.

1. I always had a problem that when I filled my water tank and waited till a little came out the overflow, the drove down the street about one third of the water would drain out as I drove. I mentioned this to the tech when we were at the factory having the "soot in the bedroom" fixed and the "topic that cannot be mentioned" fixed. He said sometimes the hose on the inside of the tank that is the overflow pipe gets installed too long. He took it out shortened it and all is fine now. I can drive down the road with a full fresh water tank.

2. While we were on the last trip we came back to the coach and couldn't open the door, it was unlocked but would not open. Great fun, Thanksgiving day, dog stuck in the MH and no one to call. After jiggling around with the door for 30 minutes or so it finally just opened. What I found was the the 2 striker bolts sticking out from the door, (easily identified as 2 post with
Philips heads on them) had slightly unscrewed. This causes them to get caught behind the edge of the door frame and keep the door from opening. I screwed them back in tightly and relieved the door frame trim a little for clearance.
Check your striker bolts to make sure they are tight!

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Excellent information and a bit of humor. Thanks for sharing.
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We had a similar occurrence on our previous coach (Winnebago). Luckily two things were different. We were stuck inside and I had a screw driver inside. Not a good feeling though especially when the DW and the Dawg both want outside (for different reasons of coarse).
I think the problem on ours was the deadbolt. It's a little loose and will sometimes come out of the door slightly. This happens some times even though I just use the door lock when we are out. I just put my key in the deadbolt and hold it unlocked while I open the door latch.

Good info though...I'll check the studs too.
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I was wondering if any of you have found a fix for the sticky compartment locks. Mine are so hard to open that I've even bent my key trying. Any suggestions?
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I was wondering if any of you have found a fix for the sticky compartment locks. Mine are so hard to open that I've even bent my key trying. Any suggestions?
I used WD-40, the can with the small tube attached to the nozzle. Insert key half way and spray along side the key to get it inside the lock. Insert key all the way and turn the lock back and forth several times. This worked for me to loosen up the lock.
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I was wondering if any of you have found a fix for the sticky compartment locks. Mine are so hard to open that I've even bent my key trying. Any suggestions?
TriFlow or silicone spray are excellent lubricants. If you can find it, CorrosionX is excellent and helps prevent corrosion. When I lived in South Florida we used to say "CorrosionX is your friend" for all the locks, hinges, and other places we used it.
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The one week I had possession of our Palazzo... there was a couple of things I noticed right off the bat. On the 33.2 there was this small board covered with carpet on the corner of the floor and just behind the passenger seat and behind the euro recliner that would just come loose and not stay attached to the wall. I noticed a screw that holds it into the wall just "went into air" To fix this, I took a simple sheet rock anchor and used the same screw to screw it back into the wall. Problem solved.

Another similar problem I found was in the cabinet where the DVD player is there is a receptacle just screwed into the wall "into nothing" I used two sheet rock anchors and the same screwes here. Makes you wonder why Thor did not secure these things properly in the first place.
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Another FIX I came up with was on the dash board. Right on top of the instrumentation cluster there is a plastic (ABS) access cover on top of the dash. this thing was loose and would just rattle. I used a simple small piece of velcro underneath it to help secure it to the dash properly. Problem now FIXED!
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In the front "maintenance" compartment where the generator is I noticed all the wires in the wire looms were just hanging from where ever they were going. I used long wire ties to make these wires more secure and look neat. The way it should've been done to begin with.

The generator chrome exhaust tip as well as the engine exhaust tips were both already rusting. A little chrome polish and wax FIXED those issues.

I could not get enough volume out of the sound bar on the main TV. I noticed they used a "choke" sound suppressor on the RCA connections to it. I removed this and used a standard RCA jumper. Worked perfectly and now we can hear the TV.
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The one week I had possession of our Palazzo... there was a couple of things I noticed right off the bat. On the 33.2 there was this small board covered with carpet on the corner of the floor and just behind the passenger seat and behind the euro recliner that would just come loose and not stay attached to the wall. I noticed a screw that holds it into the wall just "went into air" To fix this, I took a simple sheet rock anchor and used the same screw to screw it back into the wall. Problem solved.

Another similar problem I found was in the cabinet where the DVD player is there is a receptacle just screwed into the wall "into nothing" I used two sheet rock anchors and the same screwes here. Makes you wonder why Thor did not secure these things properly in the first place.
I know what you mean. My Georgetown (Forrest River) had a couple of sockets just screwed into the paper thin panel not secured to a stud or something. The result is the whole socket floppy loose about the second time you try to plug something in. I secured one from inside the storage space with a piece of 2x2...couldn't get to the other.
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