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Old 07-06-2022, 05:26 PM   #1
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Just finished out maiden voyage and wondering what the typical trouble spots are and how to fix them.

I think the screen door is probably the worst culprit, but didn't come up with a great solution (hand towel between it and the main door). Also the glass stove top cover was terrible but was pretty well solved by putting some clothing in-between to eliminate the "crickets" coming from it.

All but the worst I can deal with, but the SO is very sensitive to these kinds of sounds. So in the pursuit of "Happy Wife = Happy Life" any suggestions?

By the way, "ear plugs" is not a viable solution...
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Invest in a good assortment of bungies and use them to take up the noise generating slack.
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Old 07-06-2022, 05:46 PM   #3
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Velcro and duct tape are your friends.
Rubber mats in the cupboards' too.
Paper towels between the plates.

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Old 07-06-2022, 05:57 PM   #4
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Just finished out maiden voyage and wondering what the typical trouble spots are and how to fix them.

I think the screen door is probably the worst culprit, but didn't come up with a great solution (hand towel between it and the main door). Also the glass stove top cover was terrible but was pretty well solved by putting some clothing in-between to eliminate the "crickets" coming from it.

All but the worst I can deal with, but the SO is very sensitive to these kinds of sounds. So in the pursuit of "Happy Wife = Happy Life" any suggestions?

By the way, "ear plugs" is not a viable solution...
Good luck, I spent a lot of time on mine, biggest culprit was cooktop which wasn't properly secured at manufacture, secured it properly and replaced rubber grommets where grates fit, quiet now. Don't forget to wrap microwave plate in a dish towel. Next was dash, spent about a week taking everything apart and cramming foam padding here and there and applying Dynamat like product to undersides of thin plastic parts to stop the vibration/telescoping of sound. I used a Chassis Ear to help pinpoint rattles and squeaks when they were elusive. One of the worst offenders was the big plastic A pillar cover, some padding where it fits into the dash and a bit of Dynamat fixed that one. Found a couple of loose relays dangling, wrapped them in padding and zip tied. Inserted 1/4" latex tubing into driver's door seal to eliminate thumping and wind noise, have to close it a bit harder now but stopped all the noise. That was a big one for highway noise.
It's still a truck and bumps in the road are going to make a lot of noise but my main goal was to be able to hear my music better which I achieved. The door seal was my biggest improvement in quieting the cab and the cooktop and A pillar were my biggest rattles.
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Old 07-06-2022, 06:01 PM   #5
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I use bags of plastic grocery bags In all of my drawers and cabinets and my refrigerator.
You can pack things real tight for pots and pans or loosely in refrigerator shelves.
Also, I think it helps keep the refrigerator colder longer with air space taken up with bags of bags.
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On the screen: The PO of my rig had strategically placed some black foam tape between the screen door frame and the door. It got to looking pretty grungy so I took it out....not knowing what it was for. Put new tape back real quick.

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Oh Yes, the challenge of silencing the thrashing. Been there, done that with great success. It takes a lot of determination, every rig with it's own unique culprits on top of common causes. Here is my list, what I can recall quickly, much addressed through the use of foam drawer/cabinet liner, and felt pads.

Foam Drawer Liner Sold At Menards
Hold it down using carpet tape, also sold at Menards


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Drawer liner used in every cabinet, drawer, and utensil compartment.

Felt pads used on these items.........
- roof antenna wings
- inside TV between metal shields and such
- inside microwave cabinet
- flip-up counter hinges

Place paper towels between pots and such.

Use Corelle dishware because they stack very tightly (they don't rattle)

Place silicone pot holders on stove grates prior to placing stove cover on.

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It took a lot of determination and numerous trips chasing down sources of noise, but I finally got our rig riding quietly and also comfortably.
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Yep, padded cabinet/drawer liners. I use old dishcloths or washcloths between anything that'd move or make noise. Wrapped the glass microwave turntable in a towel. Pack everything tight.

My worst noisemaker is the silverware drawer. I can't stand plastic utensils. I have to have Oneida flatware. Aside from wrapping each individual fork, spoon, knife to silence them from rattling at every expansion joint on the roads, I haven't figured out how to keep them quiet during the bouncing.
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All of the ideas suggested are tried and true and they make a huge difference .

Time and patience are the key . There will always be a new noise from somewhere , at some point .The trick is to not get discouraged .

For the flatware rattling issue I was able to mitigate it by grouping the flatware by type , spoons , forks , knives . The DW then placed a towel in the silverware tray , I then put rubber bands around each type and placed them on the towel in their respective trays .

No more flatware rattling noise .
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Stovetop, oven wire shelves, kitchen window blind, slatted style, ceramic dishes are common rattle points. Vent Hood flapper, many have a lock, but you have to lock, (some from outside?) and unlock to use? I changed my outside flapper to one with outside lock, but not used yet. The Inside lock still allowed some movement/ noise.
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I might try your rubber band trick, Bill. I've already got them grouped by style in each cubby, but they still rattle around because they're loose in their individual sections. I also should be able to cut the foam shelf liners into little strips to go in the bottom of the plastic compartments to silence further.
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I also should be able to cut the foam shelf liners into little strips to go in the bottom of the plastic compartments to silence further.
Yep! We did that and it does help a lot. The flatware hitting the plastic trays is a lot louder than clanging to each other.

The funny thing about RV thrashing noises. The more you find and solve, the more get revealed. The louder ones drown out the lesser ones.
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