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Old 03-30-2017, 08:38 PM   #1
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Taking matters into my own hands.

I once worked with a guy who bought a new Cadillac every other year. The first thing he would do is torque and tighten everything he could possibly get to.
I have decided to do the same with my Axis. In the process I have realized, I certainly didn't buy a Cadillac!
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Old 03-30-2017, 10:38 PM   #2
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what is that a picture of?
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Old 03-30-2017, 11:04 PM   #3
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Screws that missed the mark and loose to boot..
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:16 AM   #4
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I've got the same story on my Miramar. I suggest to remove every drawer and access panel and then use a good flashlight. Poke your head (and light) into every place you can and don't be surprised to find screw simply laying on the floor...never installed. Then begin the process outside and under the RV. Every thing from hose clamps to nuts can probably use a little tightening.
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Old 03-31-2017, 12:27 AM   #5
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Dbadger777- Loose screws may be the least of the problems. There are few robots merrily putting RV bodies on chassis. At times the new guy is unsupervised...
Worth your while to check screws, latches, nuts & bolts, electrical connections and plumbing fittings. Look at the sealant around windows, slide gaskets and roof fittings. Loose wiring connections on transfer switches has been a common complaint. Microphone for dash radio left coiled up behind the dash.
Check for wiring pulled tight or crushed. Ducting connections should be checked at the furnace and the vent.
My RV had few problems, but one I corrected was the 12volt wires for the overhead lights are routed thru the aluminum tubing, the holes for the wiring had very ragged edges. I put cable sleeves on all the wires after smoothing the holes.
It's common problem with almost all manufacturers, any distraction or a worker just getting behind can pass problems on to you.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:31 AM   #6
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The picture is a nuclear detonation.
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Old 03-31-2017, 01:59 AM   #7
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That picture is just behind the front, drivers side storage compartment.
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Old 03-31-2017, 03:17 PM   #8
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My military MOS was transportation. In 8 weeks we were taught to not only drive everything from truck-tractor trailers to buses to jeeps, but we learned to do intensive pre-trip inspections. Pre-trip inspections wasn't just check the oil and kick a tire or two. On a military 2 1/2 ton truck for example it would take almost an hour to complete and would involved going underneath and checking every suspension bolt for tightness, etc.


I obviously don't do this type of inspection every morning before leaving a camp ground. However at least twice a year I spend a couple of hours crawling over the entire rig inspecting and torqueing everything I can get to. It is amazing how many bolts need a 1/4 turn or how many wires need secured. Doing this keeps me familiar with my RV plus may head off a problem before it causes a breakdown.
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Old 03-31-2017, 03:53 PM   #9
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I finally "took things into my own hands". Checked under the front end of my Hurricane 31s for the CHF adjustments needed only to find a ball joint fitting blown out. Just like someone posted in Jerry's mod's. I made a new commitment to myself. get under the rig and check everything out. Tighten ever nut and screw. Check every adjustment possible. Fill each grease fitting myself. No one will know my rig better than myself from this day forward. Thanks to everyone that has made posts that will allow me to get me more familiar with my rig.
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Old 03-31-2017, 04:08 PM   #10
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I second the motion to know your rig better than anyone else. That is a new commitment that I will have to make as a soon to be full timer.
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Old 03-31-2017, 06:45 PM   #11
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Screws that missed the mark and loose to boot..
I did notice that. I thought the big brown thing was a turd. I've heard of that happening while having a S&B built, but never knew anybody that found a turd left by the rv manufacturer. Glad to know it wasn't actually a turd.
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