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 "A" pillar cover blocked from going into proper position by plastic headliner.


White steel of van body showing. Sun visor mounting point at left edge of picture.


Headliner out of position, blocking the sun visor mounting hole. Something in the RV outer shell is blocking the headliner from moving into its proper position.
Customer was able to move the headliner over part way and then trimmed the headliner material to allow access to the sun visor mounting hole.


Overhead shelf in place.
Sun visor mounting hole underneath headliner.


There appears to be a leak in the shower plumbing between the hot/cold valves and the shower head. This picture shows water collecting on the bathroom floor where the side wall, shower wall and floor meet. This fix will require removing the shower walls to access the pipes.


The battery box is located under the steps at the side door. A wiring harness under the battery box is hanging about half way down to the ground.  An object sticking up in a campground could easily tear the wires loose. These wires provide power to the retracting side step. The wires should run around the side of the battery box out of harms way and be secured. The harness is not long enough to do this.

Just inside the side door is the electrical switch panel. The screws that hold the switch panel to the "wood" panel are tearing loose due to the vibration and shock loads imparted while driving down the road. The panel the screws thread into is quite thin, affording very little engagement surface with the screw, less than two turns. Once the screws tear loose, there is no longer anything to thread back into. All of the screws on this panel are tearing loose.




 This wiring harness supplies power to the lights and outlets in the slideout. It was not secured properly at the factory and did not stay in place (hidden) when the slideout was operated. During a major repair of the slideout by the dealer, this harness was secured properly. It could not be corrected without removing the entire slideout.

There appears to be a leak in the propane plumbing. After sitting for several days with the propane tank shut off valve closed, the supply lines to the Onan generator loose their propane content and fill with inert fresh air. When the valve is opened and the start cycle initiated, the generator cranks for 15-20 seconds before pumping out the non-volatile fresh air and finally getting propane to run on.
Normally an RV generator will start in 2-3 seconds of pushing the start button. The logical conclusion is that the lines are defective or fittings are loose. This poses a safety hazard.  

The slideout has required removal and repair by the dealer. According to their  repair order, mounting hardware used at the factory was incorrect and failed during use. Damage occurred to the bottom surface of the slide out and was repaired by fitting aluminum strips at each roller location.

Currently the slideout does not 'slide', so much as grind and shutter as it moves. The amount of power required pulls the battery voltage low enough for the slideout control unit to shut down, making it necessary to run the propane generator to provide enough power. This is not normal. Other RVs we have tested have slideouts that move quietly and smoothly under battery alone.
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This picture shows the upper part of the slideout fitting tightly against the  RV body.
This picture shows the lower edge of the slideout not in place against the RV body.

Slideouts operate by means of two motors mounted in the RV body driving two vertical drive shafts mounted at the front and back of the slideout.
Each shaft drives an upper and lower pinion gear.
On each shaft, the pinion gears engage two gear racks attached to the slideout body.
For the slideout to seal tightly against the RV body, each pinion gear pair must engage the upper and lower gear rack in proper time.
This slideout appears to be out of time by one or two teeth.   

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