In two months, we will have had our Micro Lite travel trailer for three years. I still think of it as new! But even so, there has been a few things to fix as we went along. Here’s a couple of repairs we’ve done recently.
#1 – On the Edge:
Our curved shower doors have magnetic strips along the edges. That way, when the doors are shut, they are tightly closed. The problem was the plastic strip, which is attached to the edge of the doors, continually came off. Now, if it happened when I was in there, I would just pull the edgings apart, reattach half on the other side and hope it would be okay for a while.
But when Dan was in the shower, oh man. I heard so much talking I thought someone was in there with him! I wasn’t too worried though, as he sure didn’t sound very happy. Plus, how could they get in there? After all, it’s a bathroom in a travel trailer!
Well, then I remembered about the shower door edging. Yes, that’s the issue. I think I’ll take a little walk around the campground, come back in about 30 minutes. A little walk can take the edge off. Ha ha.
We did ask our dealer about it once. And for some reason, which I can’t remember, they cautioned us against gluing the edging onto the doors. With our travel trailer being new, we were wet behind our ears, so to speak, and we followed their advice – for a time. Then one day, we decided our dealer was the one who was all wet, and we had to do something.
On that day, we took some clear silicone and put dabs of it in four strategic locations in the channel of each of the edging pieces. Then we pushed the edging back onto the door, careful to align both sides, so they would match up. Our simple fix took care of this very annoying problem.
Now, in fairness, one can see the tiny dabs of silicone – if one knows where to look. But, when Dan’s in the shower, I don’t hear a thing, and I can focus on writing these exciting blog posts. Everybody wins!
#2 – The Electric Slide:
Our second repair was all our own making. Twice (while I don’t want to admit it), something got in the way when moving our slide. I don’t remember if we were putting the slide in or out. I have probably blocked the details in my mind, as a defense mechanism, so as to protect my self-image of being somewhat of a “with-it” person. After all, I can fix the edging on a shower door! Okay, how about I get back on track?
In the first collision, the slide hit a large, heavy item. Our solution, so this wouldn’t happen again, was to transport and store this heavy item in our car. Problem solved.
The second collision involved a pillow. Yes, a pillow! A pillow, which I had put on the bed’s nightstand. While we were driving, the pillow traveled down the nightstand , onto the floor, and right into the slide’s path where it wasn’t seen until later, when we had arrived at our destination, and it was too late. Too late for the slide that is; the pillow was just fine.
The bottom panel of our pantry, the front of the slide, stuck out as it had broken away from it base. The wall’s “finish” was brutally torn away from the wall. It looked terrible. Once again, we had to do something.
First, Dan and I wanted to take off the panel, permanently push the bottom section back in and somehow attach it to its base again. But, we couldn’t get the panel off. Dan tried real hard, but those screws holding the panel on would not budge.
So we went to plan B. Dan held the bottom section out while I squeezed some “Power Grip” down the opening. Then, we used a heavy weight to hold the panel in place overnight. The next morning, I removed all the pealing pieces and painted the exposed area with a brown acrylic paint, eventually giving it a second coat.
It does look much better, and like the shower door dabs of clear silicone, it’s not too noticeable. Time will tell if the bottom panel stays attached to its base.
Now, there’s one more recent repair I want to tell you about; however, that will be the subject of my next post. But I will tell you one thing: There’s still nice people in the world.
I’m sure you already knew that. But when someone you don’t even know, someone you never even met and probably never will, does something to help you out just because, – well, it makes you feel good. And grateful.
Stay tuned for details.