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Old 08-03-2019, 05:59 PM   #1
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Default Couple of 2307C repair/modification questions

1. The half wall between the rear dinette bench and the closet in the bathroom is separating from the curb side inner wall - the gap is currently about 1/4 inch at the top rail. I'm considering pulling the half wall tight up against the inner wall with a pipe clamp and reinforcing that area with a couple of 90 degree brackets screwed into the upper wall rail and cross-bolted through the end of the half wall outboard of the slot the divider drops down into. Anyone ever dealt with this issue, and/or have any thoughts as to whether this is a workable fix?

2. We generally keep the front sofa made up as a bed full time and park our roller suitcases under it, which makes access to the storage drawer under the sofa on the curb side really difficult. I'm considering converting the drawer front to a drop-down door matching the one on the street side, and adding a hatch in the front wall that would make that area accessible from outside when the top is raised. Does anyone know if there are any structural members or electrical lines traversing that area that would be in the way of cutting a hatch opening about 12 to 18" tall by 24 to 30" wide in the lower outer curbside corner of the front wall?
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Old 08-07-2019, 01:17 PM   #2
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As for adding a hatch - interesting idea. I would ‘guess’ (emphasis on guess) that if you mirrored the arrangement that is the access panel on the driver side for all of the water connections that you would miss structural elements. However, a stud finder could probably locate the steel support beams that make up the key elements before you get started. My experience with the top half suggests there aren’t as many as you’d think...

Neat idea, good luck with it.
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Old 08-07-2019, 07:30 PM   #3
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oldcarguy, is it possible to use a length of angle iron vertical to hold the walls together? Seems that angle iron would give it more support than brackets. I did this type repair on my 29' HiLo. It was the outside wall and the fridge wall that my monitor panel was mounted to. I covered the angle iron with wood grain contact paper that "kinda" matched the woodwork. Just a thought.........

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Old 08-11-2019, 11:06 PM   #4
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Doesn't look like it's going to work to pull the outer wall in and tie it into the dinette / bathroom closet wall - the dinette wall is not structurally robust enough.

I spent much of the day today fabricating brackets, chasing down hardware, etc, got the reinforcements and brackets installed, took the big pipe clamp off and within 3 minutes the dinette wall had started to pull apart.

So, back to the drawing board - I think the best bet is going to be a cosmetic fix - find some oak cove molding, fit it into the back corner of the dinette where the wall gap is and build a filler piece to close up the gap at the top of the wall along the inner top rail, stain it all to match the interior and call it done.

On the hatch, a stud finder doesn't indicate any vertical or horizontal structural members in that area of the wall, but before I cut any holes in the outer skin, I'll drill a series of (very) small holes at 1/2 inch intervals across the inner wall in the section where the hatch would go. If I don't hit anything, next step will be to cut the inside hole - if the area is clear, proceed with the outside hole.....
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we had the same wall separation issue way back when Hi-Lo was still open. I contacted Filon, the outside panel manufacturer, they said the only way to correct the separation was to separate them, reapply the adhesive then repress the two back together. We traveled from our home here in Florida to Butler where the Hi-Lo repair center was. They were able to repress the two walls together and it hasn't happened again since. Maybe the new Hi-Lo Trailer Company is able to reattach the walls for you.
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