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    Senior Member ihsolutions's Avatar
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    Filon Damage

    An old timer once told me, there are two types of people in RV'ing. Those who have made a mistake that caused damage to their RV, and those who haven't, YET.

    After several years in the later club, I have now joined the former.

    I carry random pieces of lumber in the bed of my truck for leveling, etc. Mostly 2x6's and some 2x4's, mostly short sections. Sometimes though, a 2" increase in height puts you off-level in the opposite direction. So I made up some 1x4 pieces and threw those in the bed, for those occasions.

    Being lighter, the wind must have grabbed one of them and it tore a 4" hole in the filon skin around the pin box. This is especially painful for me, because that entire 8' square piece was just replaced by Heartland a couple weeks earlier, after my frame was reinforced to reduce flex.

    A replacement piece of filon is $225 and it costs $200 additional for freight to get it to my house. Then comes the long weekend to install it.

    I decided instead to find an quicker but still effective solution. I bought a RV "utility" box which has a solid panel inside, and you are supposed to knock-out the amount you want for access. I left the whole panel in. I enlarged my hole to fit the box, putty taped it in, and screwed it in. Worked perfectly! It's clearly not stock but you can't see it unless you're looking for it. I'm normally a fix-it-like-new type of guy, not a band-aid hack artist, but in this case the amount of work involved (and cost) made the decision for me.
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    Re: Filon Damage

    Hehehe, pretty slick. Not being a fiver owner, I probably would have thought that it was supposed to be there.
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    Re: Filon Damage

    Nicely done!
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    Re: Filon Damage

    Now that is an idea that will go in my log book. First not to do and then to do.
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    Re: Filon Damage

    Very nice! And hey, you may actually "need" to see inside there sometime, and you have an access point to do so!

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    Re: Filon Damage

    Filon? a new word in my vocabulary


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    Re: Filon Damage

    I have lost small pieces out of the bed of the truck when towing also. The turbulence created by the nose of the fiver creates tremendous uplift and will pick light things right out of the bed.

    Nice recovery on the repair, looks like it is supposed to be there.

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    Doug S
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    Re: Filon Damage

    Nice fix. I guess I don't have to worry about hitting anything anymore, I just have to install a little door over the damage. I can see the sides of my RV covered in a few years.

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    Re: Filon Damage

    Good fix and idea.

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    Re: Filon Damage

    Pretty neat. I wonder if you could use it to store anything like a light weight extension cord.
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