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Additions to Motorhome pages:-
1.Fitting New Automatic Water System Pump
2.Winterising the water pump.
3.Water Tank Level Meter-modification to electronic circuit

4.Basin Mixer Taps - tip & how to repair a dripping tap.
5.Extending Fresh Water Drain Tap to Outside

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Due to my age, 80 years old, and health reasons we are forced to give up the pleasures of a motorhome,  and has now been sold.

Description of the motorhome can be seen through out the pages of my web site here.

The MH has MOT until MAR 2017 and its mileage is 109224

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1. Wash basin build fault.  2. Repair pattern piece. 3. Photos of Work in progress
4. Securing fixtures to Caravan Walls. 5.  View of wall plugs used 6. Shower tray repair.



For those who have an Autohomes Wanderer with a corner wash basin. I would advise having a look behind the wash basin cover, which falls to the floor from the wash basin, and check this cut away aperture.

In my Motorhome the shower tray edge had been cut away to accommodate the installation of the water pipes through the floor of the chassis. This meant that any water overflowing would leak into the chassis and the Motorhome floor.




My solution was to produce a shaped plastic piece and glue it on to the shower tray.

Around the pipe apertures, I filled these gaps with flexible bathroom sealer, which would allow removal for maintenance.

A pattern is shown in the above drawing.

Different stages of remedial work.

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Basin being removed.

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Basin removed and looking down at aperture for pipes

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Ready to seal hole

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Hole sealed and ready to place basin back in position

Re: Shower Tray - How to Repair Cracks

I just had to add this snippet, which came from Neil's site:


From: oldman


Hi Keith,

 I came across this snippet sometime ago, and being of an age that saves every thing for 'a rainy day' kept it -

                Many of the trays are poly plastic and they have little or no strength,When we have fitted theses trays in the past we have put a few layers of GRP (fibre Glass) on the back side underneath the tray to give strength,and they have never cracked but Poly plastic by its nature gets brittle from age , heat and exposure,

               When you have an existing crack its a dilemma . We were asked to repair or replace a tray in a Hymer 544 and we estimated the cost ,it was more than the guy could or would afford so we asked him if we could try the remedy of the foam,we got foam of the type used in prosthesis, sets like wood to a very high sheen,we pushed down on the inner part of the crack,put a small wooden wedge in and poured two tumblers full of mixture through the crack, we released the wedge and allowed the two sides of the crack to re-align we then put some plastic, like cling film along the crack and put some weights to keep the crack "together" when the stuff set, we had a small seam of hard foam under the cling film which stripped away quite easily,we then removed the seam like you would see on a ladies stocking years ago, with a Stanley knife blade, the tray was fully water tight, the crack did not stretch any further as we had drilled the obligatory tiny hole at each end of the crack to prevent further splitting and to the best of our knowledge the repair is still functioning today.

                  HTH Regards oldman 

Securing Fixtures to Caravan Walls

       Securing parts to caravan walls can be very frustrating due to the plywood wall  being only 3mm thick.  This was a problem I found when I had to return the wash basin back into position.

       Ensure the screws are never longer than the width of the wall panel! In the wardrobe of my Motorhome an area of the wall is exposed. The inner and outer can be seen. I check the screw lengths here.

       The method I have found to be very effective is to use the plugs obtainable from many DIY shops and shown in the image below.  The left hand one is suitable for the type of wall found in most Motorhomes.  The right hand one is also useful for hanging heavy fixtures.

       In each case the screw should be the same aperture size as the plug or even slightly smaller. They must also be slightly longer than the plug at "Rest."   When the screw bites the extreme tip of the plug it then pulls it, and causes it to balloon behind the ply panel giving a very secure hold to fixtures.  I have found the wall plugs are quite robust and the fixtures can be removed and refitted at will.

       If you find the screw head is to small to hold the fixture then use a washer.  Using a washer is always a good idea as this will improve the hold of plastic fixtures.  The plastic screw covers are a good idea as the over cover hides the screw giving a neat finish.

       At the bottom of the sales package you can see the plugs ready for fitting.  Under the package  title you can see the manufacturers image of how the plug will be contained in the wall.

Rawlplugs, method used to secure Wash basin to caravan wall.

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View of how the plugs are fitted into the caravan wall. These wall plugs are 25mm long
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This shows the plug is secure and holding a bracket. Note the plug has ballooned out to secure the fixture behind the panel.

The plug has been tapped through the panel and is ready for the screw.

Note; The hole is drilled the diameter of the first 12mm, the base section of plug is wider, and is tapped into the panel, to ensure the screw does not revolve when screwing up.

Face of wall plugs in wall panel.
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Not illustrated as it can be seen on the left.

In position, ready for the screw.


Ready to be tapped into position.


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