May 29, 2021 at 2:53 pm #3608
I am in the midst of varnish work, but as I check sizes I noticed the sides of the camper have bowed out (on both sides) and the hatch does not line up on either side.
Aesthetically I am concerned, but also this would seem like a water issue as well.
Anyone else had this problem? Any idea how to tweak, adjust or fix? The sides extend outwards about 1/4 to 1/2″ on both sides. Which is of course weird because the hatch was cut off the sides…
-jcMay 30, 2021 at 10:11 am #3610
I have the same problem, so I added some clasps on each side. Now the galley hatch is closed in three points, one on each side.May 30, 2021 at 10:34 am #3611
Ah interesting. Did your’s leak before you did this?
Do you have a link for those clasps?
Thanks so much for your help!June 2, 2021 at 7:00 am #3624
I have not tried the leak test before the clasps because it was obvious that it will leak.
Here is what I usedSeptember 20, 2021 at 12:32 pm #3909marieokayParticipant
Hi Daniel, I have an inherited teardrop with the same problem and thought this looked like an elegant solution for mine too. I wasn’t involved in the build at all, so maybe this is a dumb question, but did you use the drill-fill-drill method even with the holes so close together?September 20, 2021 at 7:54 pm #3913
@marieokay – no, I have not uset the drill-fill-drill method. I just smeared some clearcoat inside the holes.October 24, 2021 at 12:26 pm #3935DeepwoodsParticipant
Trust your galley gutters. That should give you some peace of mind. By way of comparison, look at the gap on any hatchback car; it’s bigger than what you’re showing.October 24, 2021 at 4:50 pm #3938
Thanks for your thoughts everyone.
Quick review…I posted this once I had the hatch mounted, but with no testing. I was really nervous that this looked like it was going to leak bad….
After finishing and using (including some rain) it stays dry. It doesn’t look totally right, since the gap is pretty big. But now that I see how it all works, its fine. I would not add the clasps (to mine) since it works and doesn’t leak.
Thanks again for the thoughts …this forum is really valuable for getting a sense of if things are okay, or are going to be an issue.
-jcNovember 11, 2021 at 11:12 pm #4004tpkrause86Participant
Mine also bowed out but sat flush before i added the automotive style gasket. Had I known this I would’ve tried to position the wood piece it sits on inward more when I installed it. A lot of people use clamps. Mine doesn’t leak much at all so I just left it alone. There’s no easy fix. For mine I would have to cut out the whole wood piece that holds the gasket and reposition it.
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