|Old removed seal (note rusted metal "fingers"|
The new style of seal uses metal totally encased inside of a rubber channel, so hopefully should water get under the edge of the rubber, contact with the metal will not break down the holding clip. Also, our tech indicated that he usually sees that a poor job of sealing is done when the rigs are manufactured. He took quite a bit of effort to make sure that the edge of the rubber seal was silicone sealed.
By lunch today our slide out motor had been replaced, along with the removal and installation of a new slide out seal. We were still waiting for HHH Electronics, Inc. to return our OTA antenna which I spoke about in yesterday's blog.
|Top case removed showing gears and circuit board|
|Note corrosion and rust inside case|
I regularly monitor the Tiffin RV Network forum. This is totally owned and run by Tiffin owners and has NO connection to Tiffin Motorhomes, Inc. so it's a great place for unbiased opinions and has been very helpful with keeping abreast and diagnosing problems with our rigs. The forum is open to anyone and contains a wealth of information for anyone who owns any motorhome, or for those thinking about owning a motorhome. I recalled reading a thread on the forum about owner's with a similar problem. Went back to the thread and found that I could order the entire motor/gear assembly and the amplifier circuit board for $26 from AntennaCraft, the distributor of the antenna. Once again, the TRVN forum came to my rescue.
|Larger diameter of new roller on left|
It was now the end of the day and we had one other "more significant" item on our list to be addressed. For this one, a supervisor was called in to make an inspection, and more importantly, discuss who was going to pay for the repair. The good news is that this repair will be a warranty item by Tiffin (although our rig is now 3 years old). The bad news is that it will probably take 3 days to effect the repair. We are much happier with the progression of the repairs today. Sorry, but you'll have to read our blog tomorrow to find out what this repair will entail.
Thanks for stopping by to take a look!