Lakeshore waterfront at Pogradec, Albania.
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Pogradec, Albania.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Shkoder, Albania on May 19th!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Day off today!

Well for me, anyhow. Ruth still has to work. The first Monday in August is a civic holiday in most parts of Canada with Quebec being the glaring exception.

And so I am going to relax and putter around doing some work to Sherman. Not the greatest weather forecast though...cloudy with a 40% chance of rain. But if it rains, I have interior stuff I can do too.

Speaking of doing work to the motorhome, I was fixing the housing that supports the fuel filler neck. It was starting to get a little rusty, and it wasn't fastened to the sidewall properly. And somebody over the years had tried to reseal it with bathroom silicon caulking. and it didn't look nice. Yes, I forgot to get pics so I can't show you what it looked like.

So anyway, I took the housing off and got some Tremclad rust paint and I sanded and painted it. Looked like new. But I also saw why there was a problem to begin with. When Sherman was built, they made the cutout for the housing too big. So the screws that hold it on don't have very much to dig in to and when you attach the fuel filler neck to the housing, there is downward pressure that causes the bottom of the housing to separate from the sidewall of the motorhome. It's not really a problem, it just doesn't look right.

Yes, it looks okay here. But if I tighten those two screws on either side of the filler cap it causes the pressure that pushes out the bottom of the housing.

Three ways that I can see to fix it properly. Shorten the hose that attaches to the filler neck on the inside. Bend the filler neck itself, whcih may not be easy. And/or drill four more holes through the housing and hope that the two new lower ones would be strong enough to hold the bottom in.

I'll ponder on this for a day or two.

In the meantime, I am going to clean out one of the wheel houses where the water gets in when driving in the rain. It's nice and dry under there now, so just have to clean it out and spray some foam sealant in there. That should fix the problem, but it's going to be a messy job. Have to get under there and scrape all the old stuff off while looking up with all the crap falling down. Going to have wear safety goggles so the stuff doesn't get in my eyes.


  1. It's good that you are handy and can fix those types of things. Good luck with all your projects.

  2. I agree with Karen!
    Also, my $.02 on the filler project, I would say try the two holes first, see if that holds, if not then go more evasive with the shorter hose.

  3. Day off??? Sounds like a lot of work and projects to me!


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