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Old 07-31-2015, 04:30 PM   #11
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The Krylon Fusion series of spray paint is specifically formulated to bind to plastic; I spray my vent covers with it to protect from UV damage. Also makes the propane tank color match the white color of the trailer.
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Old 07-31-2015, 04:45 PM   #12
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Could take a piece of plastic rod and drill a hole down the center, then paint the broken ends with clear ABS/PVC pipe glue and stick them in each end. Want me to see if I have a piece of scrap around?
Or put a plastic (or aluminum) tube around the outside and glue. Ours has the holder mentioned by santacruzer. If a tube was used for repair it may not fit the retainer anymore.

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Old 07-31-2015, 04:49 PM   #13
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ETI used to put a clamp-type holder on the trailers to keep that T-bar up against the side of the trailer when not in use. I noticed I didn't get one this time around around on the 19. Another cheap plastic part that's bound to break eventually is the holder for the small outside access doors. When mine go I'll replace with the metal versions.
I used this holder, to hold the access door open, for a few days or a week while doing repairs. Came in one day and found it had popped off. Ours was just glued, some kind of tape, to the fiberglass. I pushed it back on and its held since (I don't used it for extended periods anymore.) It should be easy to pop off and replace if desired.

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Old 07-31-2015, 05:14 PM   #14
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Aerospace protectant. Developed originally for the aviation industry. They like to say it's "spf40 for your stuff".

I've used it for many years. Good stuff.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00KN0...zdL&ref=plSrch
I probably wouldn't have guessed it.
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:14 PM   #15
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T-style plastic door holder
Thank god it is a long weekend, and I am headed camping in short order, 'cause my brain is not working so good. For the life of me, I could not figure out what plastic door had a T-style handle. Donna had me thinkin' that plastic knob on the screen door, and nothing anyone said got me thinking straight, until this post.
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ETI used to put a clamp-type holder on the trailers to keep that T-bar up against the side of the trailer when not in use.
This is what finally clued me in.

Fortunately, even though ours is getting old, it is still working fine. Now protectant, and has never been under cover.

It would be quite easy to just use 4 new blind rivets to reattach a new one.
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:57 PM   #16
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Thanks to you all for the quick and thoughtful responses. We were inspired by certain posts to go to Menards and look around. We came home with clear plastic tubing, 5/16" inside diameter which is exactly the diameter of the broken plastic rod. We cut a length of tubing and forced it onto each of the rod pieces. It is a very tight fit inside the plastic tubing. Didn't use glue even. It seems like it may work just fine and the door holder is working once again with this nearly invisible, quick fix.
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Old 07-31-2015, 05:59 PM   #17
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And once again, forum members came through with a good fix. Now if I only can remember this if it happens to me...
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Old 07-31-2015, 06:04 PM   #18
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ETI used to put a clamp-type holder on the trailers to keep that T-bar up against the side of the trailer when not in use. I noticed I didn't get one this time around around on the 19. Another cheap plastic part that's bound to break eventually is the holder for the small outside access doors. When mine go I'll replace with the metal versions.
Yes, the plastic one on mine had already caught my eye as being potentially an item that would sooner or later break. My Scamp had a metal one which was strong but it was only plated metal and had begun to rust. Still, I guess I'd rather have a strong rusty one than a plastic one. Wonder if they're available in s/s.

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Old 07-31-2015, 06:42 PM   #19
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Be sure that any replacement rivets, screws or metal T-bar can with stand the elements. I was thinking of screws and seemed to recall that the belly band junction is using stainless steel fasteners. Any other opinions on the coating of whatever fastener is used?
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Thanks to you all for the quick and thoughtful responses. We were inspired by certain posts to go to Menards and look around. We came home with clear plastic tubing, 5/16" inside diameter which is exactly the diameter of the broken plastic rod. We cut a length of tubing and forced it onto each of the rod pieces. It is a very tight fit inside the plastic tubing. Didn't use glue even. It seems like it may work just fine and the door holder is working once again with this nearly invisible, quick fix.
Yippee time!
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