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#1 OFFLINE   Hempomatic

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 05:20 AM

Travel Lite .......Going into my third season with this piece of shit, it NEVER fails to disappoint me, not just every YEAR, but every trip. Now, the bottom is separating from the top, and the aluminum is rotting away exposing the wood. In addition, the jacks are pulling away from the frame, and the hold down bolt in that corner is flapping in the breeze. I love truck campers, and honestly, for me, the only way to go, but I can't continue with this heartbreak every time I want to go camping !! Now, with the jack ripping out of the frame, I can't even drop the camper at the campsite for fear of coming back and seeing it resting on the front corner where the jack collapsed. I'm retired, I can't afford to take a loss AND finance another camper. The rug has been pulled out from under my wife and I of one of the true joys in our lives. We literally have no choice but to quit camping. Thank you Travel Lite. I wish you and your minions all of the frustration, misery and sadness you've given my family.

 

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 06:43 AM

I am so sorry about your problem. sadly this seems to be common with most companies. once they get your money 'too hell with you'.

Banks is the same way. I got their exhaust and  diesel tuner and both are junk,  called them they do nothing,  they got your money.


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Posted 24 April 2018 - 04:51 AM

That just takes the cake!

I've never heard anything good about Travel Lite.  For future reference, I've bookmarked your post as a reference resource about Travel Lite.  

Next time they come up as a subject I will be sure to let the reader use it.  I hope you don't mind.

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Posted 26 April 2018 - 02:08 AM

That is not a nice picture. Looks like contact corrosion... Is that camper just 3 years old, or is that how long you have had it? Not that it really matters.

 

If you are handy, able and willing to invest the time, a fix is not very expensive - but labor-intensive. It is not very difficult, but a lot of work.

 

You have my sympathy. The quality of some of the products out there is bordering on fraud.


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Posted 26 April 2018 - 07:17 AM

I know Travel Lite is reaching out to you and hope they can somehow help even if they have had a poor history with you in the past. I would be well beyond frustrated at this point but at least it appears there is still some hope for repairs.

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Posted 28 April 2018 - 06:10 PM

Well ......... I finally spoke to Travel Lite. There is nothing they can do to resolve the issues I'm having.  

 

That is not a nice picture. Looks like contact corrosion... Is that camper just 3 years old, or is that how long you have had it? Not that it really matters.

 

If you are handy, able and willing to invest the time, a fix is not very expensive - but labor-intensive. It is not very difficult, but a lot of work.

 

You have my sympathy. The quality of some of the products out there is bordering on fraud.

 

The camper is only 3 years old. I bought it new.    

I'm a pretty good mechanic, but a terrible carpenter. This is way beyond my skill set.  



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Posted 29 April 2018 - 02:05 PM

Seems to me they should replace it.  

 

You are not the only with all these problems, Travelite is no doubt losing business. If they were smart, they would rectifie this



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Posted 01 May 2018 - 04:40 AM

Seems to me they should replace it.  

 

You are not the only with all these problems, Travelite is no doubt losing business. If they were smart, they would rectifie this

 

Well ........... that would obvious from the perspective of a moral obligation, but it's out of warranty, so there is no legal obligation.  After a long conversation with Eric Burns, their VP of whatever, nothing was resolved.  He seemed like a nice guy, just doing his job, but the end result was that it sucks to be me.  Wrong time, wrong unit, whatever.  

What bothers me most, is that the one main reason I HAVE a truck camper, the ability to leave it at the campsite and go exploring or shopping in the truck without having to break camp is no longer an option.  I have no idea how much water got into the frame. I'm not sure how to even get to that corner, but it will be far easier than ANY of the other corners.  On the other 3, I'd need to remove the entire bathroom on one side, and all of the cabinets and appliances on the other side to access those corners.  If this was a motorcycle engine, or an A/C system, I'd be all over it, but my carpentry skills hover somewhere around incompetent and bonehead.  

There is no way I'm comfortable taking this on ANY extended trip.  We went cross country twice in the past two years, covering around 25,000 miles. We HAD planned on, among other things this year, camping the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park.  Now, we're relegated to finding places to camp in New Jersey. Not quite the same thing.  



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Posted 01 May 2018 - 08:02 AM

There is no way I'm comfortable taking this on ANY extended trip.  

We went cross country twice in the past two years, covering around 25,000 miles. We HAD planned on, among other things this year, camping the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and Glacier National Park.  

Now, we're relegated to finding places to camp in New Jersey.

Not quite the same thing.  

Camping in New Jersey? doh.gif

Geez... You'd be better off bikeing out to a KOA in central PA and just relaxing.

 

And yes, as you mentioned... getting to the damage is actually a much bigger task than simply doing the visible repair.

*Good luck with the repair.

*Take lots of pictures.

*Keep us posted on your progress!

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 09:57 AM

There’s a NE camping group on Facebook where you post. Maybe one of the skilled owners would be willing to take on a repair project for you? Yes it will cost you, but you will probably get a better result than taking it in to the manufacturer or RV dealer where labor costs drive lack of quality.

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Posted 01 May 2018 - 03:27 PM

Thanks to my Lance camper I've twice had to employ mobile RV repair guys.  Plus I've taken the camper to the Lance factory repair (never again!) and both of the mobile techs were far more cost efficient and  more technically proficient.

Bedlam has a good suggestion which is to call around and see what kind of outside help you can get with this project.  

And after, better camping to you.



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Posted 03 May 2018 - 03:04 AM

You can access the camper structure from the outside. From your pictures, your camper is a "classic" construction with a wood frame and aluminum siding. When you remove the trim profiles, you will find that the outside skin is stapled to the structure in horizontal, interlocking sheets that you can remove from bottom to top (and usually reuse, although the corroded section looks bad and would better be replaced.).

 

You need not be afraid, it is just a glorified garden shed, and any repair you do with whatever Home Depot or the likes have to offer will leave you with a better camper than you have now - even if it may not look pretty. Do you have friends or other RVers in the area with a bit more woodworking confidence that could assist? Actually, carpentry is only a small portion of the repair, most is cleaning up old parts for reuse and learning to put them back together without new leaks.

 

You will need to remove the corner jack braces in the process.

 

You will likely find wet/rotted wood behind the skin, which is easy to replace. There are many threads in various web forums on camper rot repair. Just don't use pressure treated wood, as the chemicals inside can cause very bad problems very quickly after your repairs.

 

And if you do any repairs, you need to find the source(s) of the leak(s) and eliminate them. They can be anywhere above or at the same level as the damage, as water will follow the easiest downhill path once it has entered the camper...


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 09:05 AM

Just asking what problems do pressure treated wood, cause? I had to repair a small area on front of mine and did the same thing . Took loose the trim and replaced a small section in the front corner. over the cab. Are you talking about health issues or other problems I may have with the materials?



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 03:46 PM

I  remember tho I used a piece of marine ply wood I had left from a boat project. I read where this is different than pressure treated stuff.



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 04:26 AM

PT wood and aluminum apparently don't go together well. It may work, or it may actually create new corrosion issues. Google PT wood aluminum corrosion for more discussions on the subject. It has also a lot of moisture and may badly warp when it dries. I just remembered reading to stay away from PT wood for the most part...

It is not a health issue, although it used to be one until the early 2000s when arsenic was banned from the treatment process.
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Posted 07 May 2018 - 04:11 AM

I will take a look from time to time and see. But this older camper has served us well the last four years. It is a Hide A Way by Sun Lite. Don't know if this was Travel Lite at one time? But it is also pretty bare bones. A  K-I-S-S camper I call it. It has a potty and keeps us dry, Did I mention payed for at time of purchase?

Good information on the Travel Lite story. It's sad the company won't fix or at least try to make this costumer happy.



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Posted 07 May 2018 - 05:49 AM

PT wood and aluminum apparently don't go together well. It may work, or it may actually create new corrosion issues.

Google PT wood aluminum corrosion for more discussions on the subject. 

Pressure treated wood & aluminum:

I just learned something new here today.

Thanks for pointing that out,

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