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[tabtrailers] Re: Memory foam for cushions

 



We bought memory foam for our TAB and only used it 2 years until someone said that they found their's frozen when they returned to their trailer that was in storage one winter. I looked at our rolled up (a queen size piece that I cut in 2 pieces and one each stored, rolled up and ball bungeed, under each dinette seat) one winter day and also found OURS frozen! so it showed me that alot of moisture was in that "memory" foam.

I immediately took them out and bought a regular foam queen mattress from Walmart. I bought their most expensive one with little squares and swirles and it was so much better then the memory foam.I cut that one in 2 pieces also.

The memory foam collapsed and sprung back up but what good was it while one was sleeping on it? it was flat! The new mattress has lasted us clear through our TAB days and our TADA days and we are still using those 2 pieces in our Lance trailer. I enclosed these 2 pieces into two large cases made from twin sheets. If cut in two pieces you can easily roll them up and bungee them and store them under the couch, provided you have the couch fold over mod, if not you can still tuck them under the dinette seats. We also stored our boards for that bed mod there too. "Just sharing is all." Terry

--- In tabtrailers@yahoogroups.com, "RichardL" <merliniac@...> wrote:
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> I believe that someone used memory foam to replace the 4" standard foam in the seat cushions. Does anyone who has done that conversion have suggestions on a source for 4" memory foam?
>
> We are currently using a 2" memory foam topper on top of the cushions but we have the problem of where to put our rolled up memory foam in the daytime.
>
> Thanks,
> Richard of Riverside
>

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[tabtrailers] Re: Memory foam for cushions

 

Richard,

(I haven't seen my reply posted, so am resending it.)

While we haven't replaced our cushions with memory foam, it is a modification we would love to make some time in the future. For now, we do use the memory foam topper. I have done some research on sources for the foam cushions and have found a place in Michigan that supplies 4 inch memory foam and will cut to size for you. They are a mail order company, so should be no problem getting it to you in CA.

Disclaimer: We have not dealt with the company personally, but am simply providing this link to a potential source for your needs.

Here is the link: http://www.foambymail.com/index.html

Brenda in AZ
2009 TQ #4179

--- In tabtrailers@yahoogroups.com, "RichardL" <merliniac@...> wrote:
>
> I believe that someone used memory foam to replace the 4" standard foam in the seat cushions. Does anyone who has done that conversion have suggestions on a source for 4" memory foam?
>
> We are currently using a 2" memory foam topper on top of the cushions but we have the problem of where to put our rolled up memory foam in the daytime.
>
> Thanks,
> Richard of Riverside
>

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[tabtrailers] Re: Memory foam for cushions

 

Richard,
While we haven't yet replaced our cushions with the memory foam, it is a modification we'd love to make some time in the future. I have searched for sources of replacement foam, including memory foam, and have found a company in Michigan that has the memory foam product and can custom cut to size. They will send them through the mail. Just know that we haven't used this company before, so I'm simply letting you know as a potential source.

If you do replace your cushions, we'd love to hear how it goes for you!

Here's a link to the company we've found:

http://www.foambymail.com/index.html

Good luck in your quest for a more comfortable T@B!

Brenda in AZ
2009 TQ #4179

--- In tabtrailers@yahoogroups.com, "RichardL" <merliniac@...> wrote:
>
> I believe that someone used memory foam to replace the 4" standard foam in the seat cushions. Does anyone who has done that conversion have suggestions on a source for 4" memory foam?
>
> We are currently using a 2" memory foam topper on top of the cushions but we have the problem of where to put our rolled up memory foam in the daytime.
>
> Thanks,
> Richard of Riverside
>

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Re: [tabtrailers] Repair plastic propane cover

 

Jerry,

You've given me some very good clear ideas to help with the fix. Thank you for the suggestions and for your input on other topics on the forum.
JoAnn   
On Apr 30, 2011, at 9:18 PM, JerryJones wrote:

 

JoAnn, the cracking is primarily caused by the method of attaching the plastic so ridgidly to the tongue, first because each hole is not predrilled to a diameter slightly larger than the screw, and the screws are so tight they do not allow for temperature expansion and contraction. A single crack can be prevented from spreading further by drilling a small hole at the end of each crack. I have had success in putting down foam strips below the flanges, drilling the mounting holes larger and using washers with a rubber surface on one side then remounting the cover. I added a small aluminum angle bar at the rear of the top to prevent further cracking from the back due to flexing. I drilled holes and used stainless steel machine screws and washers, and used nylock nuts to tighten just to the point of light snugness.
 
A lot of members have replaced the entire cover with aluminum tongue boxes.
 
I'm sure others will chip in with their fixes.
 
Jerry J
 
----- Original Message -----
From: JoAnn
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:18 PM
Subject: [tabtrailers] Repair plastic propane cover

 

First & foremost let me say this is an amazing informative friendly group. I've enjoyed all the great stories, visuals and insights to owning a T@b. I'm hoping that someone has tackled the problem of the plastic cover cracking where it attaches to the tongue.

I'm getting ready to take "Les Tab" out for the first time this year and noticed all the cracks around the bolted areas. Has anyone reinforced those areas? If so with what? Will fiberglas work? I've seen what's been posted showing the Delta Pro box. I'd like to fix the plastic if possible but if folks feel this is a waste of time because it will just crack again I'd like to hear about it.

Thanks in advance for any help thoughts on this. I hope to get to a rally sometime. BRR looks like it been a great time!

JoAnn, April, Jasper & Les Tab



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Re: [tabtrailers] Repair plastic propane cover

 

JoAnn, the cracking is primarily caused by the method of attaching the plastic so ridgidly to the tongue, first because each hole is not predrilled to a diameter slightly larger than the screw, and the screws are so tight they do not allow for temperature expansion and contraction. A single crack can be prevented from spreading further by drilling a small hole at the end of each crack. I have had success in putting down foam strips below the flanges, drilling the mounting holes larger and using washers with a rubber surface on one side then remounting the cover. I added a small aluminum angle bar at the rear of the top to prevent further cracking from the back due to flexing. I drilled holes and used stainless steel machine screws and washers, and used nylock nuts to tighten just to the point of light snugness.
 
A lot of members have replaced the entire cover with aluminum tongue boxes.
 
I'm sure others will chip in with their fixes.
 
Jerry J
 
----- Original Message -----
From: JoAnn
Sent: Saturday, April 30, 2011 6:18 PM
Subject: [tabtrailers] Repair plastic propane cover

 

First & foremost let me say this is an amazing informative friendly group. I've enjoyed all the great stories, visuals and insights to owning a T@b. I'm hoping that someone has tackled the problem of the plastic cover cracking where it attaches to the tongue.

I'm getting ready to take "Les Tab" out for the first time this year and noticed all the cracks around the bolted areas. Has anyone reinforced those areas? If so with what? Will fiberglas work? I've seen what's been posted showing the Delta Pro box. I'd like to fix the plastic if possible but if folks feel this is a waste of time because it will just crack again I'd like to hear about it.

Thanks in advance for any help thoughts on this. I hope to get to a rally sometime. BRR looks like it been a great time!

JoAnn, April, Jasper & Les Tab

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[tabtrailers] Water, water, every where.

 

Got our t@da out of storage about a week ago. De-winterizing today, leaving for WI early tomorrow. We were so busy last fall that we took it into our local RV place to have it winterized. Went to flush the tanks today, for some reason we couldn't get much water pressure coming out of the faucets when we hooked up to City water, and we had to sanitize the fresh water tank anyway. so we filled it up, turned on the water pump, and ended up with water running down the floor of the trailer. I think the water event occurred when I turned on the water pump.It did not sound like it normally does. By the time we realized what was happening , water was running out of the trailer, and probably 2 inches deep by the corner by the sink. ( Our driveway isn't completely flat so the trailer was slanted forward a bit ) I checked the hot water heater that was fine, next thought was a lose connection, that's when I discovered that the water was coming from what i call, the "head" of the water pump, a little housing that sits next to the pump. I have a pic of it, but my camera is already packed. I can post it later for clarification if needed. We are wondering if they forgot to put anti freeze in the water pump or if they didn't put enough in it. We'll be using bottled water on this trip, since we really don't have time to deal with it before we leave. Thank goodness we'll only be gone a few days and our cassette toilet is separate, at least we'll have that to use. Any suggestions on how we can know if that is the problem? All was working fine when we had it winterized. It was stored inside through the winter. Guess we'll take it back to the rV place when we return. we've known them for years and they are honest people, a family run place, so if it was their mistake, I think they'll stand behind their work, and if the pump does need replacing they'll replace it.
Could something else cause this problem?
Thanks for the input on this. I need to go fill water bottles now.

T& P

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Re: [tabtrailers] Garbage In The Firepits

 



Life is like a box of chocolate --- you never know what you might get!

On Apr 30, 2011, at 3:08 PM, "Alan" <alanjmcd@gmail.com> wrote:

 

So I'm sitting by my morning campfire this morning wondering why the smell and black smoke, so I dug around a little with my poker and pulled out the charred and smoldering remains of a couple of used diapers!!! How discusting! Who does that!?!? I never saw them beforehand because they were already pretty well burned and blended in with the rest of the ash and burnt wood. Also present were a couple of charred cans and other assorted goodies. Now think about this a minute, this means they threw the diapers in there then THEY sat around the fire while they burned! They didn't just throw them in for the next camper to deal with, they actually sat there burning them! The thing that really bothers me is while sitting around an evening fire we (as do most of us) often times cook weenies or s'mores over the campfire. Well I guess I will think twice before doing that and I will ALWAYS clean the firpit first from now on. They walk among us!

-Alan

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[tabtrailers] Repair plastic propane cover

 

First & foremost let me say this is an amazing informative friendly group. I've enjoyed all the great stories, visuals and insights to owning a T@b. I'm hoping that someone has tackled the problem of the plastic cover cracking where it attaches to the tongue.

I'm getting ready to take "Les Tab" out for the first time this year and noticed all the cracks around the bolted areas. Has anyone reinforced those areas? If so with what? Will fiberglas work? I've seen what's been posted showing the Delta Pro box. I'd like to fix the plastic if possible but if folks feel this is a waste of time because it will just crack again I'd like to hear about it.

Thanks in advance for any help thoughts on this. I hope to get to a rally sometime. BRR looks like it been a great time!

JoAnn, April, Jasper & Les Tab

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[tabtrailers] Re: Cracked Trim - Options?

 



Hi Tim,

I saw your message about your trim repair. I just brought my T@B out of storage for the spring, and I have discovered several cracks in trim similar to your description. I live in Boulder County, so was wondering if you'd be willing to share the name of the shop you used as they seem to be practiced in this repair. :)

Thanks much!
Chris N.

--- In tabtrailers@yahoogroups.com, "BocoTim" <varechel@...> wrote:
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> Hey Pierre - I'd have to agree, if expansion is the problem, then it would seem that having smaller pieces would help prevent the cracking, or maybe they should just make the trim out of foam rubber. ;-)
>
> Tim
>
> --- In tabtrailers@yahoogroups.com, "Pierre" <pierredemers72@> wrote:
> >
> > Tim,
> > Don't you think that if the rear part of the trim would have been itself in two parts in place of one long, it would help for expansion?
> > On my trailer (2005) both sides of the rear trim are cracked, while the front ones, which are shorter, are still intact.
> > Pierre (Qu├ębec)
> >
> > --- In tabtrailers@yahoogroups.com, "BocoTim" <varechel@> wrote:
> > >
> > > Hi Folks,
> > >
> > > This is a brief recap regarding a repair on some trim cracks that developed over the winter on my 2010 T@B camper:
> > >
> > > A month ago I took the camper in for repair at a former T@B dealer. Incidentally, there was another T@B in the shop for the exact same repair. They suggested that the reason there is a common problem with the trim cracking is because the trim is fastened down by screwing directly through the trim piece. This can cause little fissures in the plastic that expand in hot/cold extremes and can cause cracking over time.
> > >
> > > They said the solution is to drill small holes in the trim first and then screw it down.
> > >
> > > So, the shop affixed a couple new trim pieces, but they cracked overnight! They could not explain the reason for this..... So, they reordered, and then it turns out the trim length wasn't quite right.
> > >
> > > Long story short, after a month in the shop, I got the camper back on Saturday. It is not quite good as new, but close - they had to add a small piece at the top to make up for a gap, but it looks okay. I'm just happy to have the camper back and looking forward to the season. To their credit, the shop didn't charge me anything (not even labor) for this repair, even though the trim was past warranty. So, overall, I feel fortunate with this outcome.
> > >
> > > Anyway, I hope this is informative for anyone else seeking repairs and that the fix is a little more straight forward for you than it was for me.
> > >
> > > Tim
> > > Boulder, CO
> > >
> >
>

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[tabtrailers] Spare Tire Removal

 

I want to thank everyone who posted in threads regarding the spare tire removal.
I undertook the project today and can confirm the need to beat the spare with
several kicks to dislodge it from its mount.

If I would have needed to do this on the side of the road it would have been a
real adventure.

I mounted my spare using the Harbor Freight tongue mount
(http://www.harborfreight.com/trailer-spare-tire-carrier-93341.html). It was an
easy install and the spare will be easily accessable if needed. If you use this
mount I would advise placing rubber pieces between the mount and any place it
touches the tongue. This will prevent an cathotic action between the steel mount
and the aluminum tongue.

If you have not moved your spare to another location, I would strongly suggest you
do so before you really need it.


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[tabtrailers] Spare Tire Removal

 

I want to thank everyone who posted in threads regarding the spare tire removal. I undertook the project today and can confirm the need to beat the spare with several kicks to dislodge it from its mount.

If I would have needed to do this on the side of the road it would have been a real adventure.

I mounted my spare using the Harbor Freight tongue mount (http://www.harborfreight.com/trailer-spare-tire-carrier-93341.html). It was an easy install and the spare will be easily accessable if needed. If you use this mount I would advise placing rubber pieces between the mount and any place it touches the tongue. This will prevent an cathotic action between the steel mount and the aluminum tongue.

If you have not moved the spare to another location, I would stongly suggest you do so before you really need it.

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