Top tips to prevent rattling

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  1. yorkieman

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    My motorhome isn't a boneshaker by any stretch, but as I'm driving along there is definitely some rattling going on.

    I was wondering if anyone had any top top tips to silence the rattles.
     
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    The volume button on the van stereo does it for me...

    JJ :Cool:
     
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    Get your tyre pressures right helps a lot.
    If you have michelins on email them giving the axle weights and they will give you their recommended pressures, I did this and was surprised by how much nicer the van is to drive.

    Tip 2. heat proof silicone tubing on the oven tray edges stops rattles.

    Tip 3. Get a roll of that anti slip matting and place pieces in between items like plates and pans.

    You could always turn up the radio to drown out the noises :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    We always use bubblewrap on long journeys. Five minutes to slip into 'rattlers' and five minutes to remove when we get there.

    Usual suspects, oven shelves, pots/pans, plates, GRILL (drove us mad finding that one) and recently the front of the heater cover - though tightened that up.

    Bubblewrap - the best thing since sliced bread and you can use it hundreds of times,,,,,,, almost anywhere.

    Hope it helps.

    Regards,

    Trikeman. :Wink:
     
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    Wow! There's some great tips there.

    I'm going to get busy this next week and silence the van.

    I know where to get bubble wrap (that's on the list now), but where do I get that heat resistant tubing stuff from?

    And as for the volume knob - you're right - but every time it comes to a quiet track I have this percussion orchestra banging away in the back of the van :Smile:
     
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    non slip silicone mats

    Non slip silicone mats by the roll from the pound shop are good, bit thicker than the dear stuff, but they work. good sized roll for a £1.:Wink:
     
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    like any noise, you soon dont notice the rattles...they sort of blend into other noises.
     
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    Rattles

    We have found that you can narrow down your rattle sources by taking all your stuff out and seeing what rattles remain. Sources are then usually then down to blinds, free standing shelves in garage/storage space, those covers on your sink and hob, plus your table where it attaches to the slider on the wall.

    That floppy rubbery stuff you put in the cupboards to stop the plates moving around will sort most of these - a little piece in the right place for transit. We have never been able to sort out blind rattles. If the table attachment is a problem, we find it rattles much less if you push it right back till the leg touches the pullman seat - for transit, assuming no belted passengers there - if you have passengers, you can remove table for travel, or get them to lean on it.

    Whatever causes the problem, it is easier to find with all your kit out of the van. This is also a good time to visit the weighbridge and be horrified at how little legal payload is available.
     
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    I tend not to get too bothered with rattles, but they drive Bill round the bend when he's driving. I can only echo what some other funsters have said and that is use bubblewrap for the grill tray and the oven shelf.
    With the glass cover on the hob and the sink, I use a folded tea towel under the glass and that does the trick. Just cushion the pots/lids etc with old tea towels and that should sort them out.

    Just one last thing that drove Bill nuts was the rattling Truma fire, there is a thread on "rattling Truma anyone" on the CC website.........we weren't alone with that one it seems. Many others were "trumatised" by the rattles on their fires as well:Doh: We sorted that out by sliding some pieces of old cork tiles into the side of that. But it appears that this rattling is caused by the metal slats at the back of the fire being too long in all the Truma fires.
    I buy bubblewrap by the 100 metre roll for my business, so it's always in plentiful supply:thumb:

    Margaret
     
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    my best advice to stop rattles is to never drive in Belgium
     
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    I agree we always placed a towel under our Cooker lid to prevent rattle other than that just the rubber matting placed between the pans and that seems to cure any problems we have.

    Just slightly off thread try not to place any heavy articles in the cupboard above, We learnt the hard way and had a pan lid fall out and damage our worksurface, Now that they are all placed safely in lower cupboards.
     
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    Leave the wifes dentures at home :BigGrin::BigGrin:
     
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    tea towels you can never have to many tea towels and they are great for packing round stuff
     
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    get someone to tighten your nuts up:thumb:
     
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    Like others have mentioned...lots of tea towels. Also use bubble wrap. For smaller items and gaps between, I purchased packs of dusters from the pound shop, ten for a err...pound. Also dishcloths from the pound shop, which I use to line the cutlery draw and wrap around the cutlery.

    Lorraine x
     
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    I found high density foam about 15>20mm deep in bottom of cupboards and shelves is great for holding anything and stopping rattles and breakages . cut a hole in it to the size of item you want to hold. fits tight. cuts easy with a knife

    glyn
     
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    We are genius aren't we!

    I throw the grill pan on the bed, and for everything else I use the non slip stuff, nowhere near as thick as bubble wrap but does the job superbly.

    However I am on the look out for that there expanding polysterene criss cross stuff to put my glasses in :wine: cannot do plastic wine glasses!

    can someone please shout out if they see any

    ta muchly
    xx
     
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    Our 'muggi" is a godsend.. We also use neoprene sleeves for any glasses or bottles to prevent them rattlin.
     
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