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Jan 25, 2013
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A normally very reliable family member borrowed my van this summer to go to a music festival to meet up with some friends, one of whom decided to get something out of an overhead locker. What's the problem I hear you ask? Well, it would have helped if they had clicked the locker button before wrenching the locker open and ripping the catch out of the flimsy cover. I now have nothing left to screw the catch back into and so has anyone any bright ideas, tips etc. for repairing the damage so I can refix the catch? I also have the same problem with a panel that extends to widen the bed base to a full size double when the hinge screws pulled out when the bed was sat upon in the "wrong place".
Funsters ..... Help please!
 

Gellyneck

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Jun 5, 2014
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More than toes wet now!
Difficult to say without seeing pictures but could you plate it with another piece of timber (inside the locker)?
 
Jun 30, 2010
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Move the catch a bit to one side.
 
Apr 27, 2016
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Try stuffing holes with PVA glue and matchstick
The cupboard is probably made of fibreboard or chipboard. That's wood fibres or wood chips held together by glue. Mix the PVA glue (white wood glue) with toilet paper (wood fibres with no extra fillers) and press it hard into the screw holes. Leave for 24 hours to set. Then you can drill and screw into it just like new fibreboard.
 
Oct 13, 2016
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Mercedes Hymer B680
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Been moho’ing for a time now
try using the "gorilla glue" here's an add by the post office, but you can get it from amazon or aldi have it sometime's, I got my last bottle from Wilko £5.00

https://www.postofficeshop.co.uk/of...kZRJiOsRyujC4sqKIl_2n10JnH9ZHtShoC7egQAvD_BwE

but if you get it ONLY get this one, it expands in the repair forming a solid repair, small wood shavings could also be added to assist the glue. By the way all their glues are excellent, but they all have there own job to do, so I have a selection of gorilla glues in the moho and home. Impossible to explain how to repair the problem without seeing piccies of it, I've repaired problem screw holes in ours with it, perfect.

AS MENTIONED EARLIER DON'T LEND IT OUT IN THE FUTURE, my mate in Germany has the same problem with his daughter and partner (and friends)
 
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Flook

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Jan 1, 2015
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Elddis Autoquest 175
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If I may comment. DiggerJon (OP) has either not read your comments about photo's, and ways of fixings, as he has not posted since. I would have thought he would have at least looked in, as he had bothered to post a problem. As far as I can see it he thanked hilldweller, and that was it. . .

Otherwise DJ, please give make/model/age of your motorhome, this would help if you cannot for some reason post photo's.

Flook
 

movan

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:( that's really annoying ..I'd be livid. The only help I can offer is to advise you not to lend out such an expensive prized possession to ANYBODY.

Good luck with the repair.
 

DuxDeluxe

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Jul 10, 2008
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:( that's really annoying ..I'd be livid. The only help I can offer is to advise you not to lend out such an expensive prized possession to ANYBODY.

Good luck with the repair.
Can I borrow your van, Joy? :xsmile:
 

Flook

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That has upset the Duckx:-)

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Nov 18, 2011
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I would rather lend out my wife than my van
But I find saw dust mixed with epoxi glue usaly works very well bit mesay but when dry it sands back to a resonibil finis then drill pilot holes and refit what ever
Bill
 
Jul 29, 2013
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Mix some Araldite and fill holes then screw into it after cured always works for me.:xThumb::xThumb:
 
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DiggerJon
Jan 25, 2013
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A big thank you to every one who has supplied their expertise and experience to my problem which I am currently fixing (hopefully!) As to lending out the van, it's definitely not going to that side of the family again, but it's booked for August to t'other side and I always get back a van which is sparkling clean, full of fuel and problems I didn't know I had have been sorted - so no worries there!

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Minxy

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... and problems I didn't know I had have been sorted - so no worries there!
... but did the exist BEFORE you lent it to them???? :rolleyes:
 

Lot lover

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May 13, 2016
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Perhaps it is time to remember that

Your friends you choose, your family you are stuck with and ensure that you always act accordingly.
 

P Jones

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Apr 15, 2017
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Move the catch a bit to one side.
there is a catch in that, some how, slide to the right, 2 to the left, bit of music, you are a way,oh keep it to your self,
pj ps the van i mean.happy new year.
 
Oct 13, 2016
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Mercedes Hymer B680
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Been moho’ing for a time now
I would rather lend out my wife than my van
But I find saw dust mixed with epoxi glue usaly works very well bit mesay but when dry it sands back to a resonibil finis then drill pilot holes and refit what ever
Bill

I could possibly pick her up Monday, Wednesday and Sunday ??? (LOL)
 

Flook

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I have a feeling that Wildbill's wife may not be that impressed. There again, it may depend on how wealthy you are:rolleyes::LOL:, then Wildbill may not be impressed:roflmto:

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