Originally Posted by cekkk+
Sharp analysis, Spike. For this construction challenged guy, are there some of those things that can be done at home before problems develop, like maybe window caulking?
Yes. After the warranty time period is completed (re: 2 years), I would highly recommend the removal of each window, remove its factory "dry rubber" and re-install the window using soft putty. This is called re-sealing the window - that many DIY folks can perform themselves (using low cost materials from their local RV dealers). A very good video is:
After warranty time period is up, I'd recommend the re-install of the factory brake wiring as well. Unknown to many, factory brake wiring is installed in a linear wire configuration. And, its pulled so tight under the TT, one can almost sing a song on it. Under my TT, it was pulled so tight, it was actually rubbing its outer covering on its touching steel contact areas. re: See Red wire within: http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...e/100_2046.jpg
Rubbing wire against steel (as seen by the RED wire) is a very bad combination. Especially for brake wiring. When replacing wiring, use thick 10 guage wire as well. Thus, creating stronger (more consistant) current flow to each wheel magnet as well.
For this "factory correction", simply re-install the brake wiring using a STAR configuration - instead of factory linear configuration. For example:
Factory design: http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...ing-Linear.jpg
Star design: http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...iring-Star.jpg
At each wheel hub, install a support galvanized chain or galvanized cable. When road garbage or long grass gets under your TT, this support chain will better protect your TT's brake wiring. re: http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...g/100_1433.jpg
And where possible, install the 10 guage brake wiring inside plastic PVC piping. Thus, making it better "critter resistant" as well. To view my 2006 Jayco TT's new brake wiring path, see the plastic PVC pipe within: http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...e/100_0699.jpg
These are the minimum upgrades I'd recommend to many TTs/5ers - regardless of their make / model. Simple low cost improvements that many DIY folks can perform themselves....
Hope this helps...