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Old 05-24-2016, 11:18 AM   #11
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The sawdust is good for starting your first campfire!!
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My FIL bought a brand new Dodge something-or-other many years ago. Had a horrendous rattle coming from the door. Dealer took the panel off and found a wrench.

Personally, I think I've found one or two screws; not too bad. Some metal shavings, some wire scraps, a little sawdust. Nothing to get too worked up about...
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:40 PM   #12
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I found a nice little pair of tongue and groove pliers sealed in the compartment behind my Jensen radio. They have come in handy a few times.
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I have a zip-lock bag full of them... may come in handy as the Dear Wife always claims that I have a screw loose....
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Have you ever wondered where those socks go when you loose just one of a pair? Now you know . . . the gnomes take them, magically compress them into screws and leave them around your RV !!

Actually the worst I ever heard of happened to my parents back in the '60's. They bought an American Motors station wagon (not a good decision on any basis). When new, it would run fine until the gas gauge got below 1/4, then it would just stop running at the oddest times. Sometimes it was quite dangerous as the engine would just cut out on the expressway. It would always restart however - and run for 30 or more minutes just fine before stopping again.
It took months and multiple trips to the dealer. They replaced EVERYTHING from the ignition switch to the entire spark system to the fuel pump. Nothing fixed the problem.
Finally my Mom INSISTED that they clean out the entire fuel system - starting with the fuel tank. She had a correct feeling that it was fuel not ignition related simply because it only happened under 1/4 tank.
Turns out they were having labor disputes at the Factory when the car was built. Some disgruntled worker had thrown a handful of rubber shavings from a tire truing machine into the gas tank. Once the fuel dropped to a certain level these shavings would start to collect, by the vacuum of the fuel pump, around the intake filter - eventually clogging it off.
Once the fuel pump stopped, the shavings would drift away from the intake, so the engine would restart.

My parents didn't keep that car long - not because of this and many other quality problems - but because they destroyed the engine and transmission towing a TT that was WAY too heavy for it.
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:04 PM   #15
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I have found quite a few screws behind cabinets when fixing something myself.
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Old 05-24-2016, 09:17 PM   #16
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Check your invoice, the line item "spare" that we've always assumed was a tire. No! It's the loose screws. We all know the spare tire is worth less than a handful of screws.
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Well, as I hoped it might be this has been an interesting and entertaining thread with a variety of unexpected finds. While quality may not be as consistent as we'd all like it to be, apparently "spares" and other assorted "misc" are. I've been keeping all my finds for future use as "OEM" replacements. Once I bounce far enough down the road I'm bound to need them.
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My parents sold Jaycos for 40 years before retiring. The most unusual thing I found was a carpet stretcher in unit that had just been delivered. How do you forget to pick that up when you are done?
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My parents sold Jaycos for 40 years before retiring. The most unusual thing I found was a carpet stretcher in unit that had just been delivered. How do you forget to pick that up when you are done?
Right? A small tool, I could see. But you'd trip over a carpet stretcher!
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