New Caravan trouble in Mt Isa

Submitted: Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 11:29
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Hi All,
My parents are heading to Mt Isa on Monday and are having issues with the plumbing on there new van. Behind the vanity the clip lock pipes have come apart and flooded the van.

Does any one know a repairer in Mt Isa that they can take it to? It is not the first time this has happened with the van having been flooded before while at the manufactures undergoing repairs. It is only 5 months old.

They are heading to the Kimberly's over the next few months and just want it fixed properly.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Regards,
Cam
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Reply By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:16

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 12:16
I don't know what Park they are in, you didn;\'t say but if they were to book into The Mount Isa Caravan Pk on the corner of Abel Smith Pde and Marian St (Barkley Hwy) opposite the Overland Hotel I'm the caretaker there will point them in the rifgr direction , he's pretty handy with repairs as it is so he might be able to help ,

HOVI Plumbing Service
149 Simpson St
Mount Isa, QLD 4825
(07) 4743 6617?

Barry Bower's 7 Day Plumbing Service
Mount Isa - Plumbers & Gasfitters
Elizabeth Street
Mount Isa, QLD, 4825
07 4743 0332

Bob Krause Domestic Plumbing & Roofing
Oxide Street
Mount Isa, QLD, 4825
0412 36 1121

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Follow Up By: camwill69 - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:35

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:35
Thanks Doug,
I have passed on this info to the folk's and they may contact you Monday.

They are currently east of Boulia and will travel to Mt Isa on Monday to get repairs done.

Thanks again Doug.

Regards,
Cam
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Follow Up By: camwill69 - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:19

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:19
Doug,
Am I correct in saying from your comments above that you are the care taker at the above said caravan park?

I ask as the olds have got to the Isa and booked in at the park you said and the reception knows no one buy the name of Doug. Do you have an alias or is the above post Bs.

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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:25

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 18:25
camwill69

NO, MISSED WORD but don't you see where I referred to HE

St (Barkley Hwy) opposite the Overland Hotel I'm (SURE) the caretaker there will point them in the (rifgr = RIGHT ) direction , he's pretty handy with repairs as it is so he might be able to help ,
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Follow Up By: camwill69 - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 19:17

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 19:17
Hey Doug,
Now I see the confusion. Thanks for the tip. They will be there for a few days.

Cheers,
Cam
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Follow Up By: Member - Doug T (FNQ) - Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 20:13

Sunday, Apr 13, 2008 at 20:13
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Phew ...thank goodness ..lol
tell to ask about Doug and Dusty.

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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:22

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:22
Hi Cam - Do you mean the cold/hot water pipes (blue/black/red) and the clip-in style joinerss?

I have had it happen, but only once - out of about 16 connectors in our off-road van.
Many vans have the blue or black pipe and the clip-in connectors. They are very simple and seal well, however the mechanism does have one small "trick".
The pipe simply pushes in, but you must ensure you push the pipe through (eg by "feel") the 2 (two) seals.

The first seal is the metal fingers that hold the pipe in place, and the second is the O ring that seals the water. It is easy to to think the pipe is fitted correctly when it has only clicked into the first "seal" eg the metal fingers that hold the pipe in place. You must ensure the pipe is pushed in further - into the O ring, which does the actual sealing. Use sand paper etc and put a bevel on the leading edge of the pipe helps, and perhaps some food grade canola or olive oil. This will help the pipe to push into the O ring and actually seal properly.

A very simple task to do........................Keith
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Follow Up By: camwill69 - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:39

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:39
Keith,
You are spot on with the description of these clips. I have explained this to the old man (your method), but as the van is not in a spot with mobile service it (the pipe) is not in front of him as i explain it to him.

Thanks for you tips.

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Cam
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Reply By: DIO - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:31

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:31
Probably staing the obvious, but isn't it a job for the manufacturer. If you take it to a 'non-approved' repairer could you have problems with later warranty claim? I'd be jumping onto the manufacturer (hob nail boots and all) and making absolutely sure that it was totally repaired and not liekly to happen again -m before heading off on any trip.
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Follow Up By: camwill69 - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:41

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 14:41
DIO,
The manufacturer's work is so poor I would not let them touch it again. They have stuffed it so many times it's not funny. To many issues to be able to post them here. Have contacted the Manufacturer and will follow up if they get back to me.

Regards,
Cam


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Reply By: dedabato (SA) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 16:52

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 16:52
Is it jay..? as I had same problem over and over until fixed by my self....
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Follow Up By: camwill69 - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 18:44

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 18:44
No mate not a Jay...?. Much poorer quality than that. But it did cost twice as much.

Don't keep trying to guess the brand as I will not publish it due to pending legal action. Put it this way, I would buy a Jay...? any day of the week compared to this product. Even with the reputation of said.

All the help so far has been great. Much appreciated. Will go a long way to helping them out.

Great to see the AUSSIE spirit is still alive, helping those that are stranded far away from home.

Thanks Again.

Cam
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Reply By: Dunaruna - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:23

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 17:23
The ends of the John Guest pipes get damaged by the little razor blades inside the fitting. If they are removed and refitted a few times, the clips no longer grab. You will need to cut the end of the pipe off so that the razor blades have a good surface to grab. A bad cut will damage the seal (or not engage the seal, which I think is what has happened here). The cut needs to be clean and square.

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Reply By: Keith_A (Qld) - Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 20:02

Saturday, Apr 12, 2008 at 20:02
Cam - forgot to mention - to release the pipe from the joiners, you just push the small inner ring in (and hold it there). This expands the metal fingers, and lets the pipe pull free. The suggestion re a clean cut is very true - and may even be the main cause of their problem. Make sure you pass that comment also.

On the subject of poor workmanship, our Supreme is a good example. Wood rot within 11 months of delivery, caused by insufficient sealant when made, and the manufacturer just refused to get involved. ...............Keith
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