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Old 09-28-2017, 01:34 PM   #1
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Door bumper problem

On a recent trip, the wind caught the coach door if my 2003 Itasca Spirit, and the door bumper hit the foot of our awning support, causing damage to the fiberglass door: ( sorry, the picture is rotated 90 degrees )

My plan was to epoxy a 3" x 3" piece of steel painted white over the cracked fiberglass, then to screw the rubber bumper back in place.

Two questions: 1. Does this plan seem reasonable? 2. How is the bumper attached to the door now? There is no visible screw. Is the bumper just glued on to the fiberglass, or is there a screw I can't see imbedded in it?
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:27 PM   #2
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Door bumper problem - resolved

It turned out the bumper was held on by glue, and twisting it with a vice-grip removed it fine. I cut down a piece of scrap metal to make a new base for the bumper and to spread out the pressure on the broken fiberglass door. Painted white, and stuck on with a silicone glue, it looks OK.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:11 AM   #3
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I'll bet most people wouldn't even know that wasn't that way from the factory.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:17 AM   #4
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Looks Good !
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:34 AM   #5
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It turned out the bumper was held on by glue, and twisting it with a vice-grip removed it fine. I cut down a piece of scrap metal to make a new base for the bumper and to spread out the pressure on the broken fiberglass door. Painted white, and stuck on with a silicone glue, it looks OK.
Agree with the other posters; your fix is better'n OK.....it looks GREAT.

I had to add a mending plate (similar to yours) to mount a new cargo bay door latch to......in an area where it "doesn't show" and I used "Epoxy for Plastic/Fiberglass" to mount the plate + "pop rivets" for mechanical strength. It all worked well.....but your repair is way "better lookin' " ..... and it is obviously better than new.

BTW.... thanks for the pics. We all love them (even sideways)

Safe travels.............
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Old 10-10-2017, 12:51 PM   #6
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Can anyone give me advice on how to get the pictures I upload from my iPhone to show in the correct orientation? The seem to get turned 90 degrees when I try to post. Never had this problem when I posted from my laptop, but pretty much use the iPhone for everything now.
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Old 10-10-2017, 05:17 PM   #7
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You can rotate using the iPhone Photos App on your iPhone.

1. In the iPhone Photos App , select the photo.
2. Touch Edit in the upper right corner of the phone screen
3. Next to cancel on the bottom, touch the first white icon, to crop and/or rotate
4. Use the white rotate 90 icon above cancel on the bottom to rotate as needed
5. Press done.

After all of this it should upload as you want it to.
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Old 10-10-2017, 07:37 PM   #8
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Testing powercat_ras suggestions:

Testing powercat_ras suggestions: Interestingly, after my first attempt (when I rotated the picture 90 degrees) it still uploaded as rotated. Then I rotated it back, and it appears to be correct. It looks like I will just have to fiddle with my photos until they upload in the proper configuration.
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Nice repair, whether sideways or upright
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