I have managed to bugger my Four Seasons hatch

Submitted: Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 02:26
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This last 12,000 km 7 week trip to WA has been a tad expensive on BT parts .

Hi Boggers ,

My own stupidity caused the destruction of the forward facing vent . I left it open by mistake on my trip across the Nulabor and a truck and I passed with a terminal velocity of over 200 km/h . This tore the vent right out of the fixture and left it dangling by its spring umbilical cord . I taped it up with 100mph tape and it has held OK to get me home .

I have not had a chance to ring Bushtracker about it yet . Is it possible to replace just the one section or does the entire unit have to be replaced ?

Has anyone done it and if so , could it be done by a mechanical cretin such as myself ?

Thanks ,

Willie .
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 03:43

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 03:43
Try Camec, as they probably have the spare parts for them.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2008 at 04:57

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2008 at 04:57
Thanks Brian
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Reply By: Motherhen & Rooster - Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 06:00

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 06:00
Hi Willie

If you have to buy the lot (as usually happens these days) try caravansplus on line.

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Follow Up By: Willie - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2008 at 00:15

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2008 at 00:15
Mrs Hen ,
That is a good site . I used it and bookmarked it , thanks .
Are you all fixed yet ?
Willie .
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Reply By: Deleted User - Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 18:02

Tuesday, Jul 29, 2008 at 18:02
Willie,

Can't help - as usual but I'm keeping you in mind for contact if I have any problems for the best fix.

Kind regards

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Reply By: Bocky - Wednesday, Jul 30, 2008 at 17:55

Wednesday, Jul 30, 2008 at 17:55
Hi Willie,

Have done the same thing 2yrs ago. BTi replaced the lid only for about $ 125.00 including the Bushtracker Sticker if my memory is correct. Being a bit embarrassed about it they said That I wasn't the first and I won't be the last.
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Follow Up By: Kiwi1 - Friday, Aug 01, 2008 at 02:42

Friday, Aug 01, 2008 at 02:42
Brian/Linda,

I suspect you're talking about the window hatch, not the 4-seasons hatch being discussed.

Speaking of the latter, does anybody know how to clean the things? Can the fly screens be removed and replaced or are they better left alone?

Michael
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Reply By: Bob & Chris - Friday, Aug 08, 2008 at 02:16

Friday, Aug 08, 2008 at 02:16
Hi Michael
Yes the screens come off quiet easy.The sceens have a little groove in the rubber to reattach to the metal.My winding mechanism came apart.They can be fixed providing the plastic part that holds the spring has not broken.A bit fiddly in the bush,but easy to repair if you have a small vice to free up you hands.I had a mate that lost one of his vents and went to a local sheet metal shop a they made him a new one in about 15 mins.CHEAP. Bob
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Follow Up By: Willie - Friday, Aug 08, 2008 at 04:05

Friday, Aug 08, 2008 at 04:05
Bob and Chris ,

Thanks for the info . Actually , if it stops raining , I am getting up on the van roof tomorrow to replace the bits which I bought on line at Caravans plus .

The spring in my winding mechanism had strectched and was buggered . I cut it off to make taping it up easier . I purchased the plastic winder with the new spring .

I hope I find it a relatively simple job , as I am not exactly gifted in the area of mechanics ( a legend with tape though ).

Cheers ,

Willie .

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