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We have a 2017 Swift Fairway 565 and on our last trip out in Oct 2018 went to open the water inlet cover/flap to connect the hose and it just snapped off at the hinges, would be interested if anyone else has had this problem prior to adding it to our list of problems prior to this years service.
 

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The very same thing happened to us last week! We have a 2015 Valencia. Ordered a new flap off eBay for £5 odd. Came today.
Snag is to get it on you have to unscrew the pump surround, clean off the mastic, prise off the old hinge, replace flap, remastic and screw surround back in.
For most people this would be easy. We are totally cack handed and DIY stands for destroy it yourself. We will have a go though. ( must keep number of mobile caravan technician handy) :(

If anyone has done this job and has some hints for the “practically challenged”; we would love to hear them.
Mel
 
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It happened to us on a previous caravan. I never replaced it and when the caravan was traded in the dealer just accepted it. Possibly not the best idea for keeping the area clean but nothing happened to us.
 
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We've had several break over the years; IMHO the plastic is too brittle for the intended use. I now ensure the flap has sufficient silicon grease on the moving parts because I'm convinced it's the friction (you often hear a squeal when you open the flap) between the plastic parts which causes the problem.
 
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mogarage said:
We've had several break over the years; IMHO the plastic is too brittle for the intended use. I now ensure the flap has sufficient silicon grease on the moving parts because I'm convinced it's the friction (you often hear a squeal when you open the flap) between the plastic parts which causes the problem.

Then with lub the flap bows in the wind and gives an annoying rattle. So out comes the duct tape.
 

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Never mind all this talk of duct tape. :) What I need to know is what is the best way to get the old mastic off, and what mastic do I reseal with.
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Mel
 
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Mel said:
Never mind all this talk of duct tape. :) What I need to know is what is the best way to get the old mastic off, and what mastic do I reseal with.
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Mel

White spirit should work then clean with meths before applying new mastic.
 
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Mel said:
Never mind all this talk of duct tape. :) What I need to know is what is the best way to get the old mastic off, and what mastic do I reseal with.
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Mel

Try this MEl, just go easy so as not to gouge the substrate, https://www.toolstation.com/window-scraper/p53477?r=googleshopping&rr=marin&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=googleshoppingfeed&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI2LXKqcHh3wIVwud3Ch1_aAuxEAQYAiABEgKUb_D_BwE

Once you have removed all the residue of the old sealant then white spirit and a sponge scourer (the one you probably use for doing the dishes) should finish it nicely.

I don't want to contradict otherclive, but white spirit is a powerful solvent and should do a really good surface preparation job, if the cleaned surface is smooth and looks clean then I don't think meths is necessary.

You also don't need a 'joint' sealer', so this should do nicely to fix the new flap cover:
https://www.toolstation.com/premium-universal-acrylic-sealant/p66598?r=googleshopping&rr=marin&utm_source=googleshopping&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=googleshoppingfeed&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI7tSl4sHh3wIVC7DtCh0k4QgWEAQYAiABEgJZP_D_BwE
 
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Mel[/quote]
We are totally cack handed and DIY stands for destroy it yourself. We will have a go though. ( must keep number of mobile caravan technician handy) :(

If anyone has done this job and has some hints for the “practically challenged”; we would love to hear them.
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Hi Mel
I use these when removing most things that have been stuck down with sealant, they are tough and most of all will not damage the paint work when removing the sealant, use one in each side to help tease the housing out without breaking it.

Then use the end of one to scrape the old sealant off.

I would use this to re seal the housing when you replace the flap, because at a later date if it gets damaged again this sealant will come away easily.
 
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Sproket said:
We are totally cack handed and DIY stands for destroy it yourself. We will have a go though. ( must keep number of mobile caravan technician handy) :(

If anyone has done this job and has some hints for the “practically challenged”; we would love to hear them.
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Hi Mel
I use these when removing most things that have been stuck down with sealant, they are tough and most of all will not damage the paint work when removing the sealant, use one in each side to help tease the housing out without breaking it.

Then use the end of one to scrape the old sealant off.

I would use this to re seal the housing when you replace the flap, because at a later date if it gets damaged again this sealant will come away easily.[/quote]

I used a similar set of plastic chisels to remove a conformal guard on a rear bumper. It was held on by 3M “permanent” adhesive tape. Took some prising off but the paintwork was undamaged.
 
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Mel,

If we get together for a Spring meet, I will fit it for you.

No need for tools as I have them already, just bring the new flapcover.

Anseo
 

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