Thursday morning Kerrie goes to get something from under the bed to find the floor under there wet and a light shining in from outside the van.
On closer examination we discover that the blown tyre had ripped away part of the mudgaurd that seperates the outside world from the caravan interior.
No way could we take the van anywhere as water would just pour straight into the van.
The power of the shredded tyre had also pushed the wooden floor up from where it was screwed to the chassis and lodged large pieces of tyre rubber between the floor and the chassis.
It was quite a mess.
How to fix it???
We got a length of thick rubber sheeting from a Foam and Rubber place and had it cut the width of the old mudguard.
We then screwed the rubber sheet it to the chassis and to what was left of the mudguard using aluminium strips and stainless steel bolts and nuts. As we screwed it in we applied a thick coating of rubber sealant where it connected with the old mudguard.
We then gouged out all the old tyre rubber that was embedded between the wooden floor and the chassis. We then pumped in a liberal amount of rubber sealant and bolted the floor to the chassis with stainless bolts.
We’re sure it’s now fixed and is actually more water tight and secure than before as there was always a bit of light showing through where the guard connected to the chassis.
I’m so thankfull we took a good range of tools included electric drill etc., and plenty of bolts, nuts, whasers and screws as we’ve used them quite a bit so far.
We did go for a drive this morning to Cataract Gorge just 15 minutes from the Caravan Park.
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It was a stunning site as the recent flooding has turned this normally placid stream into a raging torrent of water. Unbelievable volumes of water from the South Esk River were poring into a basin over which a suspension bridge enabled a Birdseye view of the power of this water flow.