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Old 12-28-2018, 07:03 PM   #1
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Basement Wall Modifications

Does anyone have pictures and/or tips on how to create more access through the basement wall to the utilities? The little 10" door doesn't allow for a visual inspection let alone getting two hands on something.

Was thinking about hinging the utility side wall to the other and cutting the wall vertically closer to the wet well, to hinge it around the ceiling light in the basement. It fits really snug though. Did see in past posts that there was talk about adding 24" x 24" door. How did it work out?
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Old 12-29-2018, 10:26 AM   #2
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I removed the screws in 2 of the 3 panels, left the panel with the Dirt Devil screwed in, & stapled industrial strength Velcro to the edges, I can have it completely opened up in about 30 seconds, that's after I've moved all the crap from in front of them.
I also moved the water filter closer to the opening & mounted it more securely, I can now reach it easily,. I drop a towel below the filter, place a gallon zip lock bag or plastic grocery sack over the filter, remove the filter & I rarely spell anything behind the wall
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Velcro is an idea, thank you. My big panel will hit the ceiling light only allowing me to open panel a few inches though. I may have to move ceiling light or cut panel in two.
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The previous owner of our RL38 removed the 10x10 redwood access panel and cut out a 15" x 24" and installed a large access panel with hinges to gain access to the filter and pump. its large enough that I can get my head in and swap out the pump with out removing the wall.
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Velcro is an idea, thank you. My big panel will hit the ceiling light only allowing me to open panel a few inches though. I may have to move ceiling light or cut panel in two.

If you pull out the bottom of the panel first, you can rotate the panel out. Should be fairly easy to do.
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If you pull out the bottom of the panel first, you can rotate the panel out. Should be fairly easy to do.
The wall rotates out fine, but the entire basement has to be cleared out. Just trying to make it easier so when I'm on the road I don't have to tear everything out at an RV park to check plumbing or change out filter.
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The previous owner of our RL38 removed the 10x10 redwood access panel and cut out a 15" x 24" and installed a large access panel with hinges to gain access to the filter and pump. its large enough that I can get my head in and swap out the pump with out removing the wall.
What did they use to bind the carpeted material on the wall after cutting the larger opening? Do you have pictures?
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I only change the filter about every 6 months & if on a rare occasion the pump is needed I have to open the suction valve but can reach both through the original opening.
As to removing everything to remove a wall panel, pull out the bottom to about 45 degrees, it easily clears the light & fits through the door. I do that about twice a year to clean up under there, check things out back there & get rid of some of the crap that I've accumulated, so not a big deal.
On my FB that's where the Christmas stuff is stored, behind the center section under the stairs, perfect fit.
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The wall rotates out fine, but the entire basement has to be cleared out. Just trying to make it easier so when I'm on the road I don't have to tear everything out at an RV park to check plumbing or change out filter.
I plumbed out canister filter the 2cd year of ownership. That was a non-starter for me. I use an inline filter and RV water softener external to the trailer.

All the "stuff" that I carry in storage is in see through storage boxes which makes it easy to clear the storage area if I need to work on anything.
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I hope this isn't against the rules here, but over on the other Redwood forum, someone replaced their whole wall with wood, and had a generous size door where the water filter is. It shows it in the "owner modifications".
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