Wednesday, October 27, 2010

How to save $295.00

The companies that make component parts and appliances that go into making an RV are notorious for over pricing replacement parts.
Here is a perfect example:
Recently the gasket on the refrigerator door came loose at the bottom of the door. I did a thorough search on line, and for our model of refrigerator/freezer the cost of a replacement gasket is $299.00 plus tax and shipping. Yes I did say two hundred and ninety-nine dollars. Outrageous! Especially so since it probably cost less than $15.00 to manufacture the gasket.
This was my solution:
I found a white vinyl weather stripping at Walmat for $5.00. Think of two thick-walled soda straws side by side. That's what I got.
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I cut out the “bad” section, cleaned the area under the old gasket with alcohol, then I warmed up the vinyl door with a hair dryer and peeled the adhesive protective strip and pressed into place.  Less than 10 minutes to do the job.
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The $295.00 saved sure looks better in my pocket.

Stay tuned

8 comments:

  1. Did you say your name was George MacGyver....I think so. Welcome to RVing 101. Gummy

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  2. I know this "older gentleman" from West Virginia and he is kind of my idol. I figure if the Gumpster can do it, the least I can do is try.

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  3. Older!....I resemble that remark. just goes to show you George, Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained. Gummy

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  4. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing.

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  5. Not only are you handsome,but you are handy!!!!
    Love Janie

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  6. Great job. We may have to call on you from time to time for other money saving ideas. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. I have just downloaded iStripper, and now I enjoy having the hottest virtual strippers on my desktop.

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