SURREY MAINTENANCE PAGE
Now may be a good time to make your annual inspection as some of the training may start to wind down in some parts of the country as the cool weather approaches.
We at Surrey would like to take this opportunity to remind you about
some Important Maintenance Matters that you as our customer must check on.
The biggest enemy your Safety House has is Water Damage resulting from lack of maintenance!
Water Damage is preventable with basic easy to perform maintenance!
You “MUST” inspect the roof sealer on your Safety House-annually.
Surrey now offers a roof sealing kit that consist of (2) tubes of roof sealer and (2) tubes of body sealer. This is the right material to use for roof maintenance.
plus shipping and handling. Most of the time just for touch up, one tube is
more than enough. 4 tubes in a box. We can ship these to you via UPS.
YEARLY ROOF INSPECTION
INSPECTING AND MAINTAINING THE SEALER ON YOUR TRAILER AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR ABSOLUTELY IS A MUST. FAILURE TO DO SO CAN CAUSE PROBLEMS AT A LATER DATE WHICH MAY BE EXPENSIVE TO REPAIR.
THE GUIDE BELOW GIVES YOU A GENERAL IDEA WHAT TO LOOK FOR IF YOU PLAN TO DO THE INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE YOURSELF.
IF YOU DO NOT DO THIS WORK YOURSELF WE RECOMMEND YOU TAKE IT TO AN RV DEALER TO HAVE THIS YEARLY INSPECTION AND MAINTENANCE DONE. THE POINT IS TO AVOID ANY POTENTIAL WATER LEAKS OR DAMAGE TO YOUR TRAILER.
AIR CONDITIONER GASKETS CAN BECOME SOURCE OF ROOF LEAKS AS A TRAILER AGES. THE GASKET WHEN FIRST INSTALLED IS COMPRESSED TO FORM A TIGHT SEAL TO THE ROOF. THE GASKET MATERIAL IS MADE OF CLOSED CELL TYPE FOAM. THIS CAN CRUSH OVER TIME AND NEEDS TO BE RECOMPRESSED BY TIGHTENING THE MOUNTING BOLTS FROM INSIDE THE TRAILER. ANY RV DEALER WILL BE FAMILIAR WITH THIS WORK, IN SOME CASES THE GASKET MAY NEED TO BE REPLACED.
ANY SIGN OF LEAKING NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
ROOF VENTS NEED TO HAVE THE SEALER MAINTAINED AND NEED TO HAVE THE LIDS REPLACED WHENEVER THEY SHOW SIGNS OF GETTING BRITTLE OR CRACKING.
PLUMBING ROOF VENTS AND ALL OTHER ROOF FIXTURES SUCH AS LIGHT TOWERS ANTENNAS OR CAMERA BOXES ALSO NEED TO BE INSPECTED AND RESEALED IF NEEDED.
THE FRONT AND REAR SEAMS AS WELL AS THE CORNER MOLDINGS NEED CAREFUL INSPECTION FOR CRACKED OR LOOSE SEALER.
YOUR TRAILER ROOF EDGES NEED TO BE RESEALED EXTERNALLY AFTER TIME PASSES. WITH EXPANSION AND CONTRACTION OVER TIME THE EDGE MOLDING SEALER CAN LOSE ITS ABILITY TO SEAL AND THE SCREWS CAN BECOME LOOSE. ANY LOOSE SCREWS SHOULD BE TIGHTENED UP OR REPLACED IF NEED BE. IF YOU NOTICE ANY SCREWS THAT ARE LOOSE, SEE ANY INDICATION OF LEAKING SUCH AS STAINS INSIDE OR RUSTING STAPLES. THE ROOF DRIP RAILS NEED TO BE RESEALED. THEY ALSO SHOULD BE EXTERNALLY RESEALED AFTER THE SECOND YEAR OF SERVICE TO AVOID POTENTIAL PROBLEMS. THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IF YOUR TRAILER HAS A TEXTURED RUBBER ROOF BECAUSE THEY ARE LESS TOLERANT OF AGED OR LOOSE SEAL ISSUES.
EXTERNALLY SEALING THE DRIP RAILS IS SIMPLE.
TIGHTEN OR REPLACE ANY LOOSE SCREWS. CLEAN THE ROOF EDGE AND DRIP RAILS WITH SOAP AND WATER AND ALLOW TO DRY OVERNIGHT.
THE POINT WHERE EDGE OF THE RUBBER ROOF AND THE DRIP RAIL MEET, AND EACH SCREW NEEDS TO BE SEALED WITH RUBBER ROOF SEALER. (DO NOT USE SILICONE RUBBER) AFTER THE TOP EDGE OF THE DRIP RAIL AND SCREWS ARE SEALED YOU MUST ALSO SEAL THE UNDERSIDE OF THE DRIP RAIL TO THE BODY. THIS PREVENTS ANY WICKING OF WATER UNDER THE EDGES OF THE ROOF. THE SEALER USED ON THE UNDERSIDE IS DIFFERENT THAN THE RUBBER ROOF SEALER. ANY SEALER THAT REMAINS FLEXIBLE WILL WORK. WE RECOMMEND RV TYPE MOLDING SEALER AVAILABLE FROM ANY RV DEALER. THIS SAME SEALER CAN BE USED ON CORNER MOLDINGS AND OTHER RV FITTINGS.
(B) Remember to follow routine maintenance procedures for your smoke
machine as recommended in the operation manual. Please check your fluid
supply. Allow ample time to eliminate high delivery cost for overnight freight.
Make sure that you are using a water base fluid only!
Do not store your smoke machine with an empty fluid tank as the fluid level float can stick to the bottom of the dry tank. The unit will not function even when the tank is filled unless you take a screw driver of the proper length and break the stuck float loose from the bottom of the tank. Try to avoid running the fluid tank completely empty and do not store the machine with a dry tank,
(C). To keep your compartment locks and door locks working smoothly,
use WD 40 or Lock Ease.
(D) To insure a water tight seal for your air conditioner you will want to check the mounting bolts for your air conditioner every two or three years.
Simply remove the interior finish panel against the ceiling with a screw driver and expose the mounting bolts inside the opening.
Make sure the four largest bolts are (snug). Use caution not to over tighten
The reason these bolts should be checked occasionally is the air conditioner rests on top of a closed cell foam gasket. This gasket is properly tightened at the time of installation. The gasket material can compress slightly after being towed over the road over a period of time. The thickness of the gasket being reduced could cause a water leak if the bolts are not re-tightened. The more your unit is towed the more likely you may find these bolts slightly loose.
(DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN! ONLY SNUG!)
(E) Clean your smoke alarms with tuner cleaner from an electronics
shop or use alcohol. These alarms have a 5 year warranty please keep the boxes
provided and deal directly with the manufacturer.
(F) The electric brakes on your unit are not self adjusting. Adjustments
normally are only required every 5,000 miles. If your brakes are properly
adjusted the unit will stop itself without taxing the tow vehicle brakes.
(G) If a contact person or any other information regarding your unit changes please advise us so we can update our database.
(H) Vent covers take a beating in the sun and can be the beginning of major water leaks. Look them over. They are standard RV design and can be purchased at any local RV dealer. They are 14” x 14”.
(I) Cleaning your trailer-there are rv cleaners on the market also. Keep up with it and it wont be a major chore.
(J) Surrey has developed a new training aid for Live Burn Sprinkler Demonstration and Fire Extinguisher Training with one unit.
The Surrey Hot Box allows dual training with one compact self contained unit
(K) Surrey Now offers a “Safety Pot” Simulated Grease Fire
This unit can be free standing and simply plugged into power
(L) Surrey has developed a New Line of Safety House for the restricted budget.
This new line is called the Limited and is available in 30 ft. and 33 ft. length
Check our web site for more information
(M) Remember we will make up grades to your unit and we will perform repairs to your unit at our facility should the need arise
(N) Surrey now has Carports available nationwide.
A 40’ X 12’ wide 12’ high Carport installed only $3,310.00
The type and cost of anchors is add’l and varies with location.
Visit our web site www.firesafetyhouse.com for more information!