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Hi

2 weeks into a 3 month trip around Tasmania and I noticed this crack. It runs from the inside of the slide-out kitchen door around the front. Been keeping an eye on it and it doesn't appear to be getting any bigger but it is already large enough.

Does anyone know if this load-bearing (as I suspect it is) or if it's just dressing over something more substantial underneath.

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Hi

Hubby just had a look at our 2016 490 Cape York and yep ours is cracked in the same place.... not much help I know but at least you know your not alone. We have recently come back from 15 months with our 490 travelling around our fabulous country and had our little Beastie on some pretty crappy roads.. So maybe that is what has done it?..

We will be heading down to Tassie in two weeks time for 2 months so who knows might see you guys on the road..

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Hi

Hubby just had a look at our 2016 490 Cape York and yep ours is cracked in the same place.... not much help I know but at least you know your not alone. We have recently come back from 15 months with our 490 travelling around our fabulous country and had our little Beastie on some pretty crappy roads.. So maybe that is what has done it?..

We will be heading down to Tassie in two weeks time for 2 months so who knows might see you guys on the road..

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Thanks WillShe - I did wonder whether it related to our 2018 Kimberly trip which, if it does, is kind of good in that it's not getting worse. I also wondered if it might be from the odd occasion that the fridge rolls out to quickly when we're on a slope.

We'll keep our eyes open for you guys - saw another 490 at St. Helen a couple of days ago but didn't get to say fiddly.
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Hi

Hubby just had a look at our 2016 490 Cape York and yep ours is cracked in the same place.... not much help I know but at least you know your not alone. We have recently come back from 15 months with our 490 travelling around our fabulous country and had our little Beastie on some pretty crappy roads.. So maybe that is what has done it?..

We will be heading down to Tassie in two weeks time for 2 months so who knows might see you guys on the road..

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Whoops, don't know what I did then. Hey Doc if you're fridge has slid out and hit the stopper quite
hard check under the slide there is an 8mm/10mm bolt can't remember which that stops the slide from coming all the way out and l landing on the ground. If you do a search for it, it was covered and someone did a mod beefing it up with an angled gusset. I'll try and find it when I get home to a computer rather than my phone. My van hasn't got any cracking in that area but probably hasn't done the miles over harsh roads as yours. Enjoy Tassie great place was there last Xmas.
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Search fridge slide stopper fix by our old mates svx17
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Thanks Comjero - will do. Doesn't seem to be getting any worse touch wood.

Tassie is a beautiful part of Oz. We've been here for about 1 month of a 3 month trip and already found about 3-4 places we would move to in a heartbeat if it wasn't for the family and friends we'd have to leave behind ...🤔
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Hi Doc,
Not sure of your travels but if you're over the west side and need a camp site check out a great little spot near Tullah called Lake Rosebery foreshore camp no facility's but the views of the lake and mountains if you get in early you can back in up a little track along the old road cutting before they filled the lake, once up the end is just you. It's like camping beside your own Olympic pool. There is good coffee back in town at the little house on the main road just up hill off the pub two great guys who moved down from Sydney run it, watch out for the alpaca it spits. The other one is a quirky caravan park call' left of field' on the road to Starthgordon near the entrance to Mt Field national Park. He's got an 18 hole golf course you play with these timber mallets and small soccer ball, a beer is mandatory. There are outdoor bathtubs that he'll heat up for you and secluded outdoor showers great little spot.
Yes I too could easily live there, just to many great places to list.
Happy travelling
Jeff

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Thanks Jeff - haven't been up the West coast yet but will add Lake Rosebury to the list - had already added Left of Field on the strength of some WikiCamps I'd read.
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Cracking of the corner frame joints.

Sorry to hear that you guys have discovered these cracks, but I do have a temporary fit.
In the aircraft industry (RAAF), we would do what is called a "stop crack" procedure. That is, we'd drill a small hole at the very end of the crack and this would, in most instances, relieve the stresses on this area. The diameter of the hole needs to be a smidgen larger that the thickness of the crack. Make sure that you drill at the very end of the crack. Monitor the area for further cracking, and if need be, you can perform this procedure a few times before looking to have a permanent repair carried out. You could seal the hole to prevent ingress of dirt, dust and moisture, but not to the point that you can't monitor the crack growth. Good luck. I'm off to check our corner joints.   

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Thanks filbee56 - great advice.
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Good thinking Filbee, that takes me back to my days working on navy ships and subs in the 80s
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Geez Comjero...I'd reckon small cracks in a submarine would be highly unwelcome ... 💦
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Better a small crack than a big one! I only worked on them above the water, way safer......
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