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Wash Basin Damage

Postby tonyham » July 2nd, 2007, 10:37 pm

Any advice please. Whilst trying to replace the plug in the wash basin of my 1998 Kontiki 640 (always been a bit stiff) the drain part pushed in and left a hole about 4 inches in diameter. I contacted Swift who said I need to relace the complete vanity unit at a cost of around £280 just for the parts.
It certainly looks as though just the bowl should come away from the rest of the unit. Has anyone had a similar experience and found other ways of repairing it. I appreciate any help that can be given. Tony H.
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Re: Wash Basin Damage

Postby mike142sl » July 3rd, 2007, 10:18 am

Tony,

I have no experience of this BUT what you need to identify is the company that made the basin moulding and see if they still make it. Alternatively a company that can make one that will fit the hole in the vanity unit so that you can replace the broken one.

If anyone knows the name of the company that supplied Swift Group in 1998, that would be a useful start.
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Re: Wash Basin Damage

Postby tonyham » July 4th, 2007, 12:50 am

Mike, good advice so I will try that. Many thanks. Tony H.
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Re: Wash Basin Damage

Postby Whatamess » July 25th, 2007, 8:18 am

Hi, I expect you'll have sorted the problem by the time you get this reply but it's worth a try!

I did exactly the same thing a couple of days into our holiday this year and had visions of spending a fortnight not being able to use the wash basin or shower.

Our van is a 1996 model and I phoned the insurance company who said that, due to the age, it would be classed as wear and tear!

My husband went to B&Q and bought some plastic washers which were larger than the hole and siliconed one into the sink and siliconed the back back on and it has worked OK so far. I still put the plug in very carefully, though, just in case!

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Re: Wash Basin Damage

Postby tonyham » July 26th, 2007, 7:54 am

Hi Nora,
Thank you for your suggestion. I haven't got it done yet but I have found a Swift agent not too far away and he is going to do a repair sometime in August. He has about one a month, not all Swift, and he fibreglasses from underneeth and then cleans up all sharp edges before using some Sikoflex or similar to fill any crack that is still left. He says it will only be a couple of hours labour so a lot less than a whole new unit.
Thanks again. Tony
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Re: Wash Basin Damage

Postby Whatamess » July 27th, 2007, 8:22 pm

That sounds like a very economical way of doing it! I'd be interested to know how it goes.

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Re: Wash Basin Damage

Postby JSF1949 » August 2nd, 2007, 6:13 pm

Tony, you have probably solved this sink problem by now. However I had this problem with our Challenger 530. The sink plug simply fell through leaving a huge hole. The solution was to buy a replacement sink from a swift dealer, I think it cost about £25. The sink was held in the top of the vanity unit by a couple of screw brackets. First you have to remove the tap fitting from the old sink, and disconnect the water pipes and 12v electrical connection. Took me about 2 hours to complete. The down side is the new sink comes without the holes! tap and plug hole. You need to measure carefully and drill the plastic with a hole boring drill bit. It can be done and the sink re-fitted as new. Hope this helps.
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Re: Wash Basin Damage

Postby Whatamess » August 6th, 2007, 4:04 pm

Hi, John, I take it from your description that your sink is just the sink, rather than the type we have which is a corner sink and the shelf at each side all in one? Just curious because, although ours appears to be fixed with this washer arrangement, I'm still nervous putting the plug in and would feel happier having a whole new unit if it wasn't too expensive. We did ask for a price from the dealer but they haven't got back to us (it was a month ago!).

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