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Old 10-09-2018, 09:27 PM
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kiljoy kiljoy is offline
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I'd love to see a video of top 10 things to NOT do while building a Vans. Things like.... 'I know you see this problem in two non mating surfaces that should mate... I know you think you can fix it... but DON'T'. That sort of video. Include some sections like:

- how to NOT overdebur
- how to NOT Jackson Pollock everything with proseal
- how to NOT cause twists
- how to not drive your back rivet chuck through your rudder skin (personal favorite of mine.

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Old 10-10-2018, 12:07 AM
dmn056 dmn056 is offline
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Show not just how to do things, but what results are acceptable and what are not.

For example, riveting. The construction manuals show illustrations from Tony Bingelis of various rivet problems. It would be great to see close-up video of such problems, including criteria of when to replace, when to re-strike, and when to "build on".

Similarly for installing fiberglass components. How closely should they fit the adjacent metal edges, what sort of surface imperfections are acceptable and what sort require further work - and what to do about them. What are the factory-preferred resins, glasses, fillers, sealers. Sort of a video version of some of Dan Horton's threads about fiberglass work.

Same for tank sealant. Best ways to apply it, how much to use in each area, how much surface preparation is enough, how to inspect after application, what to do about areas that are problematic.
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:03 AM
rv8ch rv8ch is offline
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Default links to other good videos

As was already mentioned, the links to EAA videos that are applicable to RVs is a good idea, there are also other videos on fiberglass, wiring, and soldering available that I found helpful. Steinair has some videos that I really found helpful for example.

The RV14 windshield video was very helpful to me on my RV8.

The 360 degree photo of the FWF on the RV14 was also helpful in understanding best practices and how how to wire things up front.

Close up photos and videos of RVs that you found to be well done would really add a lot of value to first time builders, particularly in areas that are not easy to see at airshows like under the cowling, behind the panel, under the floors, and in the tailcone.

Great initiative!
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:46 AM
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The idea producing videos which answer the most asked questions on the helpline sounds good.
Maybe a video explaining how to prime in my own garage (setup of a workspace etc. when space is limited).

Concerning your new web design, please keep all the information which is provided at the moment. Although the design has some room for improvement, your site is so informative compared to others where a bunch of hight quality pictures is shown but only a few words about really important issues.
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Old 10-10-2018, 12:42 PM
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Great Ideas, please keep them coming! We are also planning some more of the 360-photo type thing, and showing examples of what we see at quality representing good examples of RV building and workmanship.

Originally Posted by flyingRV View Post
Concerning your new web design, please keep all the information which is provided at the moment. Although the design has some room for improvement, your site is so informative compared to others where a bunch of hight quality pictures is shown but only a few words about really important issues.
Appreciate that comment, and know that while we are working hard right now to significantly change how Van's appears on the web in the future, we won't be doing that at the expense of providing deep, useful information and detail. In fact, our goal is to provide even more and new content as time goes on. And not just technical content: We'll also be telling the broader, and at-least-as-important stories about how your RVs have impacted your lives.

Thx - please keep posting ideas!

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Old 10-10-2018, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Ironflight View Post
I agree with JonJay on piggybacking on EAA's videos for the standard stuff. Concentrate on tasks that are specific to RV's, especially the ones that take a lot of time because people don't know the "tricks" - cowl fitting, canopy fitting, aligning wheel pants, etc.

I agree on getting a list from the Tech Support desk to see what issues come up the most!
I agree with Paul. Standard ITIL problem management. Categorize all your calls as part of your incident management (tech calls), then rank them by the number of calls. Start with the one you get the most calls. Then #2 and so on......
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Old 10-10-2018, 01:14 PM
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Default I second this one

Originally Posted by RichF View Post
Bending the leading edges of the elevators and rudder!
by Far the most frustrating task in my Empennage kit!
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Old 10-10-2018, 03:52 PM
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Thumbs up Wiring

Work with steinair on a video for in a/c wiring.
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Old 10-10-2018, 07:04 PM
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Default Video idea

How about prepping and installing the AEX wedges for rudder, elevators etc..?
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Old 10-10-2018, 08:13 PM
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A Video on fuel flow testing, recommended method on how to determine gallons unusable fuel, performing a good W&B before inspection, mounting intersection fairings, annual condition inspection checks on Van's aircraft, and the list goes on!

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