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Old 05-24-2005, 07:27 AM   #29
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Popped rivets

A dead give away is if you are inside, and look at all the rivets on the ceiling, Do you see that rivets have been popped or recently replaced. If so, then there is structural integrity issues. I'd also drop the front belly and look back at the frame from where it enters the trailer. I'd print out this, show the owner, and talk them down more! Rob

And then take it to GSM.
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Old 05-24-2005, 07:34 AM   #30
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I went back and looked

I just went back and looked at the tongue again. Where the frame goes into the trailer, it looks pretty clean. I'd take some new steel, go back into the trailer about a foot and run it along the outer rail to the ball hitch on each side. As for the wheel wells, I bet on the one side they had a blow out at one time, resulting in what you see. Plus, I agree, the tires are huge...not 7.00 X 15s - my Caravel owners manual said 6.75 x 15s. I'll take some pictures of the tongue on our Caravel. I mentioned in an earlier post that our tongue looked like that...it did on the inside of the U channel, but I used the Camp Lejeune Morale Welfare and Recreation welding shop ( a great free asset on the base for the Marines - you only pay for the steel and torch time) and we welded it with new, clean metal reinforcing it quite a lot - also the bumper needed welding. How is the bumper on this one - another indicator of frame problems.

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Old 05-31-2005, 05:42 AM   #31
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Thanks for your comments everyone. I now have a checklist of things to examine including;

- looking under/inside the belly pan as much as possible to check the frame
- checking the step area to see why its not there
- checking the tire size to see if its larger than 7x15
- checking the inside for popped/missing rivets
- checking inside all cabinets for signs or rot or mice damage
- checking all windows to make sure they are glass not plastic

I'm driving out there on June 10th and will let you know how it goes.
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Old 05-31-2005, 11:55 AM   #32
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Aluminum.

Check the axles.

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Looks like that you are on the right track. If you have any questions, please call Rod at C & G trailer at 562 634-6286 he has lots of knowledge on Airstreams.
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Old 05-31-2005, 01:12 PM   #34
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This is the first I've read this thread - from what I can tell that frame where it goes into the trailer is more than just surface rust. To me, if its that rusty outside, its probably more rusty inside the belly because that insulation can hold a lot of moisture - may be wrong, but suspect that frame has some really bad places - you may want to consider if the owner will let you cut some inspection holes in the belly.

At the very minimum, I would take a hammer along with me and tap all along the frame - if its rusted bad, it will not feel solid and you will hear rust bits bouncing around as you tap it.

What does the frame look like where it exits the rear?

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