Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-15-2008, 12:23 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
smcpheters's Avatar
 
1962 22' Flying Cloud
1954 26' Romany Cruiser
Freeport , Maine
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 95
Images: 3
Popped Interior Rivets

Hi all,

New question for everyone. I am finding rivets on the floor occasionally after I move the trailer. Doesn't happen with every move, but off and on. My wife has told me this means a bad thing. Myself, it seems natural that a structure moving along the roads in Maine should have a few popped rivets, I know I do. Do I need to worry or should I just replace the rivets?
__________________

__________________
smcpheters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 12:29 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Alumatube's Avatar
 
1984 31' Airstream310
Richmond , Kentucky
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 1,071
Have you checked your axles? If they need replacement, they could cause enough of a bad ride to pop rivets. Also, you might check your tires for bubbles or out-of-round conditions. Unbalanced running gear is an issue with interior problems like popped rivets, drawers coming out, wall/interior shell separation, etc.

We were popping interior rivets in our moho until we got new tires and redid the suspension. It was very annoying!

Good luck!

Susan
__________________

__________________
"Despite the cost of living, have you noticed how popular it remains?"

1984 310 Limited Motor Home "The Rockin' A"
1974 31' Excella (soon-to-be carhauler)
1974 20' Argosy Motor Home
Alumatube is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 02:09 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
2007 25' Safari FB SE
Juniper Hills , The Great Mojave Desert
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 3,678
Timely question.

I have heard various views on this.

Inland Andy says it results from bad axles (they wear out) and/or unbalanced running gear.

Someone else told me that it's normal for rivets to pop out.

Seems to me that if an airplane can go for thousands of miles and landings without rivets shooting out my trailer ought to make it to the camp ground without an in transit disassembly.

So I replaced about 12 interior rivets that self detached and balanced by wheels, hubs and brakes. So far all the rivets are where they belong.
__________________
I have a loaded Airstream trailer and I'm not afraid to use it!

We have Airstream parking for overnighters.

WBCCI 6731 FCU
AIR# 13896
CA 4
Goin camping is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 02:11 PM   #4
Well Preserved
 
overlander63's Avatar

 
1974 31' Sovereign
Colfax , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 18,592
The other item that may cause the in-flight rivet loss may be a too-stiff tow vehicle suspension, or a WD not set up quite right.
__________________
Meddle not in the affairs of dragons, for you are crunchy, and taste good with ketchup.
Terry
overlander63 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 02:48 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
TBRich's Avatar

 
2006 19' Safari SE
Tucson , Arizona
Join Date: Jun 2007
Posts: 4,170
Images: 64
We had a couple of interior rivets pop right after we got our SE unit... we had them replaced and since then none have been lost... (Now watch...the next time we go out we've have them popping out all over he place!)
__________________
TB & Greg - Sadie Cocker & Abbey Schnauzer
AirForums #21900 . Membership Chair, 4C
Unit #3954
Inside AZBambi: AZBambi Décors
Travel Log: AZBambi...On the Road Again
TBRich is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 03:55 PM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
2008 27' Safari FB SE
Mesquite , Texas
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 115
Interior "pop" rivet popped out

Timely post.

I had one rivet laying in the middle of the bed on our new 27FB when I picked it up Friday. Looking at it, it didn't seem to have expanded very much, if at all on the back. I found an aluminum rivet the same size in the garage and popped it in.

Nothing else since then even though we were on some pretty rough roads in construction zones over the weekend.

I will keep my eyes open though.
__________________
wayner61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 05:23 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
safari62's Avatar
 
1962 22' Safari
1957 22' Custom
Vacationland , Maine
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 912
Images: 43
Quote:
Originally Posted by smcpheters View Post
Hi all,

New question for everyone. I am finding rivets on the floor occasionally after I move the trailer. Doesn't happen with every move, but off and on. My wife has told me this means a bad thing. Myself, it seems natural that a structure moving along the roads in Maine should have a few popped rivets, I know I do. Do I need to worry or should I just replace the rivets?
A stands for axles
B stands for bad axle
C stands for Cough up the dough for a new axle

W stands for Wife is right again.......this may be the hardest thing to accept. Oh yeah, and Maine roads are really BAD right now. But that will be fixed in about fifty years and fifty million dollars.

Don't worry, be happy, get a new axle.
__________________
safari62 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 07:06 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
47WeeWind's Avatar
 
1948 16' Wee Wind
1953 21' Flying Cloud
Denver , Colorado
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 1,098
Images: 19
Old Maid rivet ...

Quote:
Originally Posted by wayner61 View Post
I had one rivet laying in the middle of the bed on our new 27FB when I picked it up Friday. Looking at it, it didn't seem to have expanded very much, if at all on the back. I found an aluminum rivet the same size in the garage and popped it in.
Wayner61:

It must have been one of those Old Maid rivets that usually resides in the bottom of the bucket, unpopped.
__________________
Fred Coldwell, WBCCI #1510, AIR #2675
Denver, Colorado - WBCCI Unit 24
Charter Associate Member FCU
Airstream Life "Old Aluminum"
47WeeWind is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 07:25 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
byamcaravanner's Avatar
 
1967 28' Ambassador
1963 19' Globetrotter
1970 29' Ambassador
Waukesha , Wisconsin
Join Date: May 2007
Posts: 1,174
Quote:
Originally Posted by 47WeeWind View Post
Wayner61:

It must have been one of those Old Maid rivets that usually resides in the bottom of the bucket, unpopped.
Fred, That's a rather "corny" comment.
__________________
Steve & the crew
'70 Ambassador International Twin
'63 19' Globetrotter TAC WI-1
http://byamcaravanner.blogspot.com/
byamcaravanner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 08:57 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
Mikethefixit's Avatar
 
1977 27' Overlander
Trotwood , Ohio
Join Date: Jul 2007
Posts: 2,151
Send a message via Yahoo to Mikethefixit
Well this is my opinion only and I don't even pretend to be an expert.But I have found working(they leave a little grey stain around them) rivets in bulk heads and walls, under the rear goucho, and now external rivets poped above the axles. Needless to say this unit is GROUNDED till my new axles arrive.This is too big and investment to take chances with, Unless of Course U are made of money. Inland RV has a thread that shows U the proper angle that your axle should be at. Take HEED my friend this could be trouble. Also the PO had our unit way way over hitched,that has caused a few external rivets in the front to pop.
Best of Luck to U
Roger
__________________
Mikethefixit is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-15-2008, 09:47 PM   #11
3 Rivet Member
 
2008 27' Safari FB SE
Mesquite , Texas
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 115
Hey Fred - Very NICE!

I had kind of a silly little remark to put in there myself but chickened out.

Wayne
__________________
wayner61 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-16-2008, 06:03 AM   #12
Rivet Master
 
safari62's Avatar
 
1962 22' Safari
1957 22' Custom
Vacationland , Maine
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 912
Images: 43
And just a few other thoughts........

Your model and year has the aluminum interior walls that overlap the fiberglass interior end caps. This is where rivets may be more likely to loosen up as the holes in the fiberglass have enlarged over, say, the last 45 years. Try some slightly larger rivets or maybe even epoxy in and between first.

ALSO VERY IMPORTANT!!! Do not travel with large amounts and heavy materials in overhead compartments. Dishes, canned goods etc must be placed in lower storage areas while travelling. I place these kind of things in a plastic tub under the sink, etc and also as much forward in the trailer as you can.

Tires....lots of info elsewhere but avoid truck highply etc. Go radial and away maintain correct pressure.

good luck
__________________
safari62 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 07:09 AM   #13
2 Rivet Member
 
smcpheters's Avatar
 
1962 22' Flying Cloud
1954 26' Romany Cruiser
Freeport , Maine
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 95
Images: 3
Thanks All,

As it so happens, I have another problem with electric brakes that will require replacing the axle. I need to call Inland at the end of the month to find out what I need to order and get it done. We want to haul to PEI in August with another couple who tow a SOB.
__________________
smcpheters is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-18-2008, 08:14 AM   #14
Restorations done right
Commercial Member
 
Frank's Trailer Works's Avatar

 
1962 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Vintage Kin Owner
Currently Looking...
Baltimore , Maryland
Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 5,408
Images: 2
I want to throw my two cents in here... Are the popped rivets in the same area every time? If you have floor issues the rivets in that area will pop out when you tow, due to the floor flexing more than it is designed to. I strongly encourage you to look very closely along the wall below that area. A broken cross member or some soft floor will often lead to the problem you are experiencing. Yes bad axles will cause this too. So is this in one area or all over?
__________________

Frank's Trailer Works is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
'63 trotter popping interior ceiling rivets ChicknKathy General Interior Topics 13 05-01-2008 03:41 PM
TV antenna popped? Resorts Audio, Video & TV 6 08-02-2007 09:16 AM
Popping Interior Rivets in Maine!! 65Toaster On The Road... 6 06-16-2007 03:41 PM
Popped rivets, repair and prevention Boondocker General Interior Topics 26 11-28-2005 04:57 PM
interior panel rivets j54mark General Interior Topics 4 03-17-2003 09:31 AM




Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

RV & Travel Trailer Communities

Our RV & Travel Trailer sites encompasses virtually all types of Recreational Vehicles, from brand-specific to general RV communities.

» More about our RV Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:30 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

Airstream News Delivered to your Email!

Stay up-to-date with Airstream news in your inbox!

unsusbcribe at anytime with one click

Close [X]