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Old 03-16-2019, 06:34 PM   #1
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Question What tools for window replacement?

Hey Folks,

We're a little pressed for time in answering the following question. We're trying to place an order quickly in time for my husband to pick it up during his short trip to the US tomorrow this week.

Question is: what tools does he need to replace a front curbside corner window glass on a 1982 34' Limited trailer?

We have an insurance claim in process. There are no Airstream service people in our area in Baja, so we're filing the claim to reimburse us for the tools and supplies we'd need to do it ourselves. My husband is pretty handy and is going to take it on.

Do we need a $1k Gesipa cordless rivet tool for use with Olympic bulb-tite rivets? or something less spendy? What else do we need?

If we don't do it this way, we'd be asking the insurance company to pay for a 2000-mile tow round-trip to a service center that can handle it, so we feel it's fair for them to pay for the tools we'll really need rather than trying to boot-strap some kit together.

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Old 03-16-2019, 06:42 PM   #2
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A hand rivet gun works fine for Olympic rivets. You will also need a rivet shaver to make the rivet look like a bucked rivet. You can find these items here: https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/category-s/205.htm
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Question What about an Astro 1423 13-inch heavy-duty hand-riveter?

Too cheap? Is it what we need?

https://www.amazon.com/Astro-1423-13...r=8-3-fkmrnull

And what type of rivets do we need?

Are there other tool or supplies we'd need?

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Old 03-16-2019, 06:56 PM   #4
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To rivet shave or not to rivet shave

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A hand rivet gun works fine for Olympic rivets. You will also need a rivet shaver to make the rivet look like a bucked rivet. You can find these items here: https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/category-s/205.htm
Thanks azflycaster!

My husband is busy figuring out whether he really needs the rivet shaver but I'm not interested in economizing since we don't have a lot of other tools with us to compensate for not having the rivet shaver!

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I have done some rivet cleaning with a dremel tool, but the rivets were out of the way like awning rails and refrigerator vents. Window rivets are very noticeable. You could clean the rivets up as best you can and shave later if you want. You might luck out and find someone with a shaver in your area.
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A simple pop rivet gun will work fine.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/DEWALT-6...R77C/204285381

Rivet shaver is a must!

If you have access to an air compressor a $50 pneumatic pop rivet gun would be real nice.
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Thumbs up front window rivets

Yes, I agree, these are highly visible.

And our dremel is in Nevada.

So I think we'll end up with the shaver.

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A shaver also makes sure the rivet head seals tight. It kinda smears the metal together on the end on the rivet.

But as far as a pop rivet gun goes. Pneumatic would be best but a Plain Jane pop rivet gun will do the job.
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Thanks GMFL, that’s good to know. I will pass it on.
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I live in Mexico too part time and im interested that your getting Mex insurance to pay for tools etc .... im subscribing to your post to see how it turns out . keep us posted.
Most insurance won't pay for you to do work. Which Insurance co are you using??

Pop rivet gun ....rivet shaver from Vintage RV (attaches to drill).... razor knife and basic tools
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Other brands?

I am seeing other "bulb-tite" brands available on Amazon (such as "Imperial"). Are these equivalent to Olympic? I am not looking for a better price, so much a speed of shipment, as I am only in the U.S. for a couple of days.

It looks like the part number for rivets that look identical is RV6607.
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