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Old 01-31-2013, 08:50 PM   #29
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Thanks, Wazbro, for the packing tape link. I'm going to buy it right now (gotta love Amazon- all hours shopping. Dangerous when you have a big project like an Airstream!)
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:27 PM   #30
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I know it's better than having your door fly open. But if you can come up with another way...do it! I used a few strips of duct tape over Christmas to tape some led Xmas lights on the outside. Unfortunately they all let loose of the wires, but stayed firmly onto the AS skin of my fairly new 2012 Sport 16. I removed the tape and managed to find enough edges to just let the lights hang onto the AS without tape. After Christmas I set about removing the tape residue from the AS skin. After trying several different methods I found that alternating alcohol and Walbernize was the only workable method without destroying the finish. A few hours later I managed to rub off the dozen or so places were I had put short strips of tape.

If you use duct tape you will have a lot of work to do cleaning it off. One advantage for you is that you probably don't have any clearcoat to worry about, so maybe you can just buff it off.

Good luck!
Well that's a sobering story! Glad your perseverance lead to a damage-free solution. I think I'll take the suggestion to use the low residue packing tape. I'll just use a LOT of it! Do you plan to hang lights next year? Airstreams with lights are awesome! Maybe someday I can dress mine up like that. For now, I think it's in such a state that I want to attract as little attention as possible (hoping my neighbors don't get irritated with me, because it's a bit of an eyesore at the moment ).
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:31 PM   #31
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So, with the wheel off it seems easy enough to tell. But is there an obvious visible separation when the wheel is on the trailer?

Is it dangerous to have a split rim when servicing the trailer running gear, or is it dangerous on the road (or all of the above)?
That ring is on the outside of the rim easy to see when on the trailer, there is a small gap in the ring and a seem going around the rim.

99% of the danger is when pumping the tire up to seat the bead after changing the tire. The other 1% is when going down the road, which probably isn't any worse then using 6+ year old ST tires, except your tires might be much more the 6 years old witch would make me worry more then the rims.
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:39 PM   #32
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That ring is on the outside of the rim easy to see when on the trailer, there is a small gap in the ring and a seem going around the rim.

99% of the danger is when pumping the tire up to seat the bead after changing the tire. The other 1% is when going down the road, which probably isn't any worse then using 6+ year old ST tires, except your tires might be much more the 6 years old witch would make me worry more then the rims.
Thank you for the information. I just looked at a photo of one of my wheels, and there isn't a gap anywhere that I can see. There is a lot of surface rust on the wheel, so it's hard to say for sure. I wanted to post a picture here, but for some reason I can't figure out how to do it. Can I upload from my computer? It's asking me for an url..
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:40 PM   #33
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Old 01-31-2013, 09:45 PM   #34
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. I wanted to post a picture here, but for some reason I can't figure out how to do it. Can I upload from my computer? It's asking me for an url..
Yay for pictures! To attach a picture, click on the icon that looks like a paper clip.
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Preparing for the First Tow Home

Thank you, Hi Ho. I've read that article before, awesome resource. I have it bookmarked, even! Guess I didn't think to reread it since I won't be the one doing the towing... But I'm going to print it out right now and review. I guess right now I'm just overwhelmed with excitement, anxiety, guilt (about the rust and rot that I am responsible for)... All these emotions, and the travel date is still weeks away. Boy oh boy!
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Yay for pictures! To attach a picture, click on the icon that looks like a paper clip.
D'oh! I feel silly. I was clicking on the icon that looks like a picture. Honest mistake, I suppose! Thank you for setting me straight! Now I just have to wait for my slooow computer! Click image for larger version

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ID:	177838I was sent these pictures yesterday. I'm soooo glad that I removed all the cabinet doors and hardware... Everything inside looks so worn and weary. I like the original stuff (original layout, original cabinets, original appliances). I know it's super impractical, but I'd like to restore her to look more or less like she used to!
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Interior

I love this fridge. I read somewhere that it's nearly impossible to get parts, so if it isn't working, I guess that's that. I also have the Princess stove. Love, love, love!Click image for larger version

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Well that's a sobering story! Glad your perseverance lead to a damage-free solution. I think I'll take the suggestion to use the low residue packing tape. I'll just use a LOT of it! Do you plan to hang lights next year? Airstreams with lights are awesome! Maybe someday I can dress mine up like that. For now, I think it's in such a state that I want to attract as little attention as possible (hoping my neighbors don't get irritated with me, because it's a bit of an eyesore at the moment ).
Definitely! You should do yours too. It adds a lot.
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Love the Christmas lights!!
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Definitely NOT a split rim in that picture.
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Definitely NOT a split rim in that picture.
Thank you, that's good to know.
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