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Old 08-03-2011, 10:34 PM   #29
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Palmtreegirl, don't get too nervous. My 77 has the exact same wall separation and I have several sheared interior rivets over the wheelwells. In fact, the upper storage bins over the twin bed actually came loose from the wall. The original axles were shot and my parents towed it for several years and many thousands of miles on bad axles. I took it to Andy last year and he put new axles on it and I had new tires installed and balanced and have had no further separation or failed interior rivets after 5000 miles. I asked Andy and Greg about repairing the wall separation but it would have required alot of labor to access the areas...the beds and half the kitchen would have to be removed. The only time I recognize they are loose at the bottom is when I'm in bed and my feet touch the wall. My trailer has 2 sliding doors in the wall that separates the bedroom from the kitchen. Before the new axles, the doors would not close properly and touched at the bottom with a large gap at the top. One of these days I'm going to drill out and replace the sheared rivets. I noticed on my most recent trip the doors close evenly once again. Perhaps my frame is returning to normal from the smooth ride?
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:39 AM   #30
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I noticed on my most recent trip the doors close evenly once again. Perhaps my frame is returning to normal from the smooth ride?
I can only hope that this happens to mine!

Sorry on the part number failure on my part Andy, I just did not type the last '1' in 200-221 SPECIAL in the Centramatic. I'm just praying that this will correct my problem.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:47 AM   #31
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Palmtreegirl, don't get too nervous. My 77 has the exact same wall separation and I have several sheared interior rivets over the wheelwells. ?
dougsale, How did you handle the problem with the wheelwells? I'm not sure if I should tape them or use some tar-type undercoating to seal them up. Plus the tape perhaps? They are cracked up pretty bad.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:57 AM   #32
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Liz,

This worked very well on the WW's of our 63. Use on the inside as in your pic's.


I covered the cracks with a layer of weather strip adhesive and then the tape... Really sticky stuff, clean area with mineral spirits first.

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Anytime you are repairing a crack, it is a good idea to drill a small hole (1/8 or so) in the leading edge of the crack.
The hole will keep it from spreading further.
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Bob,
I couldn't connect to the links - what type of tape and adhesive is it?
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I'll drill holes in those cracks - thanks for the tip meadowlm!
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Bob,
I couldn't connect to the links - what type of tape and adhesive is it?
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I'll drill holes in those cracks - thanks for the tip meadowlm!
My bad...sorry

Forgot about Marine Tex...if I was to do it now thats what I would use to cover the cracks. Great stuff, worked for a gel-coat repair on the boat!!!
Read the reviews on the ad.

Marine-Tex Epoxy

It's now included in the AS tool kit!!!


Aluminum Foil Tape, 3M Aluminum Foil Tape in Stock - ULINE


http://www.permatex.com/products/aut...p_Adhesive.htm
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WOW! That tape is expensive! It says you should use within 18 months -- who could possibly use a 60 yard roll in that time? If I covered the trailer to give it a new finish perhaps...... I might try the Marine Tex - would you use the tape as well? I'm hoping Lowes or HD has shorter rolls of it.
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WOW! That tape is expensive! It says you should use within 18 months -- who could possibly use a 60 yard roll in that time? If I covered the trailer to give it a new finish perhaps...... I might try the Marine Tex - would you use the tape as well? I'm hoping Lowes or HD has shorter rolls of it.
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You should be able to get the tape shorter and cheaper at HD.
The Marine-Tex is a good option for the cracks.
Also works really well for stripped wood screw holes. I also used it to repair cracks on the AC shroud and to re-secure the channel for our shower door.

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Well, I found an HVAC foil tape at Lowes that was WAY cheaper than the 3M - rating is -20 to 220 degrees - I did not purchase - I wasn't sure if a knock-off would work the same?

White or gray on the Marine-Tex? Says the different colors are for different applications.......and how far will 2 oz go?
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Liz,

This stuff will work fine, that 3m was a hi-temp product.

Actually if your planning on using the Marine-Tex you could leave it uncovered.
That way if the cracks started to expand it would be easier to see. Or theirs the old stand-by...quack tape.

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Thanks Bob!

So, how far will 2 oz go or should I purchase the larger size Marine-tex? White or gray?

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The 2oz will be plenty. I was able to do my boat repair and had enough left over to re-secure a 2ft section of the AS shower door channel where it had come loose from the wall.

Just spread a thin layer, (1/8") about 1/2" wide over each crack, let dry 24hrs and thats it. I think the white is a more useful color for different jobs.
Latex gloves are helpful, if it dries on your hands you ware it for a week.

A plastic putty spreader would come in handy also.

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Great Bob!
I just placed an order with Amazon.....should have everything all fixed up before we go camping on the island on Aug 21! I'll take the trailer to the tire store when the balancers come and (fingers crossed) THAT problem will be solved.
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