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Old 03-22-2011, 09:10 PM   #253
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Two things. A few of them didn't stay stuck on the shell, and a couple the plastic separated from the sticky base.

Have you used this two sided tape for this purpose in your trailer?

These items are supposed to be specifically for this purpose. I may have put too much strain (weight) on the ones that came loose.
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Yes Daniel I have used that kind of tape on several different applications. I used it for the trailer to attach the compartment doors to the shell and have used in elsewhere not for the trailer. Go to an auto supply store and ask for body side molding 2 sided tape. Get the 3M brand and not some cheap foreign junk or you'll have the same problem. Maybe you didn't let the adhesive cure before hanging any weight on the clamp. Try that first, attach them leave them on for a few days then hang the wires. The shell must be perfectly clean before applying it otherwise you will just stick it to the dirt.
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Daniel,
There is some good info on double sided tape on this thread.
I'm with Chris. Get some 3m tape.
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Have you used the tape for this purpose? There are always down sides that you don't discover until you actually do something.
Looks like useful stuff though.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:44 PM   #258
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power panel

Woot! got the 30 amp distribution panel and breakers for shore power today from BestConverter.com.
-30 amp main breaker
- 2 15 amp breakers
- 1 20 amp breaker for the AC

There is always a down side.

To test the hookup I either have to:
1) Move the trailer
2) Make a long extension cord and add a breaker to the outside breaker panel
3) Something else

I'm going to have to go with 3). Can't move the trailer because I don't have a tow vehicle.

I have this old generator that came out of an old 74 motorhome. This will be my test power (if I can get it running). It's specs are:
-2700w
-120v
-23-25 amps
- 2 wire single phase

Plan is to slap a 20 amp female on it, use an adapter to plug the 30 amp male from the trailer into the 20 amp female from the generator.

This is all going to come together.. someday..

Strongly leaning toward not using buck rivets but instead bolts for the structural attachments. That 15 Strike Eagle that crashed was going maybe mach 2.. my Airstream won't go near that fast..
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Strongly leaning toward not using buck rivets but instead bolts for the structural attachments. That 15 Strike Eagle that crashed was going maybe mach 2.. my Airstream won't go near that fast..

Really bad idea Daniel. can I ask why you want to use bolts instead of bucks? exactly what do you want to "bolt" together instead of riveting?
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Old 03-23-2011, 07:06 PM   #260
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Why is it a really bad idea?
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Well first of all if your talking about bolting the shell back on with bolts it will look like s**t and the bolt heads wont be recessed enough for the lower beltline trim to be installed. The same for the bellypan installation to the shell. It will also leak like a sieve. The there will be too much movement as the bolts don't hold panels together as tight as rivets.
Are you just unsure about bucking in rivets or is the price of the tool a factor?
It's actually quite easy to buck. I was aprehensive as well but found it very easy to do. You do have to resist the temptation to buck the heck out of them. They install with very little effort and a short application of the gun maybe one second or less.
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The only place that I can see that they would be visible is on the front under the window where the hold down plate is. That is not a deal killer.
The beltline might be manageable depending on the bolts.
The movement/tightness thing might be a deal killer.

I'm looking at it from a cost/benefit perspective. If I have to buy a rivet gun, buy an air compressor, and whatever else that could add up to $500.. not sure it would be worth it versus maybe $50 in bolts.
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Daniel nonsense. A used bucking gun can be had on e-bay for $50 or less and all you need is the smallest air compressor as the gun does not take much air at all. I have a large compressor and we could buck for over an hour before the compressor came on. You will need a few clecos which aren't much mooloa either. I get you some links if you like.
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That doesn't sound bad. I need to start scrounging around. I guess there is no real hurry.
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That is way less than I thought that I was going to have to buy. I owe you (another) one, bro..
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