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Old 09-08-2018, 03:18 PM   #1
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Pop Goes the Rivet or Missing interior pop rivets 22FB

After 7k miles we have now discovered 6+ missing interior pop rivets from panels over the 22FB dinette.

Any good source or kit for the replacements and just how hard will this task be?

(I did search the forum to see if anyone had posted similar)
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Old 09-08-2018, 03:50 PM   #2
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Popped rivets

Not sure about how to fix, but you may want to look at your towing setup. What tire pressure are you running? What WD hitch and the bar rating? How much weight are you transferring back to front axle of tow vehicle? 6 rivets popped in just 7k miles is a lot unless you have been on some pretty bad roads. Your towing a fairly lite trailer. Could your tow vehicle have an overly stiff suspension for the amount of tongue weight your carrying. Just a couple of thoughts. I am sure there are a bunch of Streamers that can chime in on how to replace rivets. I think Airstream sells a kit that includes everything you need in it. Good luck and safe travels.
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After 7k miles we have now discovered 6+ missing interior pop rivets from panels over the 22FB dinette.

Any good source or kit for the replacements and just how hard will this task be?
Menards and Home depot have white aluminum rivets. You will need size 1/8 diameter and a pop rivet tool, a good brand is Marson clik fast, well made w/several heads. It is very easy to replace rivets and if have to drill takes 1/8 bit. Buy a good tool as you will have many uses for it as a AS owner there will be more pop off. As far as usage, very simple put rivet in tool then in hole squeze handle stem will break off, nothing else to do, that's it. You can also place rivet in hole then in tool, makes no dif.
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:03 PM   #4
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Not sure about how to fix, but you may want to look at your towing setup. What tire pressure are you running? What WD hitch and the bar rating? How much weight are you transferring back to front axle of tow vehicle? 6 rivets popped in just 7k miles is a lot unless you have been on some pretty bad roads. Your towing a fairly lite trailer. Could your tow vehicle have an overly stiff suspension for the amount of tongue weight your carrying. Just a couple of thoughts. I am sure there are a bunch of Streamers that can chime in on how to replace rivets. I think Airstream sells a kit that includes everything you need in it. Good luck and safe travels.
I think - THINK it may have happened when the police made me tow over a center median to avoid a 2 hour delay traffic accident. I didn't want to do it but there was no room to argue. The median was fairly tall and I took it slow to avoid the jack post etc. But the angle and the rise difference in TV and AS may have torqued the frame (not badly but enough to pop a few rivets). Never had any other problems in the first 5000 miles.
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Not sure about how to fix, but you may want to look at your towing setup. What tire pressure are you running? What WD hitch and the bar rating? How much weight are you transferring back to front axle of tow vehicle? 6 rivets popped in just 7k miles is a lot unless you have been on some pretty bad roads. Your towing a fairly lite trailer. Could your tow vehicle have an overly stiff suspension for the amount of tongue weight your carrying. Just a couple of thoughts. I am sure there are a bunch of Streamers that can chime in on how to replace rivets. I think Airstream sells a kit that includes everything you need in it. Good luck and safe travels.
You don't need big $ dollar kit from AS and pop rivets same either big box or AS. I have used thousands of pop rivets all sizes, only thing when using on AS buy aluminum not steel rivets. If you don't need white regular aluminum same thing, you cannot tell dif . between factory or after market
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I would discount driving over a median as a factor.
Look more to excessive tire pressure, speed on rough roads, or just ?

Replace them and see what happens next time. In 300000 miles, my Triaxle has lost 4 interior rivets, and loosened one outside.

Buy a $20 rivet gun from Lowes, a $3 box of 1/8" pop rivets... step back and enjoy your handiwork!
Sweat not, theyre just pop rivets, loosing a few offers zero effect on structure.
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I would discount driving over a median as a factor.
Look more to excessive tire pressure, speed on rough roads, or just ?

Replace them and see what happens next time. In 300000 miles, my Triaxle has lost 4 interior rivets, and loosened one outside.

Buy a $20 rivet gun from Lowes, a $3 box of 1/8" pop rivets... step back and enjoy your handiwork!
Sweat not, theyre just pop rivets, loosing a few offers zero effect on structure.
Thanks A13. I keep my GYE at 80 psi and speed well below rated zoom. We drive hard surface roads. The ‘hump jump’ was the only factor I could consider on last two outings that may have caused the flex.

I will buy the pop rivet set and proceed to make my wife happy by filling in the holes over the dinette. Elsewise, no exterior rivets are missing. All seems copacetic.

Remember, A13, your Excella was built in a different era when materials and workmanship was perhaps better than 2018. Today it is a swag if everything will hold up.
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Thanks A13. I keep my GYE at 80 psi and speed well below rated zoom. We drive hard surface roads. The ‘hump jump’ was the only factor I could consider on last two outings that may have caused the flex.

I will buy the pop rivet set and proceed to make my wife happy by filling in the holes over the dinette. Elsewise, no exterior rivets are missing. All seems copacetic.

Remember, A13, your Excella was built in a different era when materials and workmanship was perhaps better than 2018. Today it is a swag if everything will hold up.
22' Sport... The GYE's have a very stiff sidewall, drop the TP to 65psi.

I started at 80 with our GYE's, dropped to 70 with room to spare.👍

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22' Sport... The GYE's have a very stiff sidewall, drop the TP to 65psi.

I started at 80 with our GYE's, dropped to 70 with room to spare.👍

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Hey Bob. Thanks but the ‘book’ says 80 psi to support 4500 lbs. Less air and less support. Just thinking out loud.

Don’t want to make this a tire thread - But I’m willing to consider all possible reasons for popping 6 rivets in 7k miles.
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After 7k miles we have now discovered 6+ missing interior pop rivets from panels over the 22FB dinette.

Any good source or kit for the replacements and just how hard will this task be?

(I did search the forum to see if anyone had posted similar)
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Mike... were the rivets that popped on the curved section of the interior?

If I have a popped rivet, it has been on the curves.

Reasons why my Rivets Pop:

I have a F350 4x4 as our tow vehicle. Over kill.
I have an Equalizer Hitch. Too stiff.
I was not counting popped rivets when towing with a 4x4 Tundra. Too soft.
I have 16" Michelins running at 60psi. Too.. just too.
I do travel on Forest Service and BLM unpaved roads. Too bad.
The rivet holes vent the heat and cold from the exterior skins

ONE good reason out of 6 is not doing too bad. Popped rivets in the interior indicates you actually use your trailer. Those who claim they have towed their Airstream 120,000 miles without a popped rivet... meant 1,200 miles, poor eye sight and half the trips they forgot to attach the trailer.

We will all survive. The trailer, may not.
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Mike... were the rivets that popped on the curved section of the interior?

If I have a popped rivet, it has been on the curves.

Reasons why my Rivets Pop:

I have a F350 4x4 as our tow vehicle. Over kill.
I have an Equalizer Hitch. Too stiff.
I was not counting popped rivets when towing with a 4x4 Tundra. Too soft.
I have 16" Michelins running at 60psi. Too.. just too.
I do travel on Forest Service and BLM unpaved roads. Too bad.
The rivet holes vent the heat and cold from the exterior skins

ONE good reason out of 6 is not doing too bad. Popped rivets in the interior indicates you actually use your trailer. Those who claim they have towed their Airstream 120,000 miles without a popped rivet... meant 1,200 miles, poor eye sight and half the trips they forgot to attach the trailer.

We will all survive. The trailer, may not.
Ray you gave me a good laugh. Yep my wife said all the popped ones were on the curve.

I may try lowering the GYE pressure to 70 psi. I willl buy the pop rivet kit. I will become an expert at riveting. I will always enjoy the wide open road.
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I had to use 'logic' when it came to popped rivets.

If I were to replace a popped rivet, with a similar rivet and expect something different to happen... well, I use the Insanity Option.

I went to Lowes and purchased Lathe Screws. There are two lengths I use. They are recommended for those individuals with an older trailer... like ours. The curved aluminum skin tend to vary in distance from the interior frame. That is why I had to use two lengths of Lathe Screws. I use my battery powered hand held screwdriver to get enough torque to get the screw to thread into the frame. The head of the lathe screw has a thin flair that acts as a washer, so not to damage your interior aluminum skin.

The purists will really burn you at the stake. I would prefer to have Steak and Burn the Purists. But these Lathe Screws hold.

Since we travel on some roads that were made by the Pioneers traveling to the West Coast in the 1850's... popped rivets are a fact of life.

I would not feel bad if you think this is a bad idea.

It will seem more reasonable when the same rivets pop... over and over.

I believe the framing is not firm enough and flexes when the trailer rocks left to right while towing. Of course, that cannot be possible. ...but the tow vehicle, hitch, tires, tire pressure, your fault always, etc...

You will be told you drive too fast, as well. Add that to the list. I have received the wrath of the pop riveter's union often... but man... those Lathe Screws are the 'pimp rivets' in my Airstream.
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Hey Bob. Thanks but the ‘book’ says 80 psi to support 4500 lbs. Less air and less support. Just thinking out loud.

Don’t want to make this a tire thread - But I’m willing to consider all possible reasons for popping 6 rivets in 7k miles.
Yes... but you have two tires. 2~4500=2250.
POI...at speed your 65 will be closer to 70psi.


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