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Old 06-28-2012, 04:27 PM   #1
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Side window weep hole covers

The side windows have an oval slot at the bottom which is covered by a plastic "weep hole cover", Airstream part number 372062-01. It has a rivet at the lower edge holding it in place. I have broken one and need a replacement, but they are "no longer available" at Out-of-Doors Mart. If anyone knows where one is, please let me know. Thanks
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Old 06-28-2012, 07:14 PM   #2
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Several discussions concering these pieces of plastic here on the Classics section of the forum. Several were actually considering getting a custom aluminum version made, since the plastic does not hold up. No idea about that progress, but I feel certain Andy, at Inland RV has them for sale.
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Old 06-29-2012, 08:00 AM   #3
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They are nolonger available so it seems. I'm still waiting for the guy I sent my 2nd to last one to construct in alluminum Claims he can, but no prototype has showed up yet. If anyone finds some, count me in!
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Prototype has been completed. They are produced out of copper and can be painted to match all years of classics.On mine 9 of them are going to be painted aluminum color and 21 dark grey to match the window trim. It looks like the price will end up at about $15. each which does not seem to bad as the plastic ones got to an $11 dollar cost. Once installed, they will never need to be replaced again! When I install, will post pixs which should be in the next couple of weeks.
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Copper sounds cool! Let us know how they look. Andy has, last I heard, both sizes in stock. They are a hassle to install; best soak them in hot water before trying to slip the tabs in.
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Old 07-13-2012, 06:34 PM   #6
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Oasis RV in Tucson, AZ, had them a couple of years ago...I think they were $14-15 each...they have some new-in-stock items for older units...
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Old 07-24-2012, 08:18 PM   #7
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ID:	163838Attached are photos of the new copper weephole covers along with the plastic one to the side. The copper one has been painted to match the grey arround the windowes of my 89 345. will attach one in the next day or so and try to get a better photo after riveting it to the weep hole. I will get the fabricator to produce as many as you need. NOTE, ONCE REPLACED THEY WILL NEVER NEED TO BE DONE AGAIN! I,m going to do all 30 shortly. Again, the price is about $17 ea. plus freight (USPS small box - $5.50 ?) If I can get a bunch of pieces at one time, I will try to negotiate a better price. My intention is not to make money, but help the Classic MH community. Note, they will all be primed to be painted buy you to the color you need.
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Does copper react with aluminum, is that why people are painting them? I would love to keep them copper, otherwise.
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They can be as raw copper. I don't believe there would be any problem with copper and alluminum. If left raw, they will turn green eventually. Because the seams have been soddered, it would need to be finely sanded and polished. As you probably know, the plastic ones turn a light grey, almost white, then get brittle will fall off!
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Old 07-25-2012, 09:53 AM   #10
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Well, I wish this weren't true, but I just looked it up and copper and aluminum do have different electrode potentials and will generate a voltage and there will be galvanic oxidation. According to this article in Wikipedia, one solution is to insulate them from each other somehow with (gaack!) plastic or epoxy. They're saying you should coat both materials, or if not that, at least the more noble, in this case copper. Here's the wikipedia article which inlcudes a chart at the bottom that includes copper and aluminum.

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The thing is, why would they make them out of copper then?

We run into this all the time on our tug and we put 22 huge pizza size zincs on our steel hull to keep it from electrolyizing.

I still want to have the copper details! It would look so cool. What is the solder made of?
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jenniflow,
Am very familar with the cocept of electrolisis with boats. Looking at your research which does make sense, I don't belive that the contact between the two would effect our motor homes with in their possible life span considering most of us will not be worried long after we are gone ( many many years). If this is a real issue, they can be constructed out of brass if the extra cost is worth it to you!
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My original intention was to have them costructed from aluminum. Problem was welding the seams (helliarc) on thin material. Any suggestions will be accepted. Thanks
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Problem was welding the seams (helliarc) on thin material. Any suggestions will be accepted. Thanks
Not a suggestion but here's an similarity. The guy that was able to heli-arc my screen door has since retired but here's a picture showing it can be done on flat surface. Material thickness should be similar but trying this on seams would be very much more challenging.
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Attachment 163838Attached are photos of the new copper weephole covers along with the plastic one to the side. The copper one has been painted to match the grey arround the windowes of my 89 345. will attach one in the next day or so and try to get a better photo after riveting it to the weep hole. I will get the fabricator to produce as many as you need. NOTE, ONCE REPLACED THEY WILL NEVER NEED TO BE DONE AGAIN! I,m going to do all 30 shortly. Again, the price is about $17 ea. plus freight (USPS small box - $5.50 ?) If I can get a bunch of pieces at one time, I will try to negotiate a better price. My intention is not to make money, but help the Classic MH community. Note, they will all be primed to be painted buy you to the color you need.
Are the new copper ones on the left of all the pictures?

I'd like to see them installed as well with the screens in place. Post as hi res as you can raveson. If everything looks kosha then let your fabricator know I'm in for a full set for a 345.
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