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Old 05-31-2007, 12:39 PM   #15
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If you really want to keep the trailer, find a good repairperson that won't mind you watching and asking a lot of questions. Stay with them, and see how it is done, and any tips they can give you. I would suggest letting them do the hardest segments. Also, if you are looking to save money, you may be able to find a donor coach for the parts and pieces, many will fit from different lengths and years. Take the segments off the donor coach first, so you don't mess up yours any more than it is. This will also give you practice for your segment removal.
Remember, it's going to be a lot of work. If I had to guess, I would say at least $2000 for replacing the difficult segments, plus however much you can get used segments for in the other areas, plus odds and ends like imperial rivets, Vulkem, drill bits, rivet shaver, bandaids, and alcohol.
Maybe Andy can add to my list, I've been fortunate enough to not need to do this to any of our coaches.

You mean the drinking kind ..ohhh boy do I have my work cut out for me...

Ok what kind of repair person body repair as in automobile or what exactly. I am a handyman really its just that kind of work I am not familar with ..thanks for idea by the way guys ... now I need to do some thinking on this...
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Old 05-31-2007, 02:28 PM   #16
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You mean the drinking kind ..ohhh boy do I have my work cut out for me...

Ok what kind of repair person body repair as in automobile or what exactly. I am a handyman really its just that kind of work I am not familar with ..thanks for idea by the way guys ... now I need to do some thinking on this...

Auto mechanics, "NO WAY."

Best bet, unless someone has specific Airstream sheet metal experience, is an aircraft A & E mechanic with an FAA license.

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You mean the drinking kind ..ohhh boy do I have my work cut out for me...

Ok what kind of repair person body repair as in automobile or what exactly. I am a handyman really its just that kind of work I am not familar with ..thanks for idea by the way guys ... now I need to do some thinking on this...
Auto mechanics, "NO WAY."

Best bet if you cannot find an experienced Airstream sheet metal mechanic, is to find an aircraft "A & E" with an FAA license.

Also, taking segments from one trailer with the hope of installing them on another trailer, is a very seldom accomplishment.

Why?

Front and rear end shells were assembled in a jig. Also they are held together with vulkem sealer as well as rivets, which make them difficult to take apart, without damaging the segment.

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Old 06-12-2007, 02:01 PM   #18
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Pictures of Access Doors and Metal Work

Here are the pics I promised of the access doors I had custom made by George Diehl in Western NY. The first pic is of him and if you look closely you can see where he fabricated the entryway for us (bottom of the door frame metal piece the folds up over the floor). The other pics are the 3 access doors front, back and side views.
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