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Old 02-21-2016, 09:56 PM   #85
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I was a little apprehensive at first too. After the first rivet or too it flies! I have the whole family helping- wife, 13,10 and 8 year old kids. I started with the patches. At first we squished the too much. Not good- drill out start over. The just need to be mushroomed. My 8 year old does the best. Look at the other rivets already in place and copy. For my gun it's two short blurps- less than 2 seconds and they are perfect. I'm considering replacing all the rivets. That way I know they would all be sealed. Good luck. Buck riveting is the best part.
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:13 PM   #86
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Old 02-21-2016, 10:17 PM   #87
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Old 03-08-2016, 07:41 PM   #88
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Here's my newly made banana wrap jig. I've already formed the poster board templates- once on jig to get ballpark measurements, once on camper to fine tune and then on the jig again for final fit. Now time to cut metal and rivet together! Pics to come.

All I have all the patches done and leaking rivets replaced. Rain in 2 days will let me know if I got them all.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-08-2016, 11:23 PM   #89
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Here what I've done so far. Click image for larger version

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It's not to bad but near the center it buckles some. I may try some thinner pieces in the center
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Old 03-10-2016, 07:49 AM   #90
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Wow ! That is impressive.

I am just planning on reusing my banana wraps. I'll have to replace some of the aluminum on the bottom side of the pan, but I think my banana wraps are OK. I was really worried about damaging the wraps when I pulled them off, because I felt like it would be really hard to replace them if I messed them up, but now I know its possible.

Thanks for sharing !
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Old 03-10-2016, 01:00 PM   #91
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I would reuse mine but I raised the camper 4 in so I was going to have to modify them anyway. Plus they were damaged and badly patched.
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Old 03-12-2016, 08:19 PM   #92
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Making 7 panel banana wraps is tough. It's out of my skill level. The radius is too sharp for them to lay flat when riveting. So scratch that idea!!! So I pulled the originals out and modified them to work and I'll add a custom patch over the hole. Click image for larger version

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I've hit that mode where countless hours fabricating cool ideas have given way to modify and patch what you got so you can use it!!👍😃
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Old 03-13-2016, 07:17 PM   #93
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I here ya. We just finished knocking dents out of our banana raps and priming them today. We are planning on hitting national parks starting mid June, and have so much work to do. We are starting to prioritize. We won't have it all done.

I got my axles ordered this week from Colin Hyde. He seems super knowledgeable and helpful.

I've cleaned and primed the front third of the frame, and we are going to start putting floor in this week.

FYI, I did find out there are a couple of resources online for buying the wraps in case you want to go that route:

http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...roducts_id=995

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...p/vts-2024.htm

You are doing great work. And I really appreciate you sharing what you've learned. It has been super helpful for me, and others as well I'm sure.

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Old 03-23-2016, 10:43 PM   #94
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Repaired and painted banana wraps. Temp installed the 1st one.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-30-2016, 01:49 PM   #95
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Banana wraps installed. I'm doing a happy dance. The shell is now installed.

Note: do not mask off newly painted metal until completely cured for 30 days or so- the paint peeled like a banana- pun intended.

Cleaning up windows to caulk. Never used silicon to seal the windows or anything on a camper. I spent an hour with a razor and steel wool getting the silicon haze/etch off. To the PO- thank u. I now know why one does not use silicon and I now have two beautiful panorama windows that I appreciate 😎
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What paint did you use on the aluminum? Did you have to prime it?
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Old 03-30-2016, 11:05 PM   #97
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Primed with ace galvanized and aluminum primer and top coated with ace rust stop paint. It takes about a month to fully cure. I also add valspar hardener in the paint. I scuff the metal with 400 grit sandpaper first. I painted my aluminum popup 2 yrs ago and it's holding up great and looks good.
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Old 04-09-2016, 09:05 PM   #98
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Caulked the windows. Painted the exterior interior skins with the ceramic paintClick image for larger version

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