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Old 11-13-2006, 09:12 AM   #1
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replaced skin-homemade C channel

We discovered a replaced portion of the skin on the right front corner. Instead of factory C channel it has been cut to bend and anchored with a lot of rivets.

Does this appear to be sound enough or should this be dismantled and a factory C channel installed?
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:18 AM   #2
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I would not trust it. Each cut into the aluminum has weakened that area and can travel up past the bend. Also there appears to be a wet spot on the floor has this been corrected?
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Old 11-13-2006, 09:38 AM   #3
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Yes, we are aware that we have a leak on both front corners; we haven't gotten a chance to track these down yet.
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It looks just like the factory original corner on my '59. Structurally I think it's ok if you fix the leak and replace any rot.

I don't know what year the factory switched to 'bent' C-channels.
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Old 11-13-2006, 10:18 AM   #5
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We discovered a replaced portion of the skin on the right front corner. Instead of factory C channel it has been cut to bend and anchored with a lot of rivets.

Does this appear to be sound enough or should this be dismantled and a factory C channel installed?
Hi Mark; I personally think that what you have done is going to be fine. However I would reinforce the corner next to the skin, but not including covering the rivets with Gray Marine Tex. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 11-13-2006, 11:41 AM   #6
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Well, if we can keep that the way it is, that will be one less repair.

1,082 more to go,........LOL.

Thanks all.
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We discovered a replaced portion of the skin on the right front corner. Instead of factory C channel it has been cut to bend and anchored with a lot of rivets.

Does this appear to be sound enough or should this be dismantled and a factory C channel installed?
The original factory floor channels are one piece, with no cuts in them.

Someone has replaced yours with what appears to be on top of the floor only.

The correct floor channel for your trailer, slides over the edge of the plywood, plus having the U channel on top of the floor.

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Old 11-13-2006, 12:52 PM   #8
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Thank you bunches for that picture. That shows us perfectly what this should look like. Now does this come as one piece? Or is the u channel on top of the floor a seperate piece from the part that slides over the plywood?
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Thank you bunches for that picture. That shows us perfectly what this should look like. Now does this come as one piece? Or is the u channel on top of the floor a seperate piece from the part that slides over the plywood?
The bottom part slides over the plywood floor.

That then leaves the two verticals. The one one the left is for the outside metal and the one on the right is for the insde metal.

The floor channels come in one huge "U" shaped piece, but we cut them in half in order to ship them with UPS.

Actually the bottom part should be straight instead of angled as shown in the photo. I just grabbed one so that I could take a photo of it for you.

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Ok, I guess that I'm going to have to order this, probably for the front and back both since we are doing some repair to the back as well to replace about a 2" wide section of rotted floor in back.

Andy - I spoke to you before by phone and will call you to do some ordering as soon as we decide what all we need first. The hubby is already suffering from aluminumrepairitis and is taking a couple of days off from the AS to do fall yard work.
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The hubby is already suffering from aluminumrepairitis and is taking a couple of days off from the AS to do fall yard work.

Yard work = Bummer.

Yard work = a little beer.

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Andy,

Can you tell us (approximately) when the factory changed to the extruded C-channel?

Thanks!
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Can you tell us (approximately) when the factory changed to the extruded C-channel?

Thanks!

Best I can find out from drawings or from Airstream, is probably 1982.

We have installed it on older coaches that had rear end separation, but had to adjust the curve, by cutting a few slots in it, but certainly not like the photo from wannaroam.

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Oh, yeah; you got that right!!
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