When I bought my Airstream it had a bead of sealant along the belt line of the lower quarter panels. I didn't think much of it at the time, and had no idea what body separation was. 6000 miles later, I lost my roadside banana wrap on the interstate. Once back home, I surveyed the damage and noticed a gap between front lower quarter panels and the belt line. Removing the belt line revealed that the aluminum skin hade torn through it's fasteners was being pushed inside the trailer above the c channel.
Realizing I had a major repair ahead of me, I researched the problem on Air forums and figured I take a look under the interior skin. What I saw......
My Excella was made without a front hold down plate. The 2 aluminum beams meant to provide support to the outer skin were each fastened to the C channel with one rivet that failed.
I got a quote on a hold down plate from Inland RV at $160. It's not in stock, and price doesn't include shipping. I'd like to get started on this ASAP , and figure I can have a plate fabricated here, but I don't know what angle to bend the stock to.
I'm also looking for suggestions on repairing the connection of the vertical beams to c channel. I'm thinking of making "feet" out of angle aluminum on each side of the beams and fastening with rivets.
Thanks in advance for any thoughts.