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Old 10-19-2013, 11:05 AM   #1
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Battery door frame issue

Can anyone tell me how the battery door frames are attached to the skin/ribs? Last night I think I had my WD set too tight for my 1500 Express van and I got some flexing of the skin at the inner edge of the door frame. No apparent rib damage, just outer skin pulled away from the frame and split the sealer. There is now a small gap along that edge. Popped blind rivets? Can they be accessed from the gap in the inner skin cutout between the battery box and the inner skin?
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:42 AM   #2
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Rich, I think you have to remove the bottom wrap molding to get access to those rivets.
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Old 10-19-2013, 11:47 AM   #3
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Even the ones on the vertical edges of the door????? I can't visualize that....or are there any on the vertical edges (sides)?
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Maybe I'm not understanding what rivets you are talking about. The rivets that hold the bottom of the front skin to the frame are under the lower wrap molding.
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Old 10-19-2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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Most compartments in the oldies have the compartment access doors bucked to the outer skin to access it you will need to remove that inner skin section or it would be cheaper and easier to remove the old rivets and use Olympic rivets to replace the sheared rivets. Caution the shaver for those rivets is expensive.
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Frames NOT doors are riveted
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So is there a flange, hidden from the outside but riveted from the inside? The cutouts in the inner skin are about 3/4" larger than the mouth of the batt box, so I wonder if the rivets may be accessible after removing the visible insulation. Does anyone know of a thread showing pic of a naked battery door from the inside? I can't find one. I'd like to know where I'm going before I get home and have to remove the couch and possibly the electrical center....and the amp and subwoofer.
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Steve, I am assuming there are hidden blind rivets which attach the cast aluminum door frames to the outer skin. There is no visible attachment from the outside of the trailer , so I assume a blind rivet to a hidden flange cast into the frame. It just isn't easy to see anything with the couch, insulation, and all the electrics in the way.
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Cliff, how applied and where are the rivets? There are no visible attachment methods to be seen from the exterior.
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OK, that's a different area than I thought you were talking about....I thought you were talking about the bottom of that panel.

Are you sure there are even rivets there?
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no, Steve, I'm not sure...but something has to hold that frame in place. I can't believe the sealer was the only adhesive method retaining the skin to the frame. I'm a bit baffled.
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I really don't know either, but I do know that front flat panel is supposed to be heavier, thicker gage aluminum that most all of the rest of the body of the trailer.

I think I would call Airstream and ask them how it is attached and how you get access to those fasteners.
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