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Old 05-10-2008, 04:21 PM   #29
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Mmmmm, just been thinking ( scary ), if I understand the dynamics involved correctly ( and I'm not 100 % sure I do ), reading that the skin is stressing ( is that right? ), and the ribs are stressing in that area around the big windows ( hence the need to strengthen them ), and while wanting to adhere to the whole " lightness" philosophy as practically possible ( sorry about the P's ), could you not put a heavier guage interior skin in that area to act as something like a sheet brace? Or is it a deflection issue?
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Old 05-10-2008, 04:32 PM   #30
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Mmmmm, just been thinking ( scary ), if I understand the dynamics involved correctly ( and I'm not 100 % sure I do ), reading that the skin is stressing ( is that right? ), and the ribs are stressing in that area around the big windows ( hence the need to strengthen them ), and while wanting to adhere to the whole " lightness" philosophy as practically possible ( sorry about the P's ), could you not put a heavier guage interior skin in that area to act as something like a sheet brace? Or is it a deflection issue?
The sheet metal won't help.

It's the structure that has to be beefed up.

The sheet metal will flex.

The solid figure 8 around the windows down to the floor, is the strength that the shell needs.

If you still have questions, then call me Monday.

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Old 05-11-2008, 06:22 AM   #31
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I do keep it covered, I'm a bit worried about it becoming a traffic hazard with rubber-neckers driving past my house. Polishing it has been great for my tan, albeit from the neck up!
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New Zealand!!, WOW, not to many Airstream in New Zealand I bet, I'm impressed, very cool..........I would go with Andy's suggestions, a very
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New Zealand!!, WOW, not to many Airstream in New Zealand I bet, I'm impressed, very cool..........I would go with Andy's suggestions, a very
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Nope, not too many Airstreams in NZ, Toastie, a small handfull at best, I would think. Which is good in someways but not so good in others. Thank goodness for all the talent on these forums is all I can say! Hey, I realise this is'nt really the right dept for this and it has probably being thrashed to bits anyway but Toasties reply highlighted it to me. I am no longer covering my trailer with those cheap tarps, now that I have the sides to my port closed in more, it is not recommended and I only did it under duress for a very short time as the trailer needed immediate protection from nearby rainsplash that was enough to bead on the roof but not enough to run off, developing into even more corrosion on the roof than was originally there, which set the polish back a bit. Back a bit on a Sovereign can be a "Big Bit" Even though it was only covered a short while, the tarp itself did have a negative effect on the trailer polish wise. I guess a different type of tarp may have been more forgiving.

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