Very kind indeed, and I will definitely be in touch, Aerowood. My focus right now is getting the shell off the frame, frame issues and leaks are the primary reason for starting the project. Once I have a flat, level frame with a good deck, I'll be ready to start in on the shell repairs.
David, I haven't seen the video you mentioned, but I'm NOT talking about replacing end caps, I'd be replacing the entire top half of the straight section of my AS. Add in the fact that I'm working by myself, and you should start to get an idea of the size of the job. So some sort of patch will have to be the answer.
Perry, I can't speak to this things history before we bought it, but based on things like bumper stickers and an old newspaper stuffed under the bath slider lower track, it's seen some miles, and been to the opposite corner of the country and back at least once. We bought it in Tacoma, WA, and it had been lived in full time by the PO, although we don't know how long. We DO know he/they were heavy smokers. We thought the interior walls were brown, a couple of gallons of Pro 409 later and the true off-white color was revealed
It hasn't had an easy life since we got it, either, it spent the first 5 or 6 years parked on a mountain, left to fend for itself over the winter. Come to think of it, that could be the cause of this corrosion, we used to get a lot more snow back then, it probably spent most of the winter pretty much buried in snow. It's spent the last 3 years mostly in my shop, I've either been working on it, or planning to. Before that, although no longer spending winters buried in a snow bank, it was still outside, fluctuating from cold and snowy to hot and dry. Needless to say, after all the work I'm doing/planning on doing, unless we're on the road with it, it will live in my shop from now on
Thanks again, Aerowood, and I WILL be in touch soon. Later.