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Old 06-11-2012, 08:41 PM   #15
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I think I'm seeing a large head pop rivet in the belly pan? 3/16 dia., 1/2" head? 1st, the length of rivet showing in the top pic would suggest the rivet is to long for the thickness you're working with. 2nd, Is the belly pan firmly agianst the cross member and the rivet firmly agianst the belly pan when you squeeze the gun? Noticed something else that may be useful to you. The B-pan is showing a fairly large opening around the old rivet hole. You can buy or make aluminum "washers" a bit larger dia. than the rivet head. They're hardly noticeable and insure the pan won't break by the rivet.
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Old 06-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #16
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One more thing.........Looks like Sodbust and I caught the same breaks. Lousy rivets, but fine ladies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:15 PM   #17
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Find yourself a small piece of aluminum, drill some holes and test out the rivet gun and rivets until you get the hang of it. Then you can just scrap that piece of aluminum instead of drilling out all the bad ones. Once you get it, you got it.
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:01 AM   #18
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Yes, those are belly pan rivets. Maybe I just need to practice more on a scrap piece. Thanks for the tips.
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Old 06-24-2012, 11:36 PM   #19
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Rivet in lower awning support bracket

Hi,
Wondering if I'm even in the right place. Got a suprise this past week, when I noticed that the lower awning support arm's rivet had broken off.

No idea where to even start with this problem. Of course, there are two bolts going into the skin where the ribs are, but the one area where it's riveted to the skin has broken completely in two.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly welcomed
Thanks, Derek
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:18 AM   #20
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Hi,
Wondering if I'm even in the right place. Got a suprise this past week, when I noticed that the lower awning support arm's rivet had broken off.

No idea where to even start with this problem. Of course, there are two bolts going into the skin where the ribs are, but the one area where it's riveted to the skin has broken completely in two.

Any thoughts or suggestions would be greatly welcomed
Thanks, Derek
From what I can see this is what I would do.
1. Remove awning arm to take weight off of it and make it accessible.
2. Remove the screws (they are stainless on my trailer) and remove the bracket, I would clean it off and drill out the rivet head if it was stuck in the bracket.
3. I would then determine if I could grind down the protruding broken rivet to get it flat, and then would drill out the remaining part with the correct size bit. I would either use a dremel tool or, if I was feeling confident, I would use a grinder. I would also determine if the screw holes were stripped.
3a. If the rivet can be removed cleanly, leaving the original hole, AND the screw holes were not stripped I would then replace the unit right were it is with the same size, or slightly larger screws, and replace the rivet with a large rivet, after sealing under it, then I would seal around it.
3b. If the screw holes were stripped and / or the rivet hole was in bad shape, and a larger rivet and / or screw would not work I would access the possibility of shifting the braket down or up half an inch. If it's similar to my trailer then the screws will be through the rib, therefor I would NOT move it right or left, just up or down. I would then drill pilot holes for the screws and a hole for the rivet, seal and replace. The rivet is most likely just secured to the skin, that's why it's not a screw, I would make sure to use a rivet on the skin, not a screw.

4. I would also look into the reason this happened. There could be a number of reasons, but the sideways pull on the awning isn't a good thing. It should only be up and down shear weight.
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Old 06-25-2012, 06:57 PM   #21
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looks like you just need to drill out the holes to full length. Probably left some of the old rivet shank in place. be sure to drill out the entire rivet, not just the head.
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