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Old 08-02-2009, 09:16 PM   #1
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Question Interior rivets on ceiling of 07 Safari fell out...

Two rivets on the interior metal skin of my 07 Safari fell out; they're very small diameter and about 1/3 inch long. What's the best way to replace them? Sorry, I'm rivet-ignorant; never dealt with them before.

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Old 08-02-2009, 11:55 PM   #2
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Let me know if you get an answer. I have an 07 Safari with the same issue. Mine are over the sink area, how about yours?
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Old 08-03-2009, 01:01 AM   #3
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Hi, go to the hardware store and buy some pop rivets and a pop rivet gun. Stick a drill bit into the hole to conferm size, it's probably 1/8" in size.
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We've got two that have 'popped'. One over the sink area and one behind a cushion on the lounge. Gonna let Jackson Center deal with them when we take the AS there for numerous other repairs.
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Old 08-03-2009, 06:35 AM   #5
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Before you just put in any pop rivet check the fourm. I remember reading about problems with dis-similar metals and corrision when using just any store bought rivet. The act of replacing them is very simple as stated above.
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Old 08-04-2009, 07:59 AM   #6
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Just make sure you use aluminum rivets, Lowes, Home Depot, etc have them, and stainless steel, I don't personally think there would be a problem with stainless/aluminum contact (since I just yesterday removed about a dozen stainless screws from my exterior that had been there 30 years, with no galvanic corrosion), but if you ever have to drill them out, the aluminum are quite a bit easier to drill out.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:53 PM   #7
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I have an 07 Safari 25' FB SE. Got 4 missing rivets right now. Seems as though we have one pop on each trip. One of the reasons, I believe, that is causing this is some of the rough highways. Some of our Interstates leave a lot to be disired.
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Stainless Steel VS Aluminum Rivets

Living in the great state of California (thats the place where when you cross the border your shaken out of your vehicle by the pot holes in the roads) I have experienced many rivets popping on the inside skin of our 07 Safari. Has anyone had any experience with using stainless rivets over aluminum?

I have replaced exterior screws in a previous Airstream with stainless and had no problems with corrosion. I also think the stainless may be more resistant to the abuse of California roads.

As a side note my wife and I put 7K on the safari this summer and never encountered roads in the 10 states we were in that came close to the disastrous condition of California's.
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