hi jerry and others...
changing their minds about honoring repairs or offers to repair isn't new.
i had a WRITTEN repair approval (while still under warranty) and traveled to j/c.
about 100 miles before my arrival the scum bag in charge of warranty claims decided NOT to make the repair...
he also claimed 2 have never authorized the repair,
but had to retract that lie after realzing the dealer AND i had email proof otherwise.
and this all happened AFTER driving/towing nearly 1000 miles for the work.
i don't understand the 'structural' statement.
the inner skin is really not structural on newer streams.
it's held in place with pop rivets and sloppy pop rivets at that.
there is no skin behind the front/rear overhead lockers for example.
many of us have had interior skin rivets come loose or fall out.
i suspect this happens when the rivets are poorly attached in new units and from travel vibration in older/new units.
most of the black staining on the wall mouse fur is over LOOSE rivets and is simply residue from metal dust/movement.
the problem of course in the classics is this is happening UNDER the padded vinyl and can NOT be easily seen.
once the rivets fall completely out they are like tiny pebbles under the vinyl.
early (within the first 6 months) this happened in my stream in the galley area with about 6-8 rivets.
while in j/c for OTHER repairs under warranty i pointed out this problem and they removed the vinyl and put in new rivets.
of course the replacement vinyl was POORLY installed and had to be REdone a year later still under warranty.
so the fix is peel, RErivet, spray glue and reapply the foam/vinyl.
about 30$ in materials and 500$ labor.
and the risk that it still might not LOOK well done.
while i share your concerns about the structural integrity and assembly/frame strength of newer streams...
the inner skin add little to this and the proof is in how poorly it's installed.
all of the true things that i am about to tell you are shameless lies. l.b.j.
we are here on earth to fart around. don't let anybody tell you any different. k.v.