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Old 07-10-2008, 12:38 PM   #1
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Popping Rivets Inside my '07 Bambi

Okaaay... here's a crazy one...

I've been sweeping up the floor in the camper while I was on this trip, and finding, oddly, these little metal circles. It took me forever to figure out where they were coming from, and then today I realized it. They are the interior part of my Bambi's rivets!!!

Now, on the inside curb side I've lost the inside half of about six rivets. All I can see is a hole. Oh, this doesn't seem good.

Is this bad? It sure looks very unattractive, but is there a structural problem here? Surely this is covered by warranty...

Thoughts?

Thanks all... Hayley
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:41 PM   #2
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Sometimes the popped rivets are caused by mis-adjusted weight distribution bars, or the wrong weight class of bars on your hitch.

You may want to take your rig to a qualified place and have the hitch setup checked out.
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Also check your wheel balance.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:08 PM   #4
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Hayley,

We have the same trailer, a 2005, and a few broken rivets inside is normal. We had a dealer replace them and many will carry a rivet gun and rivets to replace them on the road.
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Old 07-11-2008, 05:47 PM   #5
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Okaaay... here's a crazy one...

I've been sweeping up the floor in the camper while I was on this trip, and finding, oddly, these little metal circles. It took me forever to figure out where they were coming from, and then today I realized it. They are the interior part of my Bambi's rivets!!!

Now, on the inside curb side I've lost the inside half of about six rivets. All I can see is a hole. Oh, this doesn't seem good.

Is this bad? It sure looks very unattractive, but is there a structural problem here? Surely this is covered by warranty...

Thoughts?

Thanks all... Hayley
Hey Hayley,

Get yourself a rivet gun and a small assortment or aluminum rivets. IMHO, they should be standard issue with every Airstream! Mine popped a few soon after I got it. They are easy to replace and something every 'Streamer should be able to do.
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Old 07-11-2008, 07:03 PM   #6
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I'd go to Lowes and get the proper rivets and a rivet gun and learn to replace them. Find an old soup can drill a hole in the end (preferably after U have eaten the soup)and practice,its not rocket science. I would also have any dealer Check that hitch setup to see if U are What ANDY calls OVER HITCHED. The airsteam dealer is a good bet and have him check that axle.U do have stress coming from somewhere. That may have a DEXTER axle of which there were some failures. PM Andy and ask him if the DEXTER axles was used and what yr had the failures, he knows.
We have bad axles and are grounded because of the shearing of rivets in the skin and the last trip we sheared all the rivets in a 5.5ft mirror on the back of the bathroom door.
Best of luck to U in finding the problem
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Hayley...we also have a 19' Bambi...we lost 2 or 3 rivets during our first trip and none since (knock on aluminum)...the dealer replaced them and said it is not uncommon, especially in new units that hit the road loaded for the first time... If rivets continually popping or it seems to happen in the same place something else is going on and you should have it checked out...
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Old 10-04-2008, 12:55 PM   #8
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Hayley,
I have a new '08 19ft Bambi and had two interior rivet heads pop off after traveling 20 miles from the dealer to my home. Went back to the dealer and was given stainless rivets and a demonstration on how to drill-out the rivet body with a 1/8 inch drill bit. Then went home and installed the new rivets--it's pretty straight forward and I am prepared for any future interior rivet losses.
(P.S., I have 800 lb Reese straight line hitch bars and do not not tighten them up much)
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Just a matter of opinion Gary but 800 lb bars are to much for a Bambi You and your BamBI would be better served if you would go down to 500 lb bars.
I use 500 lb bars on my 27 footer and I also have a straightline Reese. I have 7 links in the chains and I run them in the last link.
The same is not good for every situation. ONLY the TAIL OF THE SCALE tells the truth.
ALWAYS weight TV and Trailer and the combination of the two to find where the weight is and if your hitch is adjusted properly. FORGET about dealers and salesmen most only know about selling things, not whats actually correct in each individual case.
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It's not unusual to lose a few rivets, especially on the first couple trips with a new unit. They were assembled under no stress and with time constraints, (generous term meaning worker inattention).
As others have mentioned your hitch configuration and trailer wheel balance may also be a contributing factor. I remember the hitch concerns you had when you first joined the Forums. Have that set-up checked, especially the amount of bend and rating of the weight bars.

If you stand on the trailer tongue when hooked up and bounce up/down, you should get several inches of deflection. (if you be itty-bitty you may need some help with this) Stiffness at the hitch can cause a harsh ride and put excess stress on the trailer skin...POPOPOP

Hope all is well.....Stream Safe

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