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Old 10-20-2004, 08:05 PM   #1
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replace skin or patch

the skin between bumper and the rear hatch has fallen apart due to rearend sag and rotten bathroom floor. I have repaired the floor and frame. Now can I replace the section below the rear hatch or do I need to replace the skin all the way up to the back window?
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Old 10-20-2004, 09:44 PM   #2
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the skin between bumper and the rear hatch has fallen apart due to rearend sag and rotten bathroom floor. I have repaired the floor and frame. Now can I replace the section below the rear hatch or do I need to replace the skin all the way up to the back window?
I'd say either way would be ok, being that the hatch occupies a large part of the skin's real estate already, however, the correct way would be to replace the entire skin section, making it look just like the original installation. I believe that your trailer is a desirable model, meaning that it's value would benefit from a proper repair.
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the skin between bumper and the rear hatch has fallen apart due to rearend sag and rotten bathroom floor. I have repaired the floor and frame. Now can I replace the section below the rear hatch or do I need to replace the skin all the way up to the back window?
Ours was rotten to, for the same reasons, we just drilled out the rivets along the bottom of the hatch and up the sides about 5" ,used die grinder to cut it off, used it for a pattern but making the sides about 1 1/2" taller for overlap and applied sikaflex,riveted back in place. Can hardley tell unless you know it is there. Check our photo gallery and there is a pic of the piece we cut off setting on top of the hatch when we had the rear end opppend up. Hope this will give you another idea to ponder over.
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Old 10-20-2004, 11:29 PM   #4
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I'd say either way would be ok, being that the hatch occupies a large part of the skin's real estate already, however, the correct way would be to replace the entire skin section, making it look just like the original installation. I believe that your trailer is a desirable model, meaning that it's value would benefit from a proper repair.
working on the skin bothers me more than anything Icould do on the whole trailer. that is why I was wanting to cut apiece that would go half way up the rear hatch to the bumper and not go up to the window. I can get a piece of 2024 that is 2ft by 4ft from Mcmastercarr for around 77 dollars compared to over 100 dollars for a 4 by 8 sheet that I will not use that much of.
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Old 10-21-2004, 12:15 AM   #5
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Ours was rotten to, for the same reasons, we just drilled out the rivets along the bottom of the hatch and up the sides about 5" ,used die grinder to cut it off, used it for a pattern but making the sides about 1 1/2" taller for overlap and applied sikaflex,riveted back in place. Can hardley tell unless you know it is there. Check our photo gallery and there is a pic of the piece we cut off setting on top of the hatch when we had the rear end opppend up. Hope this will give you another idea to ponder over.
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that is what i thought about doing.
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Old 10-21-2004, 08:11 AM   #6
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I can get a piece of 2024 that is 2ft by 4ft from Mcmastercarr for around 77 dollars compared to over 100 dollars for a 4 by 8 sheet that I will not use that much of.
OUCH! Try: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo...eet_2024t3.php or http://www.wicksaircraft.com/catalog...892/index.html
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Old 10-21-2004, 07:02 PM   #8
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thanks to everyone for the information on how to repair my trailer and get the material I need! thanks billy
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Is it possible to replace original interior skin w/wood paneling? if so what would you use to attach the paneling thanks
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