Skin replacement problem
I am awaiting my turn to take our Trade Wind in to have the lower skin panel on the streetside replaced....14' x 4' in size. The estimate was turned in, our insurance said OK and has given me a check. I had researched the material and found a source that could supply that size in the 2040T Alclad for that vintage. However, the Airstream service center that is doing this for us received only a 12' length. That seems to be the max length available. The service guy even called Inland RV and that is the maximum they can find also. So two solutions have been suggested. Replace the 14' with the aluminum for the new Airstreams (5052?) and strip it to match the polish of our coach....OR replace with 2 sections of the Alclad. Would 2 sections of Alclad look strange? The service center guy and me think so. Would the stripped newer grade aluminum match the adjacent 2040 Alclad? Has any of you seen a similar match of old and new. Should I replace the panel in 2 sections of Alclad?
Neil and Lynn Holman
Kirk Creek, Big Sur, Ca. coast.
1966 Trade Wind
1971 Buick Centurion convertible
1969 Oldsmobile Ninety Eight