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Old 11-15-2009, 10:04 AM   #1
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used panel

Has anyone replaced a panel with a salvage panel? Seems like there would be issues with hole alignment as well as a lot of labor removing a panel from a salvage unit. Thanks to all replies.
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Old 11-15-2009, 10:11 AM   #2
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If you are looking for a replacement curved panel for a 70's unit, they can still be purchased. If it is a flat side piece, they can be made from a sheet of aluminum.
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Having replaced panels on both of our trailers...I would say using a salvaged panel would not be worth the dollar savings unless it was an obsolete formed corner panel. As Richard said - the 70's curves are still available.

It definitely doesn't make any sense on a flat side panel. We and a friend (47 WeeWind) replaced the same panel on two different 1964 GlobeTrotters - his and ours. The overall size of the two panels were very different - 1/2" - 1" each direction. Also, the rivet holes, the rib placement, the water filler hole, heater vent, baggage compartment and wheel well locations were all different one from the other. With the cost of new flat aluminum at about $15.75 a lineal foot 4' high, the savings you would realize in dollars would not warrant the compromises that would have to be made IMO.

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replacement panels used from other years

I was recently told this on replacement panels. Apparently a person can use a newer panel by putting your old panel on the newer design but move the old panel around to get a fairly close fit. The newer panel curves I understand are different that the old but can still work. I don't know if this is for all of the older years. Mine is a 68 and I thought it might be worth a shot. Those of you that know the Vintage better than me, what do you think?
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Those of you that know the Vintage better than me, what do you think?
I've heard the same for end cap panels...although we haven't had the need to replace any of those.

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