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Old 06-23-2011, 08:17 PM   #15
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Oh my! Are ya gonna buy new ones?
Are you trying to tell me I had to have step two figured out? Geez....the demands in this Airstream life are just too much. We thought with all the other issues, the end caps were the least of our problems. All we have is a rusted out frame and a shell at this point with great hopes to have a frame by the time the snow flies again.
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Are you trying to tell me I had to have step two figured out? Geez....the demands in this Airstream life are just too much. We thought with all the other issues, the end caps were the least of our problems. All we have is a rusted out frame and a shell at this point with great hopes to have a frame by the time the snow flies again.
I hadn't thought of throwing the end caps out. I took mine out and put it back in. Maybe I messed up:-)
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Old 06-23-2011, 09:43 PM   #17
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I hadn't thought of throwing the end caps out. I took mine out and put it back in. Maybe I messed up:-)
Perhaps we were a little hasty when we were tossing things out...soggy pink mouse ridden tunnels filled with interesting remains and so on. Guess we will figure that end cap part out when we get there. So far, that is a long, long ways away
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Perhaps we were a little hasty when we were tossing things out...soggy pink mouse ridden tunnels filled with interesting remains and so on. Guess we will figure that end cap part out when we get there. So far, that is a long, long ways away
Oh, I was lucky then . . . no mice in mine. I had to remove mine to jack out a dent in the outside skin.

My end caps are yellowed. I thought that was a part of the desired patina.
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:41 PM   #19
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Oh, I was lucky then . . . no mice in mine. I had to remove mine to jack out a dent in the outside skin.

My end caps are yellowed. I thought that was a part of the desired patina.
My better half is an accomplished woodworker/boatbuilder and all around handy type of guy (don't ask him to do plumbing though) and I think he is going to try to come up with some unique idea for the end caps. We are thinking we like the aluminum and wood idea much better than any plastic or vinyl... not that the 70's weren't fun but too much fake stuff. Any now I see what stuff from that time is selling for on Ebay and I wish I had a warehouse full to sell. Oh well....I threw that all out too.
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... not that the 70's weren't fun but too much fake stuff. .
I hear that. I have everything out of mine except the bathroom. I left all the inside aluminum as well as the end caps. I'm laying Allure flooring right now. I see the Airstream motive for all the metal stiles and vinyl covered plywood. There's nothing in the trailer that was stained or lacquered. No spray booth needed for interior components.

Vinyl covered plywood doesn't require the same skill-set as stain and sprayed transparent finish on peeled veneer hardwood.
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Why do the endcaps turn yellow anyway?
Are they vacuum formed ABS?

Both are mine are fiberglass.

ps, the 70's baths with the flower print are so retro.....
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The one I had out was plastic, not fiberglass. Both are yellowed like a camel's tooth.
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I did save some of the groovy flower print stuff

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Why do the endcaps turn yellow anyway?
Are they vacuum formed ABS?

Both are mine are fiberglass.

ps, the 70's baths with the flower print are so retro.....
I actually did save some of the flower print stuff that came out of the bathroom. I didn't realize there was a pull down blind until we took the end cap out of the bathroom and there it was. I have it saved away for posterity. I can see it now...."What in the world is this?" after we are long gone. Maybe they can donate all of it to a museum?
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Why do the endcaps turn yellow anyway?
Are they vacuum formed ABS?

Both are mine are fiberglass.

ps, the 70's baths with the flower print are so retro.....
67s-fiberglass endcaps. Newer-ABS.

Plenty of advantages for ABS over fiberglass. Not only do they turn yellow, but they crack too.

OK, enough sarcasm. I do wish the endcaps in my 83 Excella were 'glass like in the 67 Trade Wind.

Sometimes I fantasize about pulling the caps, making a mold from them, and making a pair of fiberglass replacements minus the cracks. Maybe next lifetime.
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Vacuum formed ABS endcaps. ABS stands for Acrylic, Butadiene(rubber) Styrene, mixed plastic compound. The Butadiene rubber degrades due to age and UV exposure and turns yellow and loses some of its rubber properties. That is why the endcaps yellow and become brittle. You can not restore the ductility, but you can bleach the yellow out. Any current cracks can be stopped from propagating further by drilling a hole at the end of the crack. Coating the whole thing ( in place) with a thin layer of fiberglass and paint is an alternative.
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We had the same problem on our "78" Ambassador. Decided to scrub with 409, hit it with some sandpaper, and use Krylon plastic paint. Looks great and holds up well.
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Sometimes I fantasize about pulling the caps, making a mold from them, and making a pair of fiberglass replacements minus the cracks. Maybe next lifetime.
Could be an interesting business, Vaughn. Of course, as I wrote that, it occurred to me that there are probably a dozen or more styles and shapes of those end-caps. :/
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We have a 1975 27' airstream. Could someone tell us how to fix cracks in the end caps they are really MAJOR.
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