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Old 02-25-2014, 05:04 PM   #1
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Lost height in rear bathroom. Help.

I have finally gotten the rear interior bathroom walls and end cap done (sort of). The end cap was particularly a struggle to get into place. I suspect the foam insulation and it's inflexibility/incompressabity was the culprit. Basically, I feel I have a combination altitude and misshaping of the inner curve problem. As a result, I did have some slight mismatches and had to drill out new holes for the upper skin/lower skin to mate on street side.
So as I am putting in the closet partition(?) on that side, the loss of height is evident by its bowing. I placed the aluminum edge strip to the wall with clecos first (which the guide holes match on the ceiling, but about halfway down and below are off). Then as I tapped the partition in, it bows increasingly as it moves toward the wall. The quickie solution would be to just trim the bottom. But I am leery of doing this as everything would most likely have to be trimmed. I didn't want to do anything irreversible without "checking in." I have read a lot of threads, but have yet to see this particular problem mentioned. Any thoughts and advice would be great. Thanks.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:10 PM   #2
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Oh and here's a picture. Hard to see the bend, but mismatch of holes is evident on aluminum strip and wall.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:19 PM   #3
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Try jacking under one side of the bumper.

Just a suggestion, you might get the holes to realign if you put a jack under one side of the bumper or the other. This may put enough "twist" into the shell to bring the panels into position.

Luck, let us know how you handled it.
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Old 02-25-2014, 05:21 PM   #4
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Oh and here's a picture. Hard to see the bend, but mismatch of holes is evident on aluminum strip and wall.
The lost height is cause by you not supporting the roof when you gutted the trailer.

Rather than starting all over, trim the wall panels etc as necessary.

When an Airstream is gutted, it's shape can and does change unless proper supported.

Remember that the inside shell is also a part of the shells overall strength.

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Good suggestion. That would have been a good thing to try while putting in the end cap. I had three jacks inside, but did not think to try one outside. But now I am worried if I do this it may snap/break once pressure is released since the partition lacks significant structural integrity.
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