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Old 07-31-2009, 10:48 AM   #1
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Question Rear bath end cap removal

Evidence of visitors living in the "attic" seeping down from behind the end cap and tiny "raisins" behind the vanity lights when the bathroom was gutted for floor replacement. I'd like to remove the cap to clean whatever is left up there and check/replace insulation. The only way I can see to get the end cap down is to completely remove the ceiling panels. The folded lips on the side ceiling panels holding the top panel in place won't allow me to curl the panels back to drill out the blind rivets holding the cap. Is there an easier way?
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:02 PM   #2
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hello i have a 69 overlander with a fiberglass overhead in my bath that cracked i took mine out with a jigsaw but if you wont to keep it
i cant help you its all one peice sorry
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:11 PM   #3
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Thats just about the only way is to get that sheet metal out of the way. sometimes you can shoe-horn the cap down if the lower panels and all bathroom pieces are removed, still will have to remove the row of rivets where the ceiling metal overlaps the fiberglass or vice versa.
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Old 08-01-2009, 04:14 PM   #4
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Have a 68 Trade Wind with a couple of dents above the rear window. I was going to take the fiberglass end cap out since the trailer is gutted for new floor to have access to the dents. After looking and drilling, mine is like yours, either take all the ceiling panels out or forget it. I am just going to live with the dents above the rear window, the time and effort to take out the end cap is just not worth it to me.
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Old 08-01-2009, 07:16 PM   #5
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I also have a '68 Trade Wind. Getting the lower pieces out and back was a nasty job. I also have a recent dent (acquired when I purchased the a/s getting it out of the resting place it had been in for 18 years) that I wanted to push out - we took a look at the interior end cap and gave up. I also will be living with a dented rear upper panel.
I think the dings and dents just give us vintage a/s a style of our own. Anyway I don't see it unless I go out and walk around the back. If my neighbors complain about my dent I'll engage them to do the repairs.
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Old 08-02-2009, 01:17 AM   #6
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I removed my interior endcaps along with everything else recently. The insulation was in really bad shape and there were lots of mouse trails in it. I did have a hard time taking them out, but the really hard part was taking down the ceiling panels. In mine the two panels that make up the ceiling are buck-riveted together and installed as one piece, which is about seven feet by twelve feet.
After removing all of the insulation the "old trailer" smell was completely gone. It hadn't been very bad, but the difference was noticeable. I'm installing new foil faced insulation everywhere.
68 twind and airstreamjudy, the dents you have can sometimes be pulled out part or all of the way. I've heard of people using suction cups, or hot-melt glue and sticks to pull dents on upper panels out. It may leave creases still but if you can get most of the dent out it looks way better.
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