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Old 12-18-2014, 02:33 PM   #15
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No big deal, I've had it happen to both of my Airstreams. And in both it was just to the rear of the door header. So I think it's just normal flexing that causes it. I just pop a new rivet in, after testing it with a magnet to make sure it's not steel.

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Old 12-18-2014, 02:48 PM   #16
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An occasional popped rivet is just part of being an Airstreamer. Get a pop rivet gun at any hardware store and a supply of various sized aluminum rivets and get used to it. There are lots of YouTube videos on how to drill out an old failed rivet and install a new one. Look at a couple of those to get the hang of it. If you can, practice on a couple of pieces of junk metal stock.

If you have the same rivet failing over and over again, or if you see a half dozen rivets in one area fail in one towing episode, then you might have an issue to investigate further. Otherwise, don't sweat it.

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Old 12-18-2014, 04:12 PM   #17
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We for the first year or two had rivets pop along a line above the kitchen. My guess was that they weren't installed properly. Once I put new ones in, they stayed in. Maybe I can apply for a job installing rivets in JC.

I've had a few others pop over 50,000 miles and I keep the rivet gun, bit and rivets in the trailer. Sometimes I have to use an oversize one because the holes that were factory drilled have worn too large.

I recall that when you drill out the remains, inch sized drill bits are too big or too small. These require different sized bits with numbers in the 20's. It would be helpful if I could remember the size, but I bought the bit in 2008. Maybe someone remembers the bit size.


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