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Old 05-04-2016, 07:36 PM   #1
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Installing Beltline Molding

I have a 2005 25"Safari with some filliform corrosion around the beltline, I thought if I could install beltline trip to cover the corrosion and maybe control it somewhat and cover it up. I found beltline extrusions at Airstream Supply, the molding comes in 16' lengths. My question is, has anyone had experience installing the beltline trim. Is it screwed or rivited on? Any special tricks in getting it installed so it looks good? Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Old 10-04-2016, 03:01 PM   #2
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Have the same question

We have a 19ft with the same issue. Have you found a way to,cover it up?
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Old 10-04-2016, 03:46 PM   #3
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I'm surprised there has been no response to this question.

There is a youtube video by Long Long Honeymoon titled "Repairing Chrome Trim on our Airstream Travel Trailer RV".
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Old 10-04-2016, 05:08 PM   #4
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On my 76 AS belt lines are riveted on, bottom one covers where banana wrap and side panels join together. As far as filliform no idea how to cover or cure. Older AS don't have this prob. Bill
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Old 10-04-2016, 10:18 PM   #5
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Beltline on my '76 is riveted on with pop (blind) rivets, again, where the shell meets the belly wrap. In fact, I'm installing it now after a shell-off re-do. I also bought some new beltline extrusion from Airstream Supply. Also the plastic insert that fits into the channel and covers the rivets. I suppose one could apply this beltline on a newer Airstream for the purposes stated by the OP. Good luck with that!
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Old 10-04-2016, 11:13 PM   #6
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Oh boy. Sorry I took so long to see your post. I have a 2006 Safari 25 and it had severe filiform at the belt line. I ordered the molding and put it on. I contacted Airstream when I got it to ask about what to use- rivets or screws and was told screws, that either would work. I used stainless screws. It was not difficult to put on. Once started I just kept working down the side and bent it as I moved around the trailer, pushing it against the side. My model, a Safari had a bit of a different rear area that I had to come up with a different design for. I added an end cap to each side instead of just wrapping around the back due to obstacles. I used a copper grinding wheel to remove the surface corrosion and then sealed the surface with three coats of sealant before attaching the moulding and then adding the silver insert trim. I also sealed the top of the moulding with that silver stuff Airstream uses for seams. There are no tricks that I know of but you can use the upper/lower seam and rivet line as a guide and drill between rivets every so often- that's what I did. It made the trailer look like new.
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Old 10-05-2016, 10:06 AM   #7
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Beltlijne install

Thanks for the response, did you put the screws into the ribs or just into the aluminum skin? If you put it in the rib, I would think you would have to remove the rivet. They must have used a poor grade of aluminum on these trailers. I have removed the corrosion and covered it with a silver paint, but I thin the trim would cover that. Thanks again!
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I'm going to drop this here for possible future user reference.

Our '77 Argosy has both belt line and bottom moldings. The aluminum extrusion is riveted to the side, of course. The vinyl insert has to be secured at each end because the stuff shrinks and grows with the ambient temperature. Quite frustrating until I realized my issue. My problem was a 24' trailer, that is eight feet wide, is longer around than the 50' rolls that I found at Out of Doors Mart. That's fine for the bottom, where the wheel lip moldings take up four or so feet per side, but the only real break in the belt line is the door. That means a split in there somewhere, with added vinyl molding being needed. I had a little left over that was usable, from what we had removed, and went in with that on the rear of the trailer. Based upon the temperature the joints are anywhere from tight to several inches apart, on each side. I'll fab some clips eventually and secure the molding. It'll look fine but a 60' roll should would have helped :-) Also, it's probably best to install the stuff when it's cold outside.
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I have a 2005 25"Safari with some filliform corrosion around the beltline, I thought if I could install beltline trip to cover the corrosion and maybe control it somewhat and cover it up. I found beltline extrusions at Airstream Supply, the molding comes in 16' lengths. My question is, has anyone had experience installing the beltline trim. Is it screwed or rivited on? Any special tricks in getting it installed so it looks good? Any help or information would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
Haven't done the work yet but will soon thus very interested in this post.

Also have a 2005 25ft SS CCD Unfortunately, same common issue and we have it bad with most filiform around the beltline. We can cover
90% of the ugly by also adding fresh beltline all around.

Saw how factory secured lower rub rail with a single smaller black coated rivet approx 12 inches alternating just above or below the existing rivets whenwe recently replaced the oxidizing lower rub rail flexible chrome insert. Assume the both rails would use same rivet and method although upper rail is narrower than the lower.

If you attack the project, would be nice to see before and after pics !
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You do not have to remove any rivets. The beltline moulding goes over top of the rivet line. The screws are through the skin and sealed. Then I sealed the top of the moulding as well. This was one of my first projects in 2012 after I bought the trailer. I've had no issues. I cannot find a close up picture of the trim but I am posting one with the customized back and, if I can find it, one of the side from afar. I thought that following the design on my trailer, the trim would be right on top of the lower edge of the back window and I did not like that.
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Beltline molding

Thanks again, it looks great, I guess I better bite the bullet and do it!!! Will send photos when i finish, put the trailer yesterday, maybe the last time for this year.
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I found another method on airforums and going to give it a try. Take a look:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f142...31743-165.html

Last post by sb55 (painting a stripe)
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er, uh, be careful. Painting aluminum silver is not easy and it, IMO, will not look the same. I have some spots on mine that I did. I bought four different silver paints before settling on one but even still, it is visibly different. IT DOES look BETTER than any larger filiform bubbles but I would leave little ones alone, personally.
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Thanks, I agree about the silver paint......scared to try it. The post was about adding a painted stripe over the corroded rivets. It looks great in the pics
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