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Old 07-16-2009, 12:57 PM   #211
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new fun on the homefront - Welcome to a small town in alabama where a young boy goes to open the door to his home (airstream) and the hinge pulls from the body of the airstream.

Without the weight and leverage of the door it becomes apparent that the hinge is not working properly - its impossible to swing without the use of tools. The hinge pin (axle) appears to be bent.

The young boy dilligently repairs the hinge dutifully placing the door back in its door hole during heavy downpours to keep the wet out.

But now he has a question. He is concerned that his Olympic Rivets will not be strong enough to keep the door hinge in place.

so . . . do I need to use the original rivets to put a door hinge back on? or will 8 or so Olympic rivets be enough? I'm really tired of heafting my door on and off (its been about a week) and would like to go ahead and reattach it, but I'm not interested in doing this more than once.

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P.S. - I have a 1500 Watt True Sine Wave Inverter and will be replacing the fuses (couldn't find replacements for the life of me) with a 40apm Breaker Box.

I also found some sweet grey moulding to cover my solar wires up top (the stuff you put down in an office over extention chords so that people don't trip and sue you)
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:19 AM   #212
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So no advice on reattaching the door with Olympic Rivets?

So No one has a word of advice for me on reattaching the door hinge with olympic rivets?
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Old 07-26-2009, 11:29 AM   #213
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Cursh,

I would say it is possible. Many folks are out camping right now and not available to answer. The worst that could happen would be to do it, and change it later if it doesn't work.

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Old 07-26-2009, 11:29 AM   #214
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Hey, that same thing happened to my door! Except the hinge pin wasn't bent.

I replaced my hinges with pop rivets and it's been fine. Olympics aren't any less stable than pops, are they?
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Old 07-26-2009, 09:03 PM   #215
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make sure you catch the steel backing plate. Mine had one, at least. it stiffens the hinge attach point.
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Old 08-31-2009, 09:14 AM   #216
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the olympic rivets don't appear to be long enough, and I'm guessing that they don't get any longer.

They weren't nearly strong enough to hold up the weight of the door (probably because very few of them actually reached through the thick hinge and the aluminum wall.

Does anyone work with solid rivets? i've been reading up on it and it seems like a lot of investment and skill is involved. I'm wondering if anyone does aircraft repairs in my area, as it looks like I might have to just pull that interior wall again and have someone do it the right way (i'm terrified of moving the trailer without a door hinge as well.)

Any tips or pointers would be much appreciated.

I'm going to the local hardware store to pick up some 5/32 long rivets and hope that works (probably just put a dab of vulkem in the exposed holes.)
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Old 09-03-2009, 08:24 PM   #217
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Just a thought...

If you can roll back the wall paneling a bit in that area you could probably consider using bolts instead of rivets. I would think you could find some stainless steel ones. You could use self locking nuts on the inside so that they would not vibrate loose.

If you can verify that there is a steel backing plate maybe you could drill out the holes in the hinges just a bit and use some self taping screws threaded into the steel backer plate.

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Old 09-11-2009, 05:35 PM   #218
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Man I was hoping to get to the end of this and see the trailer was done! I wanted to do the ooh ahh and drool thing. NSL. Where the done photos?

My door is funny on my airstream the pin is coming out of it. My husband hammered it back in last time but it is mostly out again. I m afraid to haul it lest it fall out and the door fall off. He let for Iraq yesterday so the responsibility is left to me to deal with. The whole thing is headed for timeless travel trailers if I can scrap together enough money......
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:04 AM   #219
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I have been really bad about taking pictures (someone snagged my camera when I was at bonneroo, and I haven't had the $ to replace it)

At this point I'm doing all of this on the leftovers from two part time service industry jobs (most week I can scrape together 40 hour) so the going is slow. (living in it doesn't help either. I can't just leave a project half done without cleaning up, I have to sleep there at night)

As far as your Door Pin problem - My door pin has a hole drilled right through the center of it and a small pin through it to keep the hinge pin from traveling too far.

I'll try to take pictures today and tomorrow. and get one that better describes this pin and hole I'm talking about. (the closest thing I can think of is a hitch pin clip on a trailer hitch)
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Old 09-12-2009, 11:11 AM   #220
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Oh - And my door is back on (i ended up using bolts and nylock, I can't imagine it ever falling off again) - I made a ton of keys for the new lock and I'm able to lock her up again.

Also put half of the third wall in the other day. I can't say I'm happy with the tolerances I've settled with so I might pull both of the bed side walls out and try again (I think that by constantly documenting the gap between the wall and the wood I might be able to get really close next time. I just want to make sure I can still use my rough draft walls for something else.

I also fell asleep with the light on the other night and it killed my battery (not completely, but my charge controller is refusing power to my inverter (which is a good thing) so I might have to plug back in to the grid (i've been off for 3 months now) and I for sure think A third and possibly fourth deep cycle would be a good idea (and a less shaded parking place)

Anyway. I have a renewed motivation to work on her with football season in full swing. Almost any weekend of the season I can get away with obnoxiously parking my Airstream in downtown auburn under the guise of being a tailgater. With the solar set up that could be a lot of fun.
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:58 PM   #221
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I was getting ready to go to a movie this evening. What a great read. First I said to my self - "how stupid", then was angrey with all the "child bashing" comments about "how stupid" then comes my loud laughter many more times than once. We want more pictures. I love how the older experienced AS owners have the caring & loving interest in assisting a young, somewhat knowledgable AS owner and some are slapping him silly for the things he does or just making sure he understands the issues. Cursh you have a wonderful personality and sense of humor. The best for you with your Vintage AS. You will need to keep up the cheerful spirits. You have many challenges before your AS completed. I have renovated 2 good size boats (lived aboard), a Class A motorhome and now towards the end of my '68, 24' Tradewind. I have questioned my sanity more than once - "like what am I doing?" You are strong and able to roll with the trials, tribulations and the FEED BACK (in the beginning of this thread) from some of the members. It was good to tell them "I love you guy's". I agree with you about these guy's - there all pretty teriffic with sharing their knowledge. I also watched you grow up a little since the beginning of your thread and that makes me feel good. Your attitude is wonderful.
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Old 09-13-2009, 12:09 AM   #222
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I was getting ready to go to a movie this evening. What a great read...
Cursh is every movie wrapped up into one life's experiences. Some of us can stick with it and others have to walk out in the middle.

I, for one, hope to see him grow (in knowledge)... since we may cross paths some day and I would prefer his trailer to be still attached to his vehicle.
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Old 10-03-2009, 02:16 PM   #223
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She had fun fun fun till her daddy realized that all those wires coming out behind where the oridingal fridge was aren't carrying any current at all.

Anyway - There is a wire bank. From the looks of it - 3-5 sets of 12V wires that all tap into this sigle wall style switch.

In the same board the switch is installed there is a working 110V outlet

There is also a loose 12V wire that doesn't output power regardless of switch position

They don't seem to serve a purpose at all. Flipping the switch doesn't cut power to anything in the trailer.

So my question is, What did they used to go to?

I need to decide whether I should fix it or just hew them all off and ignore the fact that they were ever there again. I'm installing my Nova Kool ice box there and its just a quick four feet to tap it directly into the batteries, so I don't mind leaving them be.

I guess at this point I am just curious.

P.S. I'm moving to San Fran without my rig to try to get a design job.

IF that happens I will move the trailer out and live in it (partially completed of course)


I promise to post pictures before I go (Its just an absolute mess at the moment.)

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Old 02-05-2010, 03:56 AM   #224
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i moved to san francisco - my airstream is still in bama - I miss it - but when I get a big person job it will be my home once more
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