First, this is my first entry and query for advice so be gentle
. I have a 97 30' Excella 1000 and it appears to be in good shape. We have been enjoying it greatly this summer and have been cataloging the issues we have found and are fixing them with the help of the forum so we can go longer next summer. Can't thank "the forum" enough for all the sage advise. From leaks to matching truck to trailers it has been invaluable for this newbie.
My newest challenge I found during the removal of the rear lower bumper rail extrusion as I was removing the rear bumper cover and left/right bumper banana wrap to replace them. When I removed the wrap I found the right quarter outer skin attached solidly. But on the left the outer skin has a gap between the channel frame and the outer skin up to .5" (at the bend) as it wraps around the left quarter and none of the skin rivets ever connected to the frame channel.
If I attempt to press the outer skin in to rivet it to the channel frame it flexes and I am concerned if I do try to attach it to the channel frame it will be distorted when finished.
I have three questions if anyone has any experience with the this type of problem. I have some photo's (not real good) that I have attached that might make it clearer.
1. Should I be concerned? Structurally everything looks fine. No rear separation or apparent stress in that area, but what about water intrusion?
2. Any ideas of how to fix the gap without taking the panel off?
3 Any advise how to reattach the banana wrap, bumper cover and rail extrusion so it will be integrated and sealed? Just wondering if anyone has some lessons learned they could pass along so my possibility of success improves.
97 30' Excella 1000
2002 Ford F250