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Old 08-27-2019, 08:35 PM   #1
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Scary picture

I’m posting one of my scariest Airstream photos to date.....
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Ouch!! That hurts.

The making of a new Blog post?????

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Ouch!! That hurts.

The making of a new Blog post?????

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Sneak peak....
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Old 08-27-2019, 10:19 PM   #5
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There really is nothing like drilling or cutting a hole in the side of your trailer.

What's worse, is when you finish reskinning the upper side sheet, and have to cut window holes in...

That's quite nerve racking!
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The camera was not level...right? 🤔

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Yes. Well I say yes. Those are factory drilled holes. I was filling a hole through the inner skin to allow clearance for my SmartPlug install.
Smart plug mounted straight anyway.
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I hope you put a coating of clear coat or clear nail polish on the raw cut hole edges. Disturbing the skin coating, if moisture gets in there somehow, for whatever reason, you **could** see fillform corrosion lines start to appear behind the gasket and eventually to the visible body. Simply can't be too careful.



That was an unnerving picture though!
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OK, how did you pilot that hole saw? I just had visions of it skating across the pristine aluminum skin when you started the hole. Maybe a wooden plug made by first boring a hole in a thick piece of wood?
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OK, how did you pilot that hole saw? I just had visions of it skating across the pristine aluminum skin when you started the hole. Maybe a wooden plug made by first boring a hole in a thick piece of wood?
The outside hole in the skin is factory... it was where the Furrion 30A inlet was mounted.
I simple used the same size hole saw as the factory hole and drilled through the inner skin to allow plenty of clearance for my new SmartPlug install. https://www.technorv.com/smartplug-3...t/?Click=11781
The 2 1/2” hole saw has a center pilot bit.
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I would coat all the exposed edges with clear coat to protect from corrosion. You can do what they call wet install on screws. Coat them with clear coat then install them.



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Use a nail punch to create a dent in the aluminum skin, then set the center drill portion of the hole saw in that dent before you start the drill. Keep some pressure on it, and it can't skate around as it drills the hole. That's what we did when drilling pilot holes for additions and changes to our trailer as we reno'd.
We didn't have any clear coat left to worry about...

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OK, how did you pilot that hole saw? I just had visions of it skating across the pristine aluminum skin when you started the hole. Maybe a wooden plug made by first boring a hole in a thick piece of wood?
There's an old trick for this: nest the hole saw that matches the existing hole inside the holesaw for the larger hole. That provides enough piloting support when you need to widen an existing hole.
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I EMPATHIZE!!! Did that 8 years ago.. when upgrading to 50AMP... posts are here somewhere. I used closed cell foam to stiffen the outer/inner skins the day before I cut the hole.

I used HUBBELL parts and made my own shore cable. Still shiny!!!

Great job!
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