Originally Posted by VIKING
Thanks Andy. I was hoping you would get back to us.
I have the same issues stated above regarding the stringers but not as bad. I was shocked at first that the stringers were not attached to anything at each end. At least there were no rivet misses in mine.
Airstream, "did not" attach the horizontal stringers to anything from day one, until recently.
Another name for them was called "stiffners." That kept the oil can buckles off the flat metal.
When gutting an older trailer for a major overhaul, it would make the shell stronger, if the stringers were indeed attached to the main bows.