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Old 04-07-2014, 01:41 PM   #1
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1969 Overlander Ceiling tear

Our Overlander has a tear in the aluminum ceiling. It is apparent that the wooden room divider between galley and bedroom has punched through.Also the wood support slid forward toward galley, it can be moved back into place.
Anyone have any idea what could cause this and how to fix it so wont do again?
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Our Overlander has a tear in the aluminum ceiling. It is apparent that the wooden room divider between galley and bedroom has punched through.Also the wood support slid forward toward galley, it can be moved back into place.
Anyone have any idea what could cause this and how to fix it so wont do again?
The cause?

Bad axles.

The fix?

Replace the axles, then suspend the trailer from the front to the back, so that the shell will bend upward.

Then cut off the tops of the divider panels, and install a patch to cover the cracks.

Those cracks are caused by the shell bending each time you hit a bump in the road. It has done that enough times to permanently alter the shape of the shell.

Also, make sure the trailer running gear (tire, wheel, hub and drum) are balanced as an assembly. That reduces the flexing of the shell as well.

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Look down the frame from the rear. if the plates the axle is bolted to appears to have ripples instead of a straight surface the frame has bent.

This year (and several others)was notorious for doing that and there is a service bulletin and reinforcing plate available that goes over the axle area. Or at least there was at one time.
I think I still have a copy of the bulletin in my files but we are not home at present

Certainly bad axles could contribute but my 69 bent trying to get up a washboarded dirt road hill when it was only four years old.
I bet if you have any double closet doors they don't line up properly either
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Look down the frame from the rear. if the plates the axle is bolted to appears to have ripples instead of a straight surface the frame has bent.

This year (and several others)was notorious for doing that and there is a service bulletin and reinforcing plate available that goes over the axle area. Or at least there was at one time.
I think I still have a copy of the bulletin in my files but we are not home at present

Certainly bad axles could contribute but my 69 bent trying to get up a washboarded dirt road hill when it was only four years old.
I bet if you have any double closet doors they don't line up properly either
Thanks Rick, We checked and saw no evidence of ripples , the axles were replaced in 1992 and a frame stiffener in 2002. When you return home and have a chance would like to review your bulletin.
We have spent so much $ on this rig, think we might just sell her, now we have electrical problem whole right side of trailer is shorted due to incorrect install of the converter to battery by previous owner.
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The cause?

Bad axles.

The fix?

Replace the axles, then suspend the trailer from the front to the back, so that the shell will bend upward.

Then cut off the tops of the divider panels, and install a patch to cover the cracks.

Those cracks are caused by the shell bending each time you hit a bump in the road. It has done that enough times to permanently alter the shape of the shell.
Also, make sure the trailer running gear (tire, wheel, hub and drum) are balanced as an assembly. That reduces the flexing of the shell as well.

Andy
Thanks Andy, think we will just sell her so much $ already spent on her, we want to spend money on travel not repairs all the time. New axles in 1992 were $300.OO including install now over $1000.00
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Thanks Andy, think we will just sell her so much $ already spent on her, we want to spend money on travel not repairs all the time. New axles in 1992 were $300.OO including install now over $1000.00
Yes, back then many things were cheap.

But, times do change, sometimes for the good, and sometimes not so good.

Airstreams 1976 parts book lists bare axles at $168.00 retail each. Today it's about triple that.

In 1966 I was told by a couple of Texans, that when Airstream trailers were going to sell for $ 10,000, that they would go out of business. WOW !!

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