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Old 12-27-2006, 12:53 PM   #15
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What I have found to be very useful for these kinds of openings is a scrap of old aluminum screen - the kind you use to screen your porch with. If you ball that up and stuff it in, it will make an effective barrier for anything you want to keep out. If you are concerned about moisture, then I would use aluminum duct tape after the screen.

I think that a lot of the AS quality problems are the kind that can be addressed and fixed. Mostly a bit inconvenient, and make you shake your head in wonder. But rarely to you hear the kinds of horror stories that compare with rubber roofs, sidewall delamination and such. Mine is in its 10th year, and I'm not hesitant to spend money on major upgrades - such as solar (my next project). If I had any other brand, I suspect I would not be investing more $ on anything, unless it was to make it saleable.

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You may have a point there. Maybe screening, with an overlay of caulk (Vulkum, etc). A gap as wide as it is would be difficult to do with just caulk and no backing without several reapplications....
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Old 12-27-2006, 01:20 PM   #17
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Here are a couple more I just found.Does this look like something that is a problem in the future.I do know that the one with the broken rivets are.I am going to replace those as soon as I get a chance to.Would I be able to go to say home depot or lowes to get the rivet tool and some rivets?Not the shaver though.Also what type of rivets can I use for this area and will they have it in the store.I have never really had to look for these items so mabey someone could chime in before I go across town to look for these.
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Picture number one looks like plain ol' pop rivets. I wonder why they have worked lose, tho. HD has those and the rivet gun by the truck load.

Is pic number two the same area from the other side?

Picture number three--the gap between the frame and the wheel well--that's the type of thing that that's getting caulked on mine. Dirt, water & grit get in there and make a mess over time.
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Devo,

I noticed a bunch of belly rivets had come loose at the back of my unit last summer. I drilled them out and used pop rivets with washers and thought I had done a marginally good job.

However, the whole shebang let loose from the back all the way to the axles while I was changing a tire on the side of the road (a big truck blew by me at warp speed). You never saw such a mess of dragging panel and blowing insulation. I tied it up and made it to Jackson Center, where I was going anyway. They did a wonderful job (of course).

Anyway - long story to say that, yes - this can be a problem that you'll have to keep up with. And you can get an ordinarty pop rivet tool - I forget the sizes but you can search the forum for details on how to replace belly pan rivets. Your picture puzzles me a bit - I'm not sure where this is. But it looks like you will have to figure a way to hold down the pan to get it tight before you rivet it. Perhaps a suction device will be sufficient.

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Old 12-27-2006, 02:14 PM   #20
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The first pic is the street side rear end.The second and third pic is of the wheel well area.The white stuff is where the water collected some type of soft stuff over time.The 3rd pic is where the only hole I found to be around in the wheel well.I will be going to the hardware store today and start fixing these things before I leave next week.I will up date when I can and also if I find some more things I will post them.
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What type of sealant would be good to use in that whell well gap?It would have to be something flexible for sure.
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The wheel well gap is exactly where I would stuff a ball of screen material. Then a strip of aluminum-faced duct tape to finish.
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Steel wool

We've found that fine guage steel wool works well to plug holes; mice will not try to squeeze through.
I'll try aluminum tape next time too.
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I just put aluminum tape in the wheel well where the little opening and opened strip is.I guess it is just a matter of time to see how long it will last.If it does not then I will be looking for some kind of caulking that will flex with the trailer.
I will going the HD here shortly to get the rivet parts to fix the belly pan.I will also update on that to.Going to get some pics to show what I have done so far..
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Finished the rivets

Well I just finished the riveting.Really easy to do and only took about 10 min to do.I put in 3/16 aluminum one in instead of the 1/8 one.I just wanted it to seat better on the rivet head.Replaced another on the other side also.I am guessing this is a common issue but a real small one at that.
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Here are a couple more I just found.Does this look like something that is a problem in the future.I do know that the one with the broken rivets are.I am going to replace those as soon as I get a chance to.Would I be able to go to say home depot or lowes to get the rivet tool and some rivets?Not the shaver though.Also what type of rivets can I use for this area and will they have it in the store.I have never really had to look for these items so mabey someone could chime in before I go across town to look for these.

Start with the large pan rivits for the under-belly. You should drill out the old ones first and put these in their place. Will give you plenty of holding power!
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That is what I did.I just drilled it out and went to a larger size.3 sizes bigger as a matter of fact.
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Here are some pics of what I have done so far.I reallt dont know how long the Aluminum tape will last but it seems it should last a few months.
The other pic though is what it looks like after I had riveted it in.You can see the size difference from both of them.The little one is the third one in the back.
Pretty wild eh...A 2005 purchased in Feb of 2006 and having to do work on it bit by bit.I wish they would try to fix the little things but what can ya do except fix it yourself since I live about 7 hours plus from the nearest dealership

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