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Old 10-02-2012, 06:10 PM   #799
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If you were using the Straight Line Hitch with self tapping hardware you can just reinstall the screws to fill the holes.

If not get a q-tip and paint the edges of the holes.
No, these are very large bolts that came with the Reese dual cam hardware. I left them in for now, but will probably do something like you suggest so that I can sell my Reese system later. It's about $500 worth of equipment.
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If you plan to do any touch up painting you can weld the holes closed and grind them smooth and go with your paint job. Should be close to if not invisible. That's what I
plan to do with the sway bar attachment when I remove it.

Now, with this thought in my mind does anyone know the paint code so I can mix up
some dark grey frame paint for my '01 Excella ?????? Come on now, someone must
have gone through this exercise at some point ?????

AMENDMENT: I checked on an old posting and found a Dupont paint code. For any interested party it is: Dupont Centari # 44146A - Metallic Grey. Can anyone confirm the match accuracy of this mix ??

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Now, with this thought in my mind does anyone know the paint code so I can mix up
some dark grey frame paint for my '01 Excella ?????? Come on now, someone must
have gone through this exercise at some point ?????
You can buy the paint thru Airstream parts for something like $15 per spray can.

The last time I painted one, I mixed some black into some Rustoleum Dark Gray till it matched. Couldn't tell the difference in color.
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Welding on frame note: Don't forget there are wires running through the A-frame for your tow vehicle hookup. The insulation could be damaged by the heat of welding, especially if closing old holes in the frame.

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Great point to keep in mind but I don't think there are any wire forward of the point that they enter the frame. If in question you should be able to look in from the front end and check.
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I found the wire bundle laying loose inside the street-side frame of mine when I drilled for the Andersen set screw. Didn't nick it but I put a glob of sealant on it to protect it from rubbing on the pointed set screw.

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Good thought, thanks. The holes I need to close are on the curb side. I will check for wires before doing that.
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If you plan to do any touch up painting you can weld the holes closed and grind them smooth and go with your paint job. Should be close to if not invisible. That's what I
plan to do with the sway bar attachment when I remove it.
Well, my tongue frame is black, so probably just squirt some black rustoleum on it.
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Well I finally got a delivery date....TODAY. The tracking info says it is out for delivery. I guess I will have to do the install for real now.

I am pretty sure I will have to remove a link from each side for best positioning. I don't have bolt cutters. Someone told me to use an angle grinder (which I need to get for another project anyway). Does that sound right or is there a better/easier way?
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Before you cut try just dropping one link and see if the D ring will still go into place. If so do your instal. You can always cut that link out late but they are hard to add back in.
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Before you cut try just dropping one link and see if the D ring will still go into place. If so do your instal. You can always cut that link out late but they are hard to add back in.
I already tried that, but it doesn't work. The D-ring is too small to put in a link with 2 links still attached. At least on the one I looked at. I will try once more when my set arrives.
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You can cut them with an ordinary hack saw in a vise. They are not hardened steel.
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You can cut them with an ordinary hack saw in a vise. They are not hardened steel.
OK, thanks.
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It arrived with a surprise!

My Andersen wd hitch arrived with a modification! The adjusting brackets are angled downward, which should fix the chain rub problem. Nothing in the instructions mentions this change. Nor do I see anything on the Andersen website about it. Anyway, it is a nice surprise.
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