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Old 08-30-2005, 05:27 PM   #1
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Beltline/Rub Rail

Hello All,
I am in need of 20 inches of beltline/or rubrail as i am told it is called.
Airstream says, N.L.A and Inland says sorry, not avail.
It measures about 1-1/2" wide and takes a 1/2" plastic insert.
It is on a '76 argosy Mh.
I have the insert, just no rail.
I contacted 2 salvage places but they were not interested in selling such a small item, one wanted to sell me a complete door, said I could take the moulding off it---Too many $$$$.
Is anyone making it? or does someone have a little piece left that they would sell?
Thanks in advance,
ol'George
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Old 08-30-2005, 05:50 PM   #2
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Try Sutton RV in Eugene, OR. I got some "no longer available" beltline there last year. They have a website which provides contact info - talk to the head parts person. Good Luck.
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Old 08-30-2005, 06:05 PM   #3
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Hello All,
I am in need of 20 inches of beltline/or rubrail as i am told it is called.
Airstream says, N.L.A and Inland says sorry, not avail.
It measures about 1-1/2" wide and takes a 1/2" plastic insert.
It is on a '76 argosy Mh.
I have the insert, just no rail.
I contacted 2 salvage places but they were not interested in selling such a small item, one wanted to sell me a complete door, said I could take the moulding off it---Too many $$$$.
Is anyone making it? or does someone have a little piece left that they would sell?
Thanks in advance,
ol'George
You may be able to get it from Camper Repair in Alabama. I got the insert from them before. The phone number you need is 205-665-2531. Ask for Sonny.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:28 AM   #4
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Beltline moulding arrived!!

Thanks JANET,
and Pattersontoo.
I called Sutton Rv in Eugene Or, and within less than 5 minutes, they called me back saying that that moulding WAS available and was being shipped to my door, direct from Airstream!!!
and if it wasn't the correct one, I could sent it back to Airstream, no charge!!!
Now it don't get any better than that!!
They did this full knowing that I was in Michigan, too far away to be a regular customer.

It arrived today, and it is the CORRECT piece ( 2 8' pieces)
these are SUPER PEOPLE to deal with.

I guess you just have to have a caring/helpful dealer.
I can't say enough about SUTTON RV in Eugene Oregon!!
http://www.gmsrv.com/
again,
thanks JANET, for the recomendation
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Vintage Thunder?

How 'bout the Vintage Thunder Argosy restoration? Do a search on that thread. I know they didn't re-use their trim, going for an uninterrupted look closer to today's new models.
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:07 PM   #6
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Need advice

Need a little guidance here...My PO got a little too cozy with a tree I'm assuming and as you can see in the photos my side panels are pushed in a tad....not a lot but enough to bug me. My question is this..It looks like just the belt line is bent because there are no obvious creases in the aluminum...Do you guys think if I removed the belt line and replaced it the side would come back...not sure of the inner skeleton of this and if there is a rib or some support in there that is also pushed in....also what can I expect the spacing on the rivets to be holding the belt line on??? Thanks for any input and advice..Ann
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Ann -- I've been down to my native Texas y'all but bookmarked your question to answer later. Is your clearcoat in pretty good condition in this area?

It looks to me like the dent is forward of a rib. So you very well might have a valid question. Once dented I would guess the heavier beltline extrusion might hold this in position. There doesn't appear to be any folds on your skin that might be permanent. You'd probably destroy the orange insert in the process of getting the beltline off. No bets on whether this'll pop right out. Got a toilet plunger? A little gentle mallet action to straighten the beltline and you're back in business. In the big picture of Airstream issues this is a minor repair in spite of all the time it'll take. Myself? This isn't a huge esthetic issue. I'd probably put if off until the winter season.

So we're entering a stormy weekend for many of us in the midwest -- hope your question gets some other input.
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George, thanks for your post. Last week I encountered a driveway ramp that torqued my chassis so bad my rear clamshell door popped open. My stairs dropped and dragged the narrow molding. As a result I can now replace it thanks to your post. I had to straighten the rear bumper anyway and accomplished that Saturday.
Thanks again. You never know when the collected wisdom of all these posts will come in handy.
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Hi Bob....Just saw your reply...Thank you! Yes, the clearcoat is perfect and there are no folds in the skin. The insert in the beltline is chrome metal not rubber. I think this is attributing to the bend in the skin. Do you or anybody out there know the spacing in between the rivets in the beltline?? I've tried the plunger deal..no go....that's why I was wondering if a rib could be holding it back. I guess the only way to really tell is to pull it off....Thanks again!
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Hello All,
I am in need of 20 inches of beltline/or rubrail as i am told it is called.
Airstream says, N.L.A and Inland says sorry, not avail.
It measures about 1-1/2" wide and takes a 1/2" plastic insert.
It is on a '76 argosy Mh.
I have the insert, just no rail.
I contacted 2 salvage places but they were not interested in selling such a small item, one wanted to sell me a complete door, said I could take the moulding off it---Too many $$$$.
Is anyone making it? or does someone have a little piece left that they would sell?
Thanks in advance,
ol'George
I don't know if you still need this product, but Airstream has it for sale in 100 ft. rolls at their service center in Jackson Center. I just purchased a roll for myself at 100 ft./$161.00 plus tax.
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Later model rub rail silver insert

Where can you purchase the silver rubrail insert? I replaced mine once from an online company and cannot find the receipt (2013). It needs replaced again!
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I've bookmarked this thread for when I get to this project:

Trim Peeling

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f474/trim-peeling-122036.html
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