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Old 04-29-2009, 09:17 PM   #1
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hints for installing rub rail insert

Hi all,

I just got new rub rail insert plastic for my '83 Sovereign from Inland RV. Now the question is, what is the proper way to install it. It looks like some of the metal trim on the end of the runs are used to hold it in place. Is that correct? Also, I think installing on a cool day would be better so that the blue plastic does not shrink and shift in cold weather.

Any thoughts will be greatly appreciated.

Rick in the beautiful Black Hills of South Dakota

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Old 04-29-2009, 09:37 PM   #2
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Warmer is better, the insert will flex easier. If you have a window screen spline tool, you can insert the lower rib into the rub rail, and follow along about an inch behind on the top side with the spline tool.

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Rick, this reply probably comes too late but, Some people have advised to put the insert in but leave the ends long and not riveted with the end pieces. Leave it like this for a week or more to allow it to shrink, because it will. I've had it shrink on me, but that was when I didn't put the little end caps on and put a rivet through the plastic insert. George.
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Thanks for the hints. I've only had enough free time to install one short piece in front between the battery boxes so the information is very timely.

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I did mine about 5 yrs ago and, I used the metal caps and a rivet to hold the rib rail plastic ends in place. Once you start, you could use the edge of your finger nail to push the edge in. Just get it started on one side and then...walk slowly as you feed it in. Then, at the end, cut it and, do the same as you did at the start.(metal tab and rivet)
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