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Old 02-20-2012, 09:08 AM   #1
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Rub Rail repair

hi,
the 1 inch wide rubrail fell off all around the rear of the coach. the glue beneath it seemed to just fail. It was trailing about 15 feet behind the trailer and the only thing holding it was the screw that held on my rear awning support. Are these things just glued on or am i missing something?
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Old 02-20-2012, 09:17 AM   #2
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It should be pop riveted on there. The rear end of Airstream trailers are problem areas. Most likely someone did some repairs and just tried to glue the belly band back on. I would inspect the rear of your trailer for floor rot as well. Leaks are common where the bumper plate goes under the rear of the trailer. The band covers this area and makes leaks hard to find and seal.

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Old 02-20-2012, 09:28 AM   #3
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Reattaching loose vinyl trim insert into rub rail
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:51 PM   #4
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I want to replace some of mine

I am assuming the dealership pressure washed and used acid based prewash thus the delamination on rub strip. Who has best prices on this 3m 1inch product
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:48 AM   #5
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If you are talking about the vinyl insert I have ordered it from Outdoor Mart. Inland RV and others list it on their website. And Airstream dealers have it. I replaced mine and it looks good.
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Old 02-21-2012, 11:49 AM   #6
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If you are talking about the vinyl insert I have ordered it from Outdoor Mart. Inland RV and others list it on their website. And Airstream dealers have it. I replaced mine and it looks good. there is no glue under it. held by the edges of the groove and rivets at each end.
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I ordered a 100' roll of the chrome plastic insert and as I was cleaning our the channels, I used a 1" strip of aluminum to reach behind the battery box to push a rag saturated with 3M adhesive remover to clean it our before installing the new rub rail.

I then noticed that the aluminum fit perfectly in the channel and may be an alternative to the plastic.

I temporarily installed a strip next to the new rub rail for comparison. Please refer to the picture.

The aluminum would be easy to install since 3M makes 1" double sided tape. The only challenge would be making a clean cut where the strips would have to butt up against another piece.

Had I thought of this before purchasing the roll, I would have used the aluminum. The advantages are that the aluminum will not fade and crack in the sun like the plastic. The disadvantage is the rub rail does protrude away from the body and maybe provides a little protection.

I would probably spray the aluminum with clear coat to help keep it from oxidizing.

I would be interested to hearing opinions as I contemplate which direction to head. The aluminum is available at ACE hardware and materials would end up considerable less expensive than the rolls of rub rail.
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Old 05-15-2017, 11:13 AM   #8
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i like it

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I ordered a 100' roll of the chrome plastic insert and as I was cleaning our the channels, I used a 1" strip of aluminum to reach behind the battery box to push a rag saturated with 3M adhesive remover to clean it our before installing the new rub rail.

I then noticed that the aluminum fit perfectly in the channel and may be an alternative to the plastic.

I temporarily installed a strip next to the new rub rail for comparison. Please refer to the picture.

The aluminum would be easy to install since 3M makes 1" double sided tape. The only challenge would be making a clean cut where the strips would have to butt up against another piece.

Had I thought of this before purchasing the roll, I would have used the aluminum. The advantages are that the aluminum will not fade and crack in the sun like the plastic. The disadvantage is the rub rail does protrude away from the body and maybe provides a little protection.

I would probably spray the aluminum with clear coat to help keep it from oxidizing.

I would be interested to hearing opinions as I contemplate which direction to head. The aluminum is available at ACE hardware and materials would end up considerable less expensive than the rolls of rub rail.
it still has some protrusion and in my opinion would last really well in az sun. i would love it if you would share the particulars so i could hit ACE and scope it out. i really do like this better idea than plastic. plastic don't last in our az sun. looking forward to your info..
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