Originally Posted by dkrukosky
I am getting ready to put the wraps back on but got to wondering about how they attach at the top. The original wraps were riveted along the same line as the bottom of the outer skins over lapping them. This almost guaranties that water running down the side of the trailer will go inside the belly.?? This just seems wrong to me. I noticed that the C channel has a step in it and looks like the banana wraps could (should??) be fastened in that step. this would help keep water out of the belly but would require rivet holes into the c channel right into the ends of the plywood floor (also not a good plan). So what are folks doing about this? I thought I read a thread on it a long time ago but now I cannot find it.
It all depends on if you are a conformist or nonconformist. A conformist would do as the factory did either right or wrong because the airstream factory can "do no wrong" and thats the way Airstream did it. I, on the other hand, am not a lemming, but a nonconformist and could care less how the Airstream factory originally manufactured the trailer and let common sense prevail and put the wraps under the exterior skin. I also shingled my house from the bottom up not the top down.
In my option Airstream does this because it's easier and cheaper to do it incorrectly. I guess their engineers never took physics in high school