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Old 02-06-2009, 01:12 PM   #1
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side panel, rubrail, bellypan interface

Along the sides of my 1969 Globe Trotter, is the side panel continuous behind the rubrail or is the sharply curved part below the rub rail a seperate piece? If it is a seperate piece, is it appropriate to call it the banana wrap or does banana wrap refer only to the pieces with double curvature below the rubrail at the corners. On the subject of the rubrail, is there any special technique to removing the blue vinyl strip that it cradles. Should I try to salvage this strip or is it customary to replace it with new? Are these vinyl strips available? Finally, are there any special proceedures in dealing with the rubrail at the wheel wells? It is at the wheel wells that I get the impression that the side panel and the panel below the rubrail are a single piece. If this is the case, how do you get the shell off the frame? Thanks a bunch. Now to get underneith and clear the way for belly pan removal.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:36 PM   #2
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Along the sides of my 1969 Globe Trotter, is the side panel continuous behind the rubrail or is the sharply curved part below the rub rail a seperate piece? If it is a seperate piece, is it appropriate to call it the banana wrap or does banana wrap refer only to the pieces with double curvature below the rubrail at the corners. On the subject of the rubrail, is there any special technique to removing the blue vinyl strip that it cradles. Should I try to salvage this strip or is it customary to replace it with new? Are these vinyl strips available? Finally, are there any special proceedures in dealing with the rubrail at the wheel wells? It is at the wheel wells that I get the impression that the side panel and the panel below the rubrail are a single piece. If this is the case, how do you get the shell off the frame? Thanks a bunch. Now to get underneith and clear the way for belly pan removal.
I THINK the '69 is made the same as my '75. If that is the case the curved section is separate. The front curved pieces are known as the banana wrap, the side sections are made from flat stock. The blue moulding can be pulled out starting at one end or the other (take the rivet/screw/clip off both ends first!) It may or may not survive the removal. The moulding stuff on my trailer is still available from my friendly airstream dealer.

Not sure about the wheel well area. I will look tomorrow and let you know.

Good luck and make sure to wear a face shield when you pull the belly pans

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