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Old 03-21-2011, 01:03 AM   #15
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:52 AM   #16
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The regular soft buck rivets, are fine.

They have held the Airstream shells together for over 75 years.

Lack of proper running gear balance has been probably the great cause of sheared rivets on an Airstream.

For exterior replacement of sheet metal, the Olympics are perfectly fine. They were extremely tested in the early 70's by Caravanner Insurance Company, the old insurance division of Airstream, and found to more than adequately satisfactory to replace the buck rivets.

The soft buck rivets are used in production, since they are extremely cheap and do not need to be shaved, which saves a ton of labor. Shaving olympic rivets can take more time than installing them. The simple secret is to add a small bead of Vulkem sealer, underneath the rivet head, before it's inserted into the hole. Plus the cost of one Olympic rivet, would buy at least 100 buck rivets, if not more.

Some dealers, may down talk olympics so they can charge the owner and/or insurance company more money to gut part of the interior, so that they can install buck rivets.

If the Olympics did not do a good job, considering proper installation, Airstream would have outlawed them, back in 1971, when the Dupont explosive rivets went off the market.

Life being what it is, some folks have a problem using a rubber band.

Back then, Caravanner Insurance more than adequately proved the effectiveness of the Olympic rivets, since a few dealers insisted on using buck rivets, so that they could charge more money for the job, and would say that the Olympics were no good.

Almost sounds like that old myth has somewhat come back to the surface.

If the interior is going to be gutting anyway, then use the buck rivets. If not, use the Olympics, but with some Vulkem sealer behind the rivet heads.

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I keep seeing the reference to "balancing the running gear", and I have to ask: how is this done and who can do it??? Does an alignment shop have the equipment, or do you take it to a specialized RV shop? It sounds like its important but I just do not understand how to go about getting this done.

Thanks for any help on this.

Alos, what kind of rivet should be used on the interior of a 2007 Bambi. I am missing one near the door, which I understand is somewhat common.

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I keep seeing the reference to "balancing the running gear", and I have to ask: how is this done and who can do it??? Does an alignment shop have the equipment, or do you take it to a specialized RV shop? It sounds like its important but I just do not understand how to go about getting this done.

Thanks for any help on this.

Alos, what kind of rivet should be used on the interior of a 2007 Bambi. I am missing one near the door, which I understand is somewhat common.

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Very few shops can balance the hub, drum and tire/wheel assembly as one unit.

But, that is what needs to be done.

In the absense of that, Centramatic abalancers can be installed, on the drum. They are simply a dish, that has rotating weights in a tube that surrounds the dish.

There are sefveral different models of the Centramatic balancers.

You must provide the number of studs on the drums, and what kind of wheels does your trailer have.

If they are steel 15 inch wheels, then that model is readily available.

If your wheels are mags, then how many holes and how much of a flat area is there on the backside of the mag wheel (dimension), for the Centramatic dish to fit in.

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what about wheel balancers

Do they last long or do they werar out and freeze up? which is the best ballancer to get?
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Do they last long or do they werar out and freeze up? which is the best ballancer to get?
Nothing to wear out.

Nothing to freeze.

Nothing to freeze up.

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