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Old 10-26-2010, 06:08 PM   #15
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Hi Pat,

Well it seems to be a consensus that the direct sun heats up the panels and like anything causes expansion and contraction in doing so. As it heats up you get a dimple, when it cools it goes away. This seems to be localized to longer trailers that have more space exposed between windows, etc.

I am planning on getting the awning package installed spring/summer next year, so this should take care of the sides.

If you have heard your trailer popping, and we all have, this is the expansion and contraction.

Airstream and others have all said the same thing.

I will post pics when I get the trailer in a couple weeks.
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Old 10-27-2010, 09:31 AM   #16
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Hi Pat,
I am planning on getting the awning package installed spring/summer next year, so this should take care of the sides.


I will post pics when I get the trailer in a couple weeks.
The awning package will reduce, not eliminate the puckering.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:18 AM   #17
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You'll love the awning package. Not only functional, but I think they are really dressy. As for the pucker, it's natural and nothing to be concerned about.

I don't think I remember hearing popping, but if I did, I probably dismissed it as being heat-related.

I bet you can't wait, either. I'd be about to bust.

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Old 10-27-2010, 06:37 PM   #18
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After my trailer is exposed to 100+ degrees temperature, then running the AC, I hear a lot of popping as well. This is normal under this circumstance and eventually stops. I haven’t noticed any exterior puckering.
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Old 10-27-2010, 10:22 PM   #19
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For what it's worth, my 77 31 footer has had a noticeable pucker in that same location since it was new and a smaller pucker just aft of the wheel well. They do not go away or get larger in the heat. I've had it checked for frame sag and the frame is fine. I call them the mother pucker and little pucker.
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:58 PM   #20
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Skin Ripple On One Side

Check out the side pics of this 2010 Flying Cloud. What is causing this whole side to ripple like this and not the other side?

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There's nothing there that concerns me. It looks like the Airstream was pulled up next to a ridged-metal industrial or pole building (that's the vertical lines you see). The window frames to the right of the door & the stove vent pulled the skin tight to the frame. That pulled in the skin a bit more and that's the sole reason that the reflected sheet metal ridges are distorted IMO. I would particularly question what was happening if this if it was occurring aft of the wheel wells.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:10 PM   #22
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Check out the side pics of this 2010 Flying Cloud. What is causing this whole side to ripple like this and not the other side?

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I think that's just the usual shape of the skin around various vents and rivets and such, but it looks really weird because there's a metal building behind the camera being reflected off the side of the shiny new trailer, and the vertical lines of the panels on the metal building are really showing the fun-house-mirror effect off the FC's skin.
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Old 03-25-2011, 05:45 PM   #23
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You're right! It's the reflection of the building.

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Old 03-29-2011, 06:46 PM   #24
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I think I would be more concerned about the buckling in the glass!!!
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I think I would be more concerned about the buckling in the glass!!!
After a half dozen Pinacoladas I see lots of ripples and buckling...
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Old 06-15-2011, 01:45 PM   #26
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I've never seen anything like that in ours. We've been in temps up to at least 106˚. Surely expansion and contraction have effects, but why would some trailers do that and others do not?

I think there's something different in the workmanship when they were built. Considering that different workers do things differently and over the years there have been complaints about workmanship by some people and not by others, it could have to do with who built what on what day.

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I have the same concerns as Gene, why are other AS in the same climate conditions not effected.

Never noticed anything like that, but why would you even be looking for it?

It's not something that is likely to "self repair".
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