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Old 02-13-2010, 09:09 PM   #1
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I would like to remove the front/back end caps in my AS . Does anyone know whats behind them? Thanks
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I would like to remove the front/back end caps in my AS . Does anyone know whats behind them? Thanks
Insulation, wiring and the back of the exterior skin.

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Is the electrical something I could re route and the aluminum something I could polish? Cynthia
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I'd also like to remove my front end cap to push out a really awful dent in panel #21. Can anyone who's done this give me an idea of how difficult it is to accomplish? I understand I need to un-wire and remove the front control panel ('69 Safari), light, etc. I've already re-done my bathroom floor and am a decent design/build mechanic. I'm really trying to decide if I should push the dent out from inside or replace the panel entirely. I should mention I don't mind a few wrinkles in the exterior as the trailer is far from cherry anyway.... excuse the semi-hijack ;-)
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Is the electrical something I could re route and the aluminum something I could polish? Cynthia
Probably, but why?

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Want the headroom.
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Want the headroom.
You will gain about 1 1/2" and still need to deal with the section where the removed end cap meets the interior shell. You also will loose the small R value of the insulation. Believe me it there is a big difference between only the outside shell and the interior skin with insulation. We noticed the difference when we had only the aluminum bubble wrap inside opposed to the bare exterior skin.

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Is the electrical something I could re route and the aluminum something I could polish? Cynthia
No. the back side of the bucked rivets in the shell are protruding and the electrical connections to the running lights are encased in waterproofing gloop. The surprising thing is that there is no structure between the inner dome and the outside shell, only insulation and wires.

You can make an aluminum inner dome that you can polish. Start at this post to see one method.

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Zep,
Im convinced....way too much work for me. THANK YOU for opening my eyes..I almost made a fatal error removing the caps..
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Here's a picture of the back, the front looks the same.
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Bruce, My rear bath has the overhead fiberglass formed storage bins. Did yours have the same? Seems I could loose the rear end cap with less wiring to deal with. I would still need skin it with a flexible material to keep it insulated. What have been your issues so far? Thanks for the photo. Helps a bunch.
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Cynthia,

There is a user on the forums that re-covered the inside endcap (one or both, can't remember) with strips of real wood. Looked pretty good, and would allow you to recoup the space taken by the cabinets, if that's your goal.

Perhaps another reader here will know who I am talking bout and post a link...?
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Cynthia,

There is a user on the forums that re-covered the inside endcap (one or both, can't remember) with strips of real wood. Looked pretty good, and would allow you to recoup the space taken by the cabinets, if that's your goal.

Perhaps another reader here will know who I am talking bout and post a link...?
That sounds perfect and it would keep with my design plans. Let me know if you find them..
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I would still need skin it with a flexible material to keep it insulated. What have been your issues so far? Thanks for the photo. Helps a bunch.
You may like what Zep did. Check out post #6 in this thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f454...ent-57687.html

There was a beautiful wood veneer renovation done by jimcathexis but the link to his blog doesn't appear to work anymore. You may be able to reach him with a PM to see if he still has any photograps of his work. It was stunning.


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