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Old 11-09-2004, 10:29 AM   #1
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Rivet Every Last Rivet

My husband got so tired of tracking leaks, and then finding out that there were more after every big rainstorm, that he has decided to replace EVERY LAST RIVET on the whole exterior. He's using larger rivets and vulkem on both sides (the interior is stripped). He's also adding ones where he feels they are needed, especially the rear door hatch that leaked so badly before. Well, at least we wont have mis-matching rivets on the outside!

He made an interesting tool out of a piece of dowel larger than the rivets, that is concavely curved to the convex shape of the rivet. He then cuts a little circle of abrasive padding, puts it into the wood cavity and puts it into a power drill which then can be used to polish the rivets to a perfect bright shine. And he enjoys this! I keep thinking of the "Airstream Scream " picture.

And I wonder why this trailer rehab is taking so long? I can hardly wait for the all metal interior riveting, done with the petal style aluminum panels on the ends. (Classy I know ,but major time comsuming).

Polishing the rivets is something I can do, but he'd rather keep that pleasure to himself. This must be a MALE thing. " I WILL appreciate this when it is done, I WILL......" that's my new mantra. silver suz

Really, I DO appreciate his hard work and attention to details. but I keep thinking I would like to use the trailer on a trip in this decade. silver suz
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Old 11-09-2004, 12:02 PM   #2
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What kind of rivets is he using?

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Old 11-09-2004, 12:44 PM   #3
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What kind of rivets is he using?

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From Silver Suz's description "little petals on the inside" I would assume
Olympics.

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Old 11-09-2004, 12:59 PM   #4
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From Silver Suz's description "little petals on the inside" I would assume
Olympics.

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Gosh, I hope not. I think it's something about the interior panel shapes.
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Wow that is gonna be really expensive. Plus I'm not sure it will stop the leaks if its the seams that are leaking.

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Not to mention that olympics are not as strong.....

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I recall the petals being some type of wall treatment for the endcaps. Nobody would use Olympics to do a whole trailer. Would they?
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Reread the post, the petals have something to do with the interior caps, but if you have to "polish" a rivet....sounds like Olys to me.

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Old 11-09-2004, 04:31 PM   #9
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is your trailer a 1974?

there is no sealant between the seams, might want to start there.

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...He's using larger rivets and vulkem on both sides (the interior is stripped)...
I do not think replacing every single rivet is a good idea.

Since your interior is stripped, I think you would get a better end product if your husband devoted his energy towards devising a water test apparatus similar too, but smaller in scale to what the Factory uses to verify their craftsmanship. I envision an arc of sprinkler heads mounted in PVC connected to a pressure washer on wheels that can be moved along the length of the Airstream.

Just my opinion.

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Old 11-09-2004, 05:18 PM   #11
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I do not think replacing every single rivet is a good idea.

I envision an arc of sprinkler heads mounted in PVC connected to a pressure washer on wheels that can be moved along the length of the Airstream.

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Great idea! They could bring it to rallys and charge a couple of bucks for a wash, and a few bucks more for a walbernize.
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Maybe another detail is in order. I have started leaving them out since I tend to bore people with my endless glaze.

My vision is a leak detector to identify the bad places in the outer shell.

Don is probably pulling my leg. But I tend to be pretty dense.

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Yes, I was pulling your leg. I would have added a smily face, but can't figure out how to do it in the 'quick reply' box.
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