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Old 11-16-2013, 01:20 PM   #1
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i am having pop rib-its coming out in interior of ceiling near frig and rear bed by divider in trailer,,, i guess best way to replace is to drill out and just rib it them back.. what do the rib-bits attack to? wood or sheet metal?
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:35 PM   #2
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The interior rivets generally attach the interior skin to the ribs, which run laterally across your trailer, or to the stringers which run fore and aft. They shouldn't be popping out -- you might have an over-stiff towing rig or unbalanced running gear. You can drill them out and replace them but if you don't address the cause, you'll end up doing it again and again. Mike
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Old 11-16-2013, 02:12 PM   #3
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Check your axles to see that they move easily. Your unit is 20 years old and may need some maintenance. Find out what has changed recently. Have you been doing more rougher road travel or changed you tow vehicle? Loosening or breaking rivets mean the unit is taking too much abuse.
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Old 11-17-2013, 09:02 AM   #4
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thanks for advice,,, when we brought it aug in 2012, it had a couple rib bits coming loose already, near sink area and throne. the last guy had a a older ford truck a 350 i think, i have a tundra, so i had to drop hitch, same hitch. the stabilizers had to be tightened more, i left a little slack in ball anchor connection up and down part, i was a new trailer guy, so took me a wile backing up, and i did put in bind quite a few times. i have gotten better.
well we are going to re pop them and we are going on a 3 to 4,ooo mile trip , see it it happens again.
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