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Old 08-24-2018, 03:57 PM   #1
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Hi folks,
After a year of lurking on the forums, we have our Aurstream. We have a 1971 Ambassador 29. We are working on the inside and the endcap on the living end of the trailer has 4 small stress cracks at rivits. We don't think we want to get involved with manufacturing a replacement so we are looking at what kind of repairs we can do. So the first question (of thousands to come) is what is that thing made of? Is it fiberglass or so other form of plastic? Right now is is pink, the same color as a 1960's Barbie doll! We probably want it white.
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Old 08-24-2018, 07:01 PM   #2
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Abs plastic.
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Old 08-25-2018, 08:34 AM   #3
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it's plastic, and not very durable. unfortunately your best bet is to make a new one. Fortunately, there are quite a few threads with pics on how people have gone about doing this. It's actually easier than one might think (strips of aluminum or wood laid out to look like the exterior rear of a multi-panel AS).
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Old 08-25-2018, 09:46 AM   #4
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When I was working on the cap on our 72 Argosy I discovered it was made out a very thin sheet of fiberglass. Very tough stuff. As such I was able to patch a small crack using fiberglass repair methods. If it is ABS, Krylon makes a paint that supposedly works very well. Search the forums.
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