DIY end cap panel replacement?
My trailer was hailed badly about 10 years ago (story and photos in an old post). Only the end caps look bad. Although it doesn’t leak, I’m thinking about a future repair. Questions for the experts:
Once the rivets are drilled out, how difficult is it to remove a panel since it has sealant in the seams?
Would I remove/replace one segment at a time, or remove the entire end cap first?
How do I remove the windows? I have a Safari with the cheap windows with the black frames.
How precisely cut are the factory replacement panels? Do they need to be cut to fit? I know that I’ll need to cut out the windows and such.
Should I use a hole finder to match the old rivet holes to prevent the underlying structure from becoming Swiss cheese?
I intend to do this without removing the interior, so it will be done with blind rivets. Also, some of my dented panels were previously replaced (prior to the hail) by Airstream in JC due to corrosion (also described in an old post), so I’ll be removing some blind rivets and my ribs are probably already Swiss cheese.