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Old 09-30-2017, 06:52 PM   #1
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Proper repair of this tear

I need to fix these two holes before rains start. I have a 1961 Tradewind 24. One is the endcap, the other is above the windows on street side. They were caused by burning awning falling on this side. Suggestions??Click image for larger version

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Old 09-30-2017, 07:01 PM   #2
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Cover with a patch and rivet it...
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Old 09-30-2017, 08:01 PM   #3
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Buy a small piece of alclad, cut out some patches and rivet in place. Put heavy bead of sealant under the patch all the way around.
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Old 10-09-2017, 04:10 PM   #4
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You could make a cool patch like this one me son made for me. https://photos.app.goo.gl/NykziTlHKjfWaNkq1
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You could make a cool patch like this one me son made for me. https://photos.app.goo.gl/NykziTlHKjfWaNkq1

So, what happens if you push that Big Red Button?

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Old 10-09-2017, 05:37 PM   #6
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So, what happens if you push that Big Red Button?



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There is an appropriate electric shock delivered to the button pushing offender...
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WHAT...... WAIT.......DID I SEE BURNING AWNING? How did that happen?
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Old 10-09-2017, 08:30 PM   #8
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what...... Wait.......did i see burning awning? How did that happen?


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Old 10-09-2017, 08:36 PM   #9
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This is a picture of all the damage. The PO had parked next to another RV and somehow the awning caught fire and crashed on the Airstream. It burned the shroud and the Solordome. This is his account of what happened....
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Is this also his dime repairing the damage?
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No, I bought this with the knowledge that it was going to be a lot of work...
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The cool patch idea is best
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:21 PM   #13
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Looking at the whole thing at once, I would probably replace two of the endcap panels, the roof panel above the windows, and at that point I would probably replace the next sheet down.

It’s all flat aluminum, which will keep cost down, but of course most all of the interior will need to be pulled out too.

In the end, that could be a very nice trailer though.
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Old 10-09-2017, 09:24 PM   #14
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By the way, you need to read “Burnside Bob’s” thread about reclaiming an Airstream from the fire monster...
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The end cap segments shown are compound curved and are very hard to come by, very very hard to duplicate and even giant patches would require some skill and specialized tools. I guess it depends on your ultimate goal for this trailer.
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A painted Airstream might be the easiest and cheapest way out.
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You'all have great senses of humor....lol
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Except,,, really, I intend on painting an Airstream. I bought a worn out one that was already painted just for that cause.
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Except,,, really, I intend on painting an Airstream. I bought a worn out one that was already painted just for that cause.


Ok, I have to know...Painting as in a Fine Art Painting or painting like an Airplane or building? I'm old enough to remember the hippies in their many colored buses and VW Vans....lol
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