When I purchased my 1991 34' Limited Aniversary Edition, I found a note in with all the original paperwork from when this unit was purchased new. I do not know when in the life of this unit the note was added.
The note says:
" leak over right front window". That is all.
So during my rebuild of the interior, I removed the front ABS plastic ceiling end cap so I could weld a pair of cracks and paint it. When I got the end cap out, I find a water stain trail starting at one rivet and 2 empty rivet holes, YES, EMPTY HOLES that are only in the inner center segment
, and leading down to the top of the right front window.
There are numerous empty holes but only these two had leaked.
On inspection, I find that the right front roof segment has been replaced at some time in the past. This segment is secured with Olympic rivets that where obviousley installed WITH OUT ANY SEALER. In fact the rivets where not very tight as the repair persons had not removed the old sikum from the inside of the center segment nor the smaller lower right segment, leaving the "old" sealer to act as a shock absorber and not compressing down as the rivets should.
There is not even a hint of sealer between the segments. The only sealer had been applied from the outside and "some what" shoved into the edge of the seam. I do not know why it was not a sieve............
Now I am taking out all rivets and cleaning and putting it back together in the correct manner. Sikum between the segments, on the Olymics and etc. etc. etc.
To remove the rivets, I modified a pair of "end nipper" wire cutters and a pair of angled side cutters by grinding the inside of the cutting edges so they are thinner and sharper. I also ground down the outside of the cutting surfaces to a sharp edge.
This allowed me to easily cut of the rivets from the inside of the trailer and leave no marks on the outside.
All my "cleco's" are 1/8" size and the holes are 5/32" so the cleco's are loose. I solved that problem by cutting some 1/16" wide strips of an old trophy name plate and using them as a spacer in the hole with the cleco. Works great.
I will be able to replace all the rivets utilizing the existing holes so it will look good from the outside. The spacing appears to be correct.
Anyway, I just am having a hard time in understanding why someone went to the trouble of replacing the segment WITRHOUT caulking.
And they obviously used a rivet shaver as all the rivet heads looked great.
Wish I had a shaver but don't so I will do it the hard way with a die grinder & dremel polisher.
Can we shoot people that use silocone caulking????????