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Old 08-17-2012, 04:26 PM   #41
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Olympic rivets do not have the shear strength as an AD rivet (bucked solid rivet). If they did most aircraft would have that type. Folks use them as they are quick,easy, one man job.
There is a front hold down plate welded to the front of the frame that extends vertical into the coach.
If you had the AS dealer check out the front end of the frame and replaced bolts and etc. that have rusted into, did they check the rest of the hold down bolts. there are bolts at every outrigger down the sides and in the rear. If the front were rusted through are the others holding the shell down?
Not to put fear into the plan, but you may need to inspect things a little closer before a long trip.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:03 AM   #42
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Ad,
Olympic rivets do not have the shear strength as an AD rivet (bucked solid rivet). If they did most aircraft would have that type. Folks use them as they are quick,easy, one man job.
There is a front hold down plate welded to the front of the frame that extends vertical into the coach.
If you had the AS dealer check out the front end of the frame and replaced bolts and etc. that have rusted into, did they check the rest of the hold down bolts. there are bolts at every outrigger down the sides and in the rear. If the front were rusted through are the others holding the shell down?
Not to put fear into the plan, but you may need to inspect things a little closer before a long trip.
Good Luck,
Jack

No, they did not check the rest of the bolts around the trailer. However, I suspect they are fine as the reason some of these front bolts are missing is my own error. I replaced this section of the subfloor and apparently didn't secure it with the proper bolts. The bolts in adjacent areas were severely rusted even though the wood was not rotted through.
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