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Old 05-26-2019, 09:46 AM   #1
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Flashing the body at the hitch

I have the belly skin off from the hitch back to the wheels in order to repair some rusted outriggers and clean / repaint the frame.

Although there isn't any serious frame damage, there is a lot of rust as well as some underside sub floor water damage from where water capillaries back on the hitch and underneath the body.

I've heard of people somehow flashing banana wraps at the A-frame but never seen any detailed photos of how they did it. Please post any pics or maybe a link to a detailed thread.

Thanks in advance.
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Old 08-06-2019, 10:37 AM   #2
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All repairs have been made, wraps and belly pan reinstalled. Looking at the trailer you would never know I did anything, aside form painting the hitch.

So now I want to seal the area where the hitch penetrates the wrap, and I've had no suggestions so I want to revive the topic and see if I get anything useful.

There were some plastic trim pieces, L-shaped cross section, bent in a U-shape (with square corners) that dropped over the hitch frame, snugged up against the shell and were pop riveted in place. One is mostly intact, the second is broken with a large piece missing. I have contacted Airstream for parts and this piece is no longer available.

Right now I am considering trying to repair the broken piece, splicing in some new plastic with solvent glue or plastic welding, then before installing, coating the backside of the flange with vulkum.

Still looking for suggestions...

BTW, the exposing of the frame, making minor repairs, painting, replacing insulation, etc, it was no fun at all. However, I did the rear section several years ago so I had a good idea of what I was getting into. Like the rear section, I am glad I got in there when I did. This type of project, when done properly is likely a once in a lifetime job.
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Old 08-13-2019, 08:18 AM   #3
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Flashing at the Hitch

I think your best bet here is caulk. Any flashing will help make the gap smaller but the final step will need to be a sealant. Keep in mind that water will be blasting up against this at highway speed. It is almost impossible to keep water out completely. Sometime the better question is how to get the water out that got in, in spite of all of your efforts?
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https://www.vintagetrailersupply.com...p/vts-2141.htm

VTS has them listed but not in stock. If you sign up for "email me when in stock" they should actually move towards getting more...

I just signed up for them as I'll need them eventually...

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When I took my trailer apart, and removed those original, plastic "closeouts," as I blieve they are often termed, I found that the frame rails underneath were dramatically pitted and corroded due to the water that got trapped between the plastic and the frame rail. Will probably just goop some vulkem into the cracks rather than replacing the trim pieces.

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