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Old 03-19-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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Moving AS tomorrow and need advice

Hello everyone!

I own a 29' 1974 Ambassador and will be moving it tomorrow. Here's the catch. The PO wanted to wait until the ground hardened a little here in Ohio before we moved the trailer from it's current home. Over the past month we've been working on it where she sits now. The other day I started the process to remove and fix the interior front end cap. The cap is still in (not for long ) but all of the rivets have been removed around the cap. Everything is still fairly secure. We will be moving the trailer about 15 miles on the interstate. Do I need to button everything up the way it was or can I get away with just making sure everything is secure with strategically placed rivets? Just so you know, I never would have started the end cap removal had I known we would be moving it tomorrow.
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Old 03-19-2010, 10:33 AM   #2
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Your trailer will flex a lot more than you may imagine....even on smooth roadways. Without seeing your whole picture T would secure it.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:43 AM   #3
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Maybe Cleco's would work for the trip... it might save you from re-riveting and drilling everything. I'll defer to someone with more expertise on Clecos, but it's an idea.
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:43 AM   #4
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If you are going to secure things in place with only a few rivets I would use washers on the rivet to increase the surface area supporting the cap. This will aid in preventing the cap from cracking at the rivet.

The number and placement of the rivets is a hard one. I would aim for those rivets that will be in shear around the bottom edge, to take the weight and some at the top, to stop possible rotation. a dozen should be enough for that distance.
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