Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 11-16-2012, 03:43 PM   #1
Rivet Master
Roadrunner's Avatar
1978 29' Ambassador
1974 25' Tradewind
1974 27' Overlander
Indiana , Pennsylvania
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 675
Blog Entries: 7
Banana Wrap/Reflector Removal

The banana wraps on our "74" Tradewind are in bad shape. I'm going to remove them and try using the "shotput" method of repair. Both banana wraps have a reflector on them. Is there a certain way they need to be removed? Does the reflector come off with the wrap? Thanks!

Bob Leopold
Indiana, PA

WBCCI 4871
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Banana Wrap.jpg
Views:	554
Size:	150.6 KB
ID:	172848  
Roadrunner is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-16-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
retired USA/USAF
2001 30' Excella
Somerset , New Jersey
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 2,416
If they are screwed on you should remove the plastic and will see the screws. If the plastic doesn't seem to be removable they are probably glued on. Use a heat gun. They look like an industrial hair dryer if you're not sure. Carefully warm it up and with a thin putty knife slip it under to remove it. Double sided tape, available at most any automotive parts store, will put it back on. If the plastic has deteriorated you maybe should look to replace.
Roger in NJ

" Democracy is the worst form of government. Except for all the rest"
Winston Churchill 1948

TAC - NJ 18

polarlyse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-19-2012, 08:42 AM   #3
Rivet Master
Belegedhel's Avatar
1973 21' Globetrotter
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 3,131
The reflector is glued onto the pot-metal mount with some kind of double-sided tape. You can pry them out with a screwdriver if you aren't worried about breaking them. I bought replacement reflectors that are the exact same size as the originals at Northern Tool for a couple of bucks. The pot metal mount is pop-riveted to the banana wrap and will come off with the wrap.

My wraps were pretty beat up also. Looked like a PO tried putting a stabilizer jack under two of the wraps, so not only were they dented, one actually had a rip in it where the jack head cut in. I was able to get my wraps pretty straight using a big rubber mallet and a bag of sand. Had to use an English Wheel to repair the really badly creased/torn sections.

good luck!
Belegedhel is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:56 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.