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yve79 09-21-2011 11:44 AM

Interior ceiling access panel
 
I was wondering if anyone ever thought of or tried cutting the interior center of the ceiling, running the length of the trailer out and replacing with some type of removable panel? The advantage being access to light fixtures, ac ducting, wiring etc.

Wabbiteer 09-21-2011 02:50 PM

Drilling a few rivets is about as removable as that center ceiling panel should get, the riveted inner and outer layer of aluminum makes a working part of the whole structure that keeps everything rigid.

Rivets are quite friendly for quick access; drill, access, pop and forget... its holding up the sixteen or twenty foot section up to fasten it that is a worry!

Cutting the sixteen foot piece in smaller lengths and adding patch pieces that overlap the original with extra pop-rivets would* work though there would be some strength lost.

Mostly items in the shell are set and forget - worked well for mine for 40 years :)

Inland RV Center, In 09-21-2011 04:52 PM

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Originally Posted by yve79 (Post 1049022)
I was wondering if anyone ever thought of or tried cutting the interior center of the ceiling, running the length of the trailer out and replacing with some type of removable panel? The advantage being access to light fixtures, ac ducting, wiring etc.

There is no AC ducting within the roof.

What year is your Airstream?

Andy

yve79 09-21-2011 08:18 PM

Andy,
No I know there is no ducting now but thought I might put some in one day. I have a 1994 34" Excella Classic.

Pahaska 09-21-2011 10:41 PM

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Originally Posted by yve79 (Post 1049283)
Andy,
No I know there is no ducting now but thought I might put some in one day. I have a 1994 34" Excella Classic.

Sadly, there is no space above the present ceiling that you could put a duct. There is only a couple of inches between the inner skin and the outer skin, interspersed with ribs which can not be removed and best not be altered.


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