Question for Pete - Fiberglass RV

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Old 05-15-2007, 09:20 PM   #1
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The "weak link" theory is not the real reason rivets are used -- They are used because they keep the cost of manufacture down. If SS hardware and rubber gaskets were used, with the need to adjust the threaded bolt tension and the need to find solutions for the blind applications, both the materials and labor costs would go up. Not sure how the washer and the cap base mate...

I was a proponent of "replace the rivets with rivets" school, but having read of some experience from some of the Scampers group on SS, I would try a few SS bolts.

I have had an original rivet pull through the fiberglass roof in one place (but it doesn't leak because the dab of silicone outside isn't flawed.

BTW, the good solution for an overhead cabinet breaking rivets is not to replace the rivets with stronger fasteners but to drill more holes and install more fasteners to spread the load across more of them and on the fiberglass (and to check the existing rivets to see if any are loose, letting the cabinet "work".
I really would like to talk to you and I don`t yet know how to do it I have a 99 ranger 4wd and my son has told me to get An EGG.I don`t know if you have mountains where you live but I really would value your opinions.

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Old 05-16-2007, 07:16 AM   #2
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Bill, I split your post off into a new thread...



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Old 05-16-2007, 10:32 AM   #3
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Pete'll come forward, but I have to tell you, he has traveled all over the place through all types of weather and terrain. Coast to Coast and in Alaska
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