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Old 04-23-2013, 12:59 PM   #15
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For those buying off-the shelf aluminum rivets, I advise to make sure you're getting those with aluminum mandrels- some are steel, and the itty bitty part that's left after installation will eventually bleed rust!

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I wimped out and bought an air-driven riveter as I find rivets over 1/8 inch hard to do with a hand riveter.

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I will have to make sure my mandrels are aluminum. I bought the Harbor Freight air-riveter with the 20% discount coupon for around $30 bucks. I fired it up and it works great on a test run. It seems pretty versatile but a bit bulky was the only negative so far.
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Old 04-23-2013, 02:11 PM   #16
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I replaced every rivet I could with stainless steel machine screws and nuts. They last longer and look much better.
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I replaced every rivet I could with stainless steel machine screws and nuts. They last longer and look much better.
Brace yourself for the onslaught of claims that rivets are mechanical fuses.
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Brace yourself for the onslaught of claims that rivets are mechanical fuses.
As in "they are designed to fail"? In my book, that's a "bug" not a "feature". Is it that the trailer flexes enough that a rivet will fail and not grunge up the skin of the trailer as the bolt fails. I'd just as soon use nice bolts, too.

Let the flame war begin!
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Fergit the rivets AND the bolts!

VHB tape is where it's at...

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I am thinking that they are both LIGHTNING magnets.
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Old 04-23-2013, 04:39 PM   #21
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Replaced my rivits with nuts/bolts also, just dont tighten them so much that you pull the skin concave
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I don't care whether you use rivets, SS bolts, VHB tape, glue, OR SILICONE! I know what I USE/like ... the rest of you stay away from my trailer
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:12 AM   #23
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As in "they are designed to fail"? In my book, that's a "bug" not a "feature". Is it that the trailer flexes enough that a rivet will fail and not grunge up the skin of the trailer as the bolt fails. I'd just as soon use nice bolts, too.

Let the flame war begin!

I have just replaced every rivet in a 13" Scamp I'm refurbishing
Not because they failed but because they didn't have any snap caps on them.
I resealed and reriveted all of the aluminum windows and the nasty looking bolted on awning rails.
I even removed and polished the belly band.
About 175 rivets total.
Not one had FAILED and the trailer is a well used 32 years old.
I've refurbished 8 or 9 eggs since I retired and replaced many rivets.

The only hull patching I have ever had to do was where rivets had been replaced with bolts and the hull was crushed.

No flames, just my experience over the last 8 years.
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Old 04-24-2013, 12:15 AM   #24
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Fergit the rivets AND the bolts!

VHB tape is where it's at...

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My last 3 solar installations have been with VHB tape.
It's great.

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I don't care whether you use rivets, SS bolts, VHB tape, glue, OR SILICONE! I know what I USE/like ... the rest of you stay away from my trailer
Do you use a Casita or a Scamp rivet gun?
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I looked all over my package Byron and I cant tell if its Casita or Scamp. It only says Made in China. Inquiring minds want to know.
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OK... rivets it is! I have NEVER used a rivet gun... any hints? Videos? Wanna come over and do it for me?
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:59 AM   #28
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Here you go

Rivet Gun - How to use a Rivet Gun - YouTube
HOW TO: Hang Things on RV Walls using Pop Rivets - YouTube
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