Originally Posted by fusedlight
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
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
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.