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Old 07-02-2016, 11:44 PM   #15
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Rivets and window repair

I'm going to track down some closed-end rivets when everyone gets back to work from the long weekend (Happy Canada Day!), as I've heard the same about them being waterproof.

It looks like I'll be doing a window rebuild too, much sooner than I had anticipated. I remember seeing the YouTube vid on the process, but does anyone near Edmonton, AB know where I can find the rubber trim/gasket/seals that I'll need to get these windows water tight again? I may just remove the existing seals and take them to an RV shop to see if they can match what I have. I'll post my source and some part numbers if/when I find what I need.

Thanks for all the great suggestions and advice. It's really made this project a lot less intimidating so far.
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:22 PM   #16
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[QUOTE=Cheech00TS;595790]Hey everyone,

I'm new to the boler world, and the FGRV world in general, but I'm very excited to get our new project out to enjoy the benefits of not sleeping on the ground in a tent. I've been through the boler fairly thoroughly now and below are my most pressing issues without obvious solutions.

I've done some searching for information about the bolts that hold the door hinges to the shell of the body and the door itself (the horizontal bolts, not the vertical bolts with the spring and brass ball) and I'm coming up empty-handed so I'm hoping to get some help here.

Would drill out the broken bolts as the curved door and side do not work with a flat style hinge that is why the ball system.

Does anyone know the hinge hole size, thread, and the length of the original bolts? I'd like to try re-using the original hinges (with the addition of the rebuild kit) if at all possible.

They have a repair kit with the ball available we got one for our trailer.

As for rivets, is there anything special about the rivets that need to be used to fasten the upper cabinets back to the shell, or are they pretty standard? I haven't done much with rivets but after looking into it they seem like the easiest solution to getting the boler back to good. I have several holes in the shell where rivets used to be and one way or another they will all need to be filled and waterproofed.

Closed end rivets are water proof to 500 psi and the bolers used 3/16" rivets.

Further issues with the cabinets... The PO removed the two black metal supports from the sink side of the cabinets, and on the fridge side there was a very lightweight grease splash guard that was screwed to the top and bottom cabinets providing no structural support whatsoever. What do you suggest that I replace these supports with? I'm not sure what material would be best to be supportive yet lightweight, and I'm also not sure what the original distance between the cabinets was (from countertop to bottom of upper). Right now I have 3/8" difference L (20 1/4") to R (20 5/8") so I know something is off!

Our support is wrought iron but lighter materials are available.
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Old 07-07-2016, 06:31 PM   #17
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Spaenaur in Kitchener Ontario has closed end rivets.
Hanson Rivet also has them
Closed End Blind Rivets 3/16 X Grip range we got 3 different lengths using the longer ones only lol
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:47 PM   #18
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Closed end rivets

Thanks for that pic. I was able to track some closed end rivets down at an industrial supplier, since big box stores don't seem to stock them. They seem to work well, although initially I got the wrong shank length. Turns out, I needed them for a new water fill inlet for the curb side anyways. Hopefully I'm able to get the upper cabinet hung tomorrow, and possibly post some pics of the renovations.
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Old 07-08-2016, 02:43 PM   #19
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Hinges and boler parts

Lots of stuff here for the boler

Vintage Trailer Supply - parts and supplies for vintage travel trailers and campers!

I found hinges and hinge repair kit here

Stainless Steel Boler Scamp Door Hinge Repair Kit
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Old 07-09-2016, 07:38 PM   #20
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hinge bolts, springs and new balls

Vintage trailer supply has window and door seal samples available for .50 cents each we purchase about 12 to test what works on our trailer.
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Old 07-10-2016, 01:03 PM   #21
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boler window seals

I've ordered the following window seals from Vintage Trailer Supply, and I'm hoping that I haven't missed anything:

Jalousie Header and Sill Seal 10' VTS-386
Jalousie Window bottom Seal 10' VTS-239
Vinyl J Seal 25' VTS-2019

I should be receiving the order sometime this week, so once it arrives I'll update again. Currently in Edmonton, the forecast calls for rain over the next 3 days so these seals can't arrive soon enough!

Any info on how to make the replacement process go more smoothly would be appreciated, although it looks pretty straight forward.
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Old 07-10-2016, 03:33 PM   #22
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Some essential tricks on rebuilding the Jalousie windows.
First after you remove the windows and before you remove the screws holding the frame together heat heat the aluminum frame with a heat gun to expand the aluminum channel some, if you don't do this the screws will break off, the heat expands the channel enough that the screws come out.

Secondly always install new screws, I believe they are #6 x 1 1/4"

Here is some more information which includes my video which may help you some Boler Jalousie Window Disassembly
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Old 07-10-2016, 10:29 PM   #23
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Windows leaking, now furnace vent?

After a hard rain today, I noticed that in addition to both of my windows now leaking (water accumulating in the bottom sill and then running over and down the wall), I had quite a bit of water pooled in the middle of the floor by the door that was coming from the base of the furnace. I took off the makeshift vent cover to discover that there was moisture in both the inner and outer tubes. I'm not sure how the rain was able to get into that area and accumulate so much, but it's clear that I'll need to address this issue quickly. I've thought that maybe a sloped vent cover that acts as a rain guard, with a bug screen to cover the opening, might do the trick but is there something I'm missing here? Would there be another underlying problem that I've missed? As always, your input will be appreciated!
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It may be the pipes but a common leak is at the top and around the furnace vent plate. It many need resealing, also a rain or water diverter, similar to what is above the door, along the top of that vent is also helpful
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Old 07-11-2016, 08:21 AM   #25
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Furnace vent

IanG, thanks for all of the great advice here. I'll have to check with some RV shops and see what they have available, or just head to a hardware store and see if I can make my own. The original vent has been butchered so it'll need replacing, although the outer seal looks to be in good shape. I'm assuming that butyl tape and good stainless hardware will be suitable for the new vent.
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