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Old 05-09-2014, 03:46 AM   #15
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re-rivet belly band?

I have a trillium type belly band on my 77 Boler. It was super easy to buy a package of vinyl insert from an RV dealer, off the shelf, pull out the old , cracked, faded one and then starting from one end, squeeze the trim inside, working around the trailer. I did not cut until the end, and left a couple extra inches for shrinkage, making it nice and tight.

Now, I find that the metal band has pulled away from/broken off the rivets connected to the trailer. I get to remove the vinyl insert and replace each rivet. Has anyone done this? I was thinking of drilling out no more than a few, and replacing all around one by one.

Suggestions? Thanks!

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Old 05-12-2014, 10:18 AM   #16
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The problem is probably not the rivets, but what the rivets are holding onto. In Trilliums, the rivits are attached to metal plates in the fibreglass. These plates rust, then the belly band starts to fall off.

My solution was to eliminate the belly band and glass in the gap.
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