Fantastic fan Leak - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-14-2006, 02:56 PM   #1
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Had a leak at the pop rivets on the Fantastic Fan flange of my 2005 Scamp. Took Con's advice (http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/in...pic=18751&st=0) and drilled out the rivets and replaced with stainless steel bolts. The drill holes were not completely round so I used "Goop" around the nylon washer and bolt head to seal up any small voids. I used "Goop" (or Shoe Goo) since it is the only thing I found works on shoes that flex a lot and get wet - It really bonds well too and had it available in my workshop. So far been through a couple of good rain storms and no leaks. Bah Humbug on pop rivets. Don't understand egg makers love afair with them???
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Old 05-14-2006, 03:37 PM   #2
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...Bah Humbug on pop rivets. Don't understand egg makers love afair with them???
Here's my guess:
  • cheap
  • fast
  • cheap
  • they stretch or shear off under excessive force, perhaps instead of cracking the fiberglass
  • cheap
  • unlike bolts, do not need re-tightening
  • cheap
I'm not being critical by suggesting that rivets are used because they are cheap. The less a company spends building a product, the lower the selling price to us can be.
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(they stretch or shear off under excessive force, perhaps instead of cracking the fiberglass)


I beleive this is mostly true.
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Here's my guess:
  • cheap
  • fast
  • cheap
  • <strike>they stretch or shear off under excessive force, perhaps instead of cracking the fiberglass</strike>
  • cheap
  • <strike>unlike bolts, do not need re-tightening</strike>
  • cheap
I'm not being critical by suggesting that rivets are used because they are cheap. The less a company spends building a product, the lower the selling price to us can be.
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