Most of us know that occationally the white Snap Caps that cover the external rivets on Casitas, Scamps, and possibly some others, like to pop off, especially on older campers and those that are not kept under a shelter.
This is from sun light
and heat. Even those campers stored under tarps and custom covers get plenty of heat, during the summer. What actually happens is that the base deteriorates and falls off taking the Scap Cap with it. Leaving an exposed rivet head.
When we got our '03 Casita
in January of 2010, the man included a tube of silicone and a bag of snap caps and said, "You will need these"!
First washing, popped off 3 with the water hose and a couple of more with the bush. So far I've replaced a dozen or more. They had all
been struck on with silicone.
The best way
to replace them is to drill out the old rivet and replace it, the decorative Acorn Nut inside, the Snap Cap Base and Snap Cap itself. And this takes 2 people and really strong hands to pop those new 3/16" rivits, or a larger Rivet tool. Also a drill and the correct size bit.
Screws can also be used, but again all the above holds true, except for the rivet tool and strong hands. .
Sticking old or new Snap Caps on with silicone doesn't last long. Problem is that silicon doesn't stick to the underside of the "PLastic" Snap Cap very well. When the replaced cap pops off, there will be a glob of silicone, the shape of the snap cap clinging tightly to the rivet head.
So, Provided this doesn't conflict with something else Jean has planned, Saturday AM after breakfast, around 9ish, I will be available to demonstrate a way that 1 person can make those repairs that will last much longer than silicone alone, without replacing the rivet and acorn nut. There is a tad of prep involved. But the replacement itself is quick. Ten little kits can be made in 40 minutes or less while watching TV. . I carry some in the camper in a tiny plastic box to make repairs whenever needed.
I've had these repairs on my Casita since spring of 2010 and they are still holding tight. Some, that I simply put the Cap back on with Silicone, came loose in a few months when washing the trailer.
Of course the demonstration is free and nothing is for sale
. However I do respond well to chocolate, hugs, hand shakes, smiles, and kisses from puppies.
We will be on site 922. Anyone interested let me know.