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Old 03-24-2017, 06:56 AM   #1
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How big of an issue is this?

Still in process of redecorating 1969 boler camper and came across this. There are two pop rivets no longer holding the cabinet in place but are still in the camper wall. I dread drilling those out, which I am guessing is the only way to reposition cabinet and fix properly. How big of a problem is this? Is there any other way? The cabinet has to be pushed up about 3/4 of an inch maybe less to see where the rivet goes.Click image for larger version

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Old 03-24-2017, 07:16 AM   #2
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Still in process of redecorating 1969 boler camper and came across this. There are two pop rivets no longer holding the cabinet in place but are still in the camper wall. I dread drilling those out, which I am guessing is the only way to reposition cabinet and fix properly. How big of a problem is this? Is there any other way? The cabinet has to be pushed up about 3/4 of an inch maybe less to see where the rivet goes.Attachment 104255
Well it has to be fixed I am sure.. How hard it will be to get the old rivets out - who can say. It might be easy or it might be hard. But in a rig that age, its a skill you want to have. I had to replace one in a new Scamp and it was put in at an angle so when it failed it took a bit of work to dislodge and remove.

Another member just went through this.. see post #16: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ets-78359.html

BTW, is this a cabinet that had or has support under it? Is the support in place?
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:32 AM   #3
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Well it has to be fixed I am sure.. How hard it will be to get the old rivets out - who can say. It might be easy or it might be hard. But in a rig that age, its a skill you want to have. I had to replace one in a new Scamp and it was put in at an angle so when it failed it took a bit of work to dislodge and remove.

Another member just went through this.. see post #16: http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...ets-78359.html

BTW, is this a cabinet that had or has support under it? Is the support in place?


Yes, it has two supports underneath.
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Old 03-24-2017, 07:35 AM   #4
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Yes, it has two supports underneath.


But they are on each end of the countertop. Not in the middle like some I've seen.
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Old 03-28-2017, 10:44 PM   #5
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Don't wait

I found 1 sheared-off rivet in my sink one day. There were 3 others holding up my upper cabinet and I wasn't too worried. Planned to fix it over the winter.

My next trip I got where I was going and my upper cabinet was hanging, range hood and all, from the ceiling and no longer attached to the outer wall at all. Contents were everywhere.

The missing rivet meant too much weight put on the other 3, which then sheared off. Lesson I learned: Don't let anything go. Every single thing in these fiberglass campers is there for a reason.
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Old 03-28-2017, 11:26 PM   #6
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Still in process of redecorating 1969 boler camper and came across this. There are two pop rivets no longer holding the cabinet in place but are still in the camper wall. I dread drilling those out, which I am guessing is the only way to reposition cabinet and fix properly. How big of a problem is this? Is there any other way? The cabinet has to be pushed up about 3/4 of an inch maybe less to see where the rivet goes.Attachment 104255
Personal growth...do something each day that you have been afraid to try.

Saying that you dread doing it is creating the dread. Instead of that just you are say that you are looking forward to mastering drilling out rivets because you know that gaining new skills brings joy and personal satisfaction to your life.

Drilling out rivets on a scale of 1 to 10 for a skill that is difficult to learn rates about .005. You can do this, just read a couple of the how to do it articles then put the right size drill bit in your drill motor and have at it.
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:17 AM   #7
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I agree with K C. on a trip, don't worry about what turn you need not miss, in a city 300 miles away, when your driving down your neighborhood street.
It's a simple skill, but as some do run into problems when drilling it out, some here will get you out of it.
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:42 AM   #8
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I have the skill I just didn't want to do it. Lol. It's done. I had already removed about 50 rivets from the interior and I didn't want to mess with rivets in the shell. I got two of them out and replaced them with screws,washers, and a beauty cap on outside and acorn inside and they look lovely. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:51 AM   #9
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On my "79" Boler13 that is what I had on the upper cabinet a cap bolt on the out side and an acorn nut inside. I did take them out and pu neopreme washers under the cap bolt and hasn't leaked in 10+ years.
Pat on the back to you.
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:54 AM   #10
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On my "79" Boler13 that is what I had on the upper cabinet a cap bolt on the out side and an acorn nut inside. I did take them out and pu neopreme washers under the cap bolt and hasn't leaked in 10+ years.
Pat on the back to you.
Always good to hear a happy ending


Thank you happy endings are the best thing! Now wish me luck for putting this bad boy all back together!!
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Old 04-18-2017, 07:32 PM   #11
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I found 1 sheared-off rivet in my sink one day. There were 3 others holding up my upper cabinet and I wasn't too worried. Planned to fix it over the winter.

My next trip I got where I was going and my upper cabinet was hanging, range hood and all, from the ceiling and no longer attached to the outer wall at all. Contents were everywhere.

The missing rivet meant too much weight put on the other 3, which then sheared off. Lesson I learned: Don't let anything go. Every single thing in these fiberglass campers is there for a reason.


Wow! Agreed! I fixed it
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