Post by sherwoodpfifer on Dec 5, 2011 18:02:06 GMT -5
Hey guys, I know this might be a total newby question, but is it completely necessary to have the breaks in the skin? Is there a purpose for this or is it simply asthetic/nostalgic?
The reason I ask is because if possible I'd like to replace my skin with a flat/smooth surface with no breaks. I have a 1971 Compact that will need several panels replaced.
Again, this is a complete newby (I've had my trailer for 3 days) talking here... is it beneficial to keep the skin with breaks? Am I using the term "breaks" correctly? I'm refering to the creases in the aluminum that run horizontal along the camper.
Post by sherwoodpfifer on Dec 5, 2011 19:57:14 GMT -5
I can certainly see why you would prefer the creases. It has much more of a nostalgic feeling to it. I'm just exploring options. I've only had it for a few days but I know sooner or later I'm going to need to replace some skin.
Post by universalexports on Dec 5, 2011 20:38:52 GMT -5
yes there is a reason, aluminum is super hard to keep smooth due to contraction and expansion in the heat, it is called "oil canning" I believe, it will get waves in it in hot weather if it is smooth, when I first got my camper I was also wanting to do the smooth skin, I researched it alot, you also have to be more precise with cutting the edges under the trim to allow for the shrinkage/expansion. also if you try to glue aluminum to wood it will not work due to it changing size it will pull loose.
however after having my camper almost a year the factory skin has definitely grew on me, and now I would rather have it the factory style.
The "breaks" are for strength. Take a piece of aluminum and it flops around like crazy, take that same piece and and put the breaks in it and you will notice it is much much stronger. I do paint and body for a living and do allot of metal fabrication. The "breaks" are very important in my opinion. Mike