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Old 06-07-2014, 02:21 AM   #1
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Under Belly

Has anyone removed the under belly of there unit. There are some rivets that I need to remove.( Water leaks when I fill fresh water tanks )
How did you remove the Rivets?
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:30 AM   #2
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Has anyone removed the under belly of there unit. There are some rivets that I need to remove.( Water leaks when I fill fresh water tanks )
How did you remove the Rivets?
I am posting two pictures that show the rivets.
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They are a pita....we had to use a crowbar to pry in between the barrier and frame. I'm sure you could us a die grinder... there's no simple way. Maybe someone else has some ideas. As far as the leak, it probably a loose hose clamp on the fill hose. Hopefully that simple..
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Old 06-07-2014, 02:35 AM   #3
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They are a pita....we had to use a crowbar to pry in between the barrier and frame. I'm sure you could us a die grinder... there's no simple way. Maybe someone else has some ideas. As far as the leak, it probably a loose hose clamp on the fill hose. Hopefully that simple..
That's what I am hoping ( lose clamp)
Did you replace rivets or install screws?
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I used screws. Also be careful, there is a foil barrier between the under belly material and frame. Good luck.
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Has anyone removed the under belly of there unit. There are some rivets that I need to remove.( Water leaks when I fill fresh water tanks )
How did you remove the Rivets?
I am posting two pictures that show the rivets.
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Havent tried removing one yet, but i was planning to drill them out and replace with screw.
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Havent tried removing one yet, but i was planning to drill them out and replace with screw.
Drilling them out! Let us know how that goes. Those appear to be shot through the frame. I'd like to see the tool they used to do that.. maybe theres a removal tool, I like to see that too. These aren't your typical pop rivets as you shall soon discover. Goog luck... take pictures we ALL LOVE pictures
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Drilling rivets is the easy way for removal, however, these are a little different. Even centered punched it would be difficult to be on one's back trying to keep the drill centered.

I'd simply grind the heads off the rivets. Less chance of poking holes in the material and knuckles.
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Turns out dutchman is now using hardened nails to attach underbelly material to frame. According to tech at Windish they either grind the head off or use a sawsall and reinstall with self taper in a new location? I should be validating this in next 2-3 weeks when i drop the underbelly to inspect and insulate.
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Thank you every one for your input.
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ID:	1178I got after the leak. I found lose clamps on fill lines. The rivets are nails that look like they were put in with a powder actuated nail, to remove them I used a air hammer with chisel end. Like prior post said I am going to use self tapping screws. Here are some pictures of the leaks.
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