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Offline Danny

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Aluminum thickness...
« on: April 06, 2006, 08:21:01 PM »
Question:  What does the group say regarding the thickness of aluminum skin that replaces or covers the windows on an MCI 102?

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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2006, 08:40:53 PM »
Danny,

At least 080 or 16ga how ever you know how to read thickness.

I have .080 alum. on my bus. I now wish I used Steel because of the expantion and contraction of alum.

My next reskinning will be 22ga. cold rolled steel!!

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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2006, 08:44:35 PM »
Thanks Nick - I am going to talk to a guy this weekend about placing an order...

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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2006, 08:59:41 AM »
Danny,

Isn't there an issue/consideration of attaching aluminum to steel framework?  The entire top of the 102 is steel to start with, right? 

I read a post long ago where the Nut used steel and heated it from inside the coach during install with lots of heat lamps.  Kept it hot til all the rivets were installed.  He said it only got wavy in Pheonix in the summer.  Just what I heard.

Thank you for your post.

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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2006, 09:34:58 AM »
I used 16 gage steel on the Eagle. It never looks wavey.

When dissimilar metals meet, corrosion and electrolysis happen. If it must be done, use something to insulate them from each other.
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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2006, 04:31:57 PM »
Thanks for the comments guys!  I placed an order today with .080... ;D
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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #6 on: Today at 04:34:48 AM »
Thanks for the comments guys!  I placed an order today with .080... ;D

Danny,

What kind of rivets did you use when mounting the steel? I have actually planned on going with aluminum skin until I saw this.
How did it turn out? If you have any pictures of the install that would be awesome.

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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #7 on: Today at 05:35:13 AM »
I cannot recall the thickness on the lower section, though it could be a usefull number.
Looks like mci put a layer of seal tape between almost everything.


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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #8 on: Today at 12:41:54 PM »
I covered two windows on each side with 0.080" 6061-T6 sheets attached with 3M 5200 marine adhesive.   Each piece is about 6 feet long, and neither has rippled at all in the sun.   One reason I chose 5200 adhesive is to keep a smooth rivet-less look (kinda silly when there's millions of rivets everywhere else!) and to also permit some slight movement because the adhesive remains flexible even after it has cured.   So far, so good.

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Re: Aluminum thickness...
« Reply #9 on: Today at 01:12:00 PM »
I covered two windows on each side with 0.080" 6061-T6 sheets attached with 3M 5200 marine adhesive.   Each piece is about 6 feet long, and neither has rippled at all in the sun.   One reason I chose 5200 adhesive is to keep a smooth rivet-less look (kinda silly when there's millions of rivets everywhere else!) and to also permit some slight movement because the adhesive remains flexible even after it has cured.   So far, so good.

John

John,

Is it only attached via the adhesive or are there connections at the window and edges? I'm just not sure I would trust only gluing it on the side without any type of fasteners
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