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Old 08-27-2011, 06:45 AM   #1
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The left front panel on our 2000 38 ft fdds is scattered along a highway in Eastern Colorado. Please don't laugh! I know it is unlikely, but does anyone know where I can find a replacement or a place where it can be fabricated?


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Old 08-27-2011, 07:27 AM   #2
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The left front panel on our 2000 38 ft fdds is scattered along a highway in Eastern Colorado. Please don't laugh! I know it is unlikely, but does anyone know where I can find a replacement or a place where it can be fabricated? Thanks!
Blowout? I assume you are talking about the fiberglass panel around the wheel well? Unless WRV used another supplier in 2000, these folks built the fiberglass panels and should still have the molds to build you one. I had a blowout on the right side and was able to get the part. If that panel is the same as my 2006 40' FDQS, they may have one already made in stock because they built the left panel by mistake and we shipped it back.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:30 AM   #3
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Basil, thanks for the info.

The panal is the big one in front of the left wheel well. I will contact them Monday.
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Once you get a replacement panel for the left in front of the wheel, I strongly suggest that you provide some type of re-enforcement for the forward part of the attachment.

On my previous 2001 Alpine, that forward attachment was by rivets alone. Once a rivet vibrated a bit loose, then high speed air got behind the panel and ripped it off while traveling 65 mph. When the body shop installed the replacement panel, they also installed an L-bracket at the forward attachment point that the panel was bolted to, so that it would never again tear loose. Unless you got very close and looked under the wheel well, you could not see the bolts or the added L-bracket.
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:10 PM   #5
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If they cast a new panel, be sure to ask for a 1.5x1.5x.125 angle reinforcer parrallel to the bottom edge and about 6" above the bottom. I've been under a lot of Alpines that don't have that reinforcing, tho the majority do. The casting outfit casts the vertical leg of the angle into the fiberglass build-up. Off the fore & aft ends, the installer takes a short metal strut & bolts it to the forward (visible behind the gen cap) & rearward (just ahead of the DS tire) metal bulkheads. Your forward bulkhead may be too short for the 6" distance, so the nagle might be better higher, or angled (6" at the back, maybe 10" at the front?) to provide the best strength given support options.

A lot of these panels are loose after many road miles & vibration of the aluminum rivets WRV used to attach the body panel at the front edge. 3/16" Steel rivets would be better, with a backer washer behind the fiberglass to spread the load. Or at least use double the number of aluminum rivets. 3 ain't enough.
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Old 08-27-2011, 11:44 PM   #6
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Yep, mine came loose and I reattached the leading edge with flat-headed bolts. Poor design.

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