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Old 05-28-2022, 04:40 PM
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Default RV-10 Cabin Cover Fitting Question

Today I began trimming the cabin cover to fit on the fuselage. After trimming to the scribe lines, the dimension between the edges of the door pillars is 37-7/16", approximately.

The dimension between the aluminum frames forward and aft of the doors is approximately 37". Looking at the cabin cover, in order to cut it to 37", it would require cutting almost the entirety of the straight/flat vertical fiberglass parts of the door frames out and leaving only the curved parts. This would take out a significant portion of the reinforced areas where the door latch pins will go.

This doesn't seem to be right. Can anyone compare their experiences with mine?
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Old 05-28-2022, 05:04 PM
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The door latch pins must penetrate thru the fiberglass AND thru the aluminum frame. They rely on the aluminum frame for strength. So yes, the fiberglass can be thin in that area.
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Old 05-28-2022, 05:06 PM
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Yes - the sides to get thin.

Keep in mind the pins go through the side fiberglass and into the aluminum.

Side note - I use the billet door pins from: https://iflyrv10.com/index.html

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It would have worked much better if the cabin top door opening was 3/8Ē narrower. The it would have been able to follow the instructions to get the desired result without removing so much of the door jambÖ
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Old 05-28-2022, 05:34 PM
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I canít imagine that you have the dimensions correct. Have you actually tried to make it fit in the frame? Here is the best photo I can find of mine
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Old 05-28-2022, 05:54 PM
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I canít imagine that you have the dimensions correct. Have you actually tried to make it fit in the frame? Here is the best photo I can find of mine

Bill, yes I am pretty sure the measurements are correct. I did try to fit it and there's no way it will slide into place without significantly more trimming.

Do you think maybe Van's has changed the way they make the cover? Mine was manufactured in 2017 or 2018.
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Old 05-28-2022, 06:01 PM
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There will not be a lot of material left when you get done with the trimming, but as you can see, there is still a substantial amount. Here is another photo the depth of the countersink is basically the thickness of the fiberglass
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This is one area where the dimensions are advisory only. You'll need to take your time and slowly sand until it fits. My scribe line looked like my grandson drew it freehand. It was so bad I couldn't use it.

Instead I precisely measured each end of the bottom then clamped a metal ruler on each corner. Then I used an orbital sander to sand up to the ruler. This made a perfectly straight line.
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The door latch pins must penetrate thru the fiberglass AND thru the aluminum frame. They rely on the aluminum frame for strength. So yes, the fiberglass can be thin in that area.
The pin is also held by the thick nylon piece that uses screws into the aluminum frame. The F/G in that area is really doing very little to hold the door pins in place.

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Old 05-29-2022, 07:05 AM
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Yep like others have said you take a lot of material off the cabin top sides to allow it to fit into the fuselage. I think most of us had the same surprise when we did the fit trim. When I had everything ready to go to match the top and fuselage together, I mixed up some epoxy and coated the areas where they meet before setting. I partially set the bolts, but did not tighten them until the epoxy set up, then I finished torquing the mounting.
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