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Old 05-31-2011, 12:59 PM   #1
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2004 Journey headlights

I have a 2004 Journey. There are four brackets that are glued to the front panel of the HM. Two of them each hold one end of the headlights, and two of them hold some kind of cable thingy. All four of them have come loose. The two that hold the cable things are just flopping in the breese. The headlights are held in one one end with pins, so the headlights won't fall out, but the two brackets are loose and allow the headlights to flop around and not shine on the road. Since all four of them came loose, I can't believe this only happened on my MH. Has any one else had this problem? Will Winnebago stand behind this six years later. It definitely is a manufacturing defect. Why woulld they glue (epoxy I guess) things so important as the lights to a fiberglass (Iguess) front panel?

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Old 05-31-2011, 03:28 PM   #2
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It gets worse, the rear access door to the oil and transmission fillers is also glued to it's frame...mine had come loose. The front access door to the generator is glued to it's steel frame and others have had that come loose. I think Winnebago learned that you cannot glue something to a glossy painted surface and expect it to hold.

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Old 05-31-2011, 04:00 PM   #3
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Had the same thing happen to one of the brackets on my front (gen access) panel on the inside (rough side, not painted.) Apparently not uncommon.

I followed recommendations from the forum to use Gorilla Glue, and is still holding 2 years later. Used a lot, lapping through slots in bracket. Others have done similar with other epoxy mixes. Yes, it's disappointing that Winnebago would just glue brackets on panels that need to handle the stress/torque of opening and closing to access engine and gen.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:50 PM   #4
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Yup same thing. I have re glued most of the metal to fiberglass joints. I used JB Weld and it has worked great. Winny had a chance and they blew it so I didn't need to have them take another shot. It is easy to re glue the joints and then re aim the headlights.
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