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Old 06-02-2012, 07:55 PM   #1
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Screw heads breaking off

I was cleaning my 2011 Excel travel trailer today and saw I have some screw heads that are broke off. I believe I read somewhere someone else had the same problem. Any Help is appreciated!

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Old 06-02-2012, 08:10 PM   #2
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I was just at the factory last week with my 2012 Wild Cargo. I too had a few heads broken off. They told me it is caused from over torquing and to fix it all you need to do is use a punch to move the imbedded screw out of the way then screw in a new screw, but add a little silicone caulking to the hole before u put the screw in. This process can be done once. If the second screw breaks off, simply seal the hole with caulking and drill a pilot hole near the original hole and insert screw in new hole. Hope this helps!

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Old 06-02-2012, 08:17 PM   #3
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What kind of screw did they use and size?
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:25 PM   #4
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Originally Posted by Donnyhosh View Post
What kind of screw did they use and size?
Probably whatever was at hand.

Remove one of the screws in the same area and take it to a hardware store and match it up. I would use stainless steel screws and replace all of the installed ones making sure that they were not over torqued.
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Old 06-02-2012, 08:25 PM   #5
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Factory says over torquing, reality is probably due to rusting. Replace them as suggested above, but with stainless screws.
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Old 06-02-2012, 09:12 PM   #6
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Over torquing into wood?.....hmmmmm, Mine that broke off were rusted from water intiftration. remove, seal with silicone and replace with stainless or coated screws. I'm also considering a strip of Eternabond tape alone the line of screws. Anyone done this?

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