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Old 11-04-2017, 05:53 PM   #1
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Outlaw 37LS rear awning

The rear awning above the ramp door is pulling loose and all of the holes for the bolts are stripped. Anyone have this problem and have a fix for this?
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Always wondered how TMC mounted that awning bracket

That bit of the rear garage wall (above the garage door frame) is basically the same construction as the walls...laminate of tack welded aluminum beam with insulation, and AGS plate under the fiberglass.

I would remove the current mount screws and install "blind-nuts" (AKA nutserts or rivetnuts) in the wall with matching bolts and reinstall.



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I think it was a metal panel with wood behind it. I think it was just screwed into the wood. The only thing holding it on are the bottom bolts, as all of the upper ones have stripped out. Moving the upper to new holes seems like it would just happen again, and I can't get to the back side of the bolts as they don't go through to the interior.

Seems like a poor design. Was looking for a way to fix without having to take the whole thing down, as it weighs a ton.
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To fix it without major mods...you could just add more screws across the whole bracket...and fill the current holes with epoxy for reinforcement.
Just support the awning and bracket, predrill and add screws. But, like you said, it could just happen again.

Another idea could be to copy the repair used by many of us for the frontquarterpanel-itis.
Drill all the way through the wall at each screw hole and use nuts/bolts to replace the screws. The longer and stronger bolts would carry the side-loads better than screws.
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Be careful not to crush the laminated wall (lots more force can be applied with a nut and bolt) and be sure to waterproof the new fasteners regardless of what you pick.

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Well, I finally got a chance to fix the rear awning and I really think this will hold. Thanks for the advice on drilling through.
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That's an awesome fix

I'm gonna link to this in the Outlaw Mods and Fixes thread
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