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Old 04-08-2012, 11:33 AM   #1
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Awning Pole has become loose on exterior of 5th Wheel

My 5th wheel Awning base support became loose at the factory attachment point on the exterior of my rig.

Fleetwood used 2" bolts from the exterior base plate to bite into the sub floor of the 5th wheel to firmly attach the base plate of the support pole when the rig was built.

Over the years due to improper seal, water slowly crept into the bolted area and rotted the sub floor in this area. When I say rotted the sub floor I am not saying the entire floor, just where the two bolt holes grab the sub floor. The rest of the floor is solid and intact.

I have two idea's on how to fix this and I would like the forum's opinion on which repair sounds more stable:

Option 1: Just buy longer bolts to bite deeper into the sub floor past the the area that is water damaged. I could buy really long bolts and use a rachet to get them deep into new subfloor.


Option 2: Raise the base plate up 2 inches or so and make another plate on the inside of the 5th wheel run two bolts from inside back to the base plate of the awning pole and re-attach that way.

I would have to lower the stop bolt in the pole leg to raise the base plate which is not an issue. See pictures with red arrows.

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Which method do you all think would be the better option?

Or if you have another suggestion I am all ears....

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Old 04-08-2012, 11:58 AM   #2
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I have repaired motorhomes several times using the through the wall method. I used bolts with acorn nuts. I also made a small metal plate for the inside to keep from pulling the nuts into the wall. Paint the plate and nuts to match the wall covering and it hardly shows.

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Old 04-08-2012, 12:07 PM   #3
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Good Deal ga traveler: Glad to know another member has done a similar repair the same way with results.

Good tip on concealing the interior plate !!!! Thanks !
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You can drill the rot out (if it is not to extensive) and epoxy wood dowels in the drilled hole and redril for the lag screws and then seal properly.
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Good point. Do you think liquid nails would work with the wood dowels, let that cure and then re-lag the support base?

I could tap in a 2 inch wood dowel?
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I have used the wood dowels on commercial wood doors. Either a good wood glue, or a poly like Gorilla glue. The poly may be butter if you think there is some moisture as some moisture helps it cure.
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Great ! Thank you.

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