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Old 06-12-2011, 11:06 AM   #1
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Loose Dinette Table

We have a 09 Cougar 292RK. The dinette table keeps getting loose. The screws are pulling out of the floor. The table is in the slide,so I dont know if I can go with any longer screws. I dont want to go through the floor and get the slide hung up. The screws now come out of the table legs 1/2". Any Ideas would be appreciated. Thanks

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Old 06-12-2011, 01:12 PM   #2
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You are right, you need to be extremely careful before using longer screws. The maximum length of the screw below the bottom of the table base is 3/4 inch given the floor thickness and carpet thickness. Otherwise it will go thru the waterproof cover and also damage the seal and possibly the main floor when the slide is retracted.

You do need to check the integrity of the floor. Water leaks at the bottom of the side wall can soften the slideout floor and let the screws pull loose.

You can try adding more screws than just the two that is typically used. This would require drilling other countersink holes in the base. If you are strapping the chairs to the table, the extra mass of the chairs may be working the screws loose while on the road. If so, you might add some D-rings to the floor and strap them independant of the table. As a last resort, you could use bolts completely thru the floor with the head down, these would need to have an extremely flat head (there are some carriage bolts with a flat head but they require a square hole). This would need to be caulked as well.

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If you were to make a nice larger base of oak and rotor ed and finsihed with several holes you could then attack the existing legs to the new base, it would be maybe 1/2 to 3/4 taller though. ED
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Old 06-12-2011, 01:25 PM   #4
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Drill out screwholes with 3/8 bit, being careful not to go through. Glue in piece of 3/8 dowel. Drilling will also let you see condition of floor. After dries reset screws. Maybe going to the next size.
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Old 06-12-2011, 08:29 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help

Thanks for all the replys. I moved the table about 1" counter sunk the holes in the table legs a little and put the screws back in and everything is like new. ( maybe even better ? ) Thanks again.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:31 PM   #6
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I know I'm too late with this but here goes anyway. I had that same issue with our last RV and used Well-nuts
to repair the screw holes. I had to buy some shorter screws (measured twice) to install the well-nuts to keep from puncturing the bottom of the slide floor, then used longer screws to fasten the dinette to the floor.
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Another option should you have further problems would be to get threaded brass inserts like these (hardware stores should have much smaller quantities). These look like short, thick, brass tubes with a coarse wood thread on the outside and a machine screw thread on the inside. If the inserts are coated with a good adhesive like epoxy before installing, they will never loosen up.

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