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Old 08-25-2013, 10:43 PM   #1
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Repaired my lower awning mounts .... For Good !

My lower mounts were pulling out. I have seen this before on other RV's.

The method of using small tapper or wood screws just doesnt seem proper to me.

After trying a larger lag screw with no luck, I knew steel was the answer !

What I did was slip a 1/4" plate under the skin (width of the mount 3 1/2" by 5") The bottom 2" of plate hangs below the bottom of trailer, allowing me to weld brace directly to frame.

Drill thru existing holes in skin, and tap to 5/16" thread size.

With some grade 8 fasteners, you can really crank down on it now !!
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I will take more pictures soon to show underside.

1/8" plate would probably do it, but im all about overkill !
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Lookin good John. I'm trying to figure out what a tapper is
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Lookin good John. I'm trying to figure out what a tapper is


"self tapping screw" .... we call them tappers

They used a sheetmetal screw in to wood ....

My method will be last untill the rest of the trailer rots ....

Next up will be some exterior speakers ....
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I'm all about thicker metal too.
Was this from rot? And did you put putty behind that mount?
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They used a sheetmetal screw in to wood ....
Not unusual either!

In our Dutch Star they used self drilling/tapping screws to hold the bedroom engine access hatch down. After a few times of in and out one of them stripped out so I did the bigger machine bolt fix.
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It wasnt from rot .... just too small/incorrect fastener.

I didn't have any putty on me, but I will go back and reseal.

I was thinking about some clean lines around the outside edges?
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