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Old 09-19-2016, 04:58 PM   #1
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Screws pulling on awning

I'm having trouble with screws pulling out on my Avalanche on the awning and on the ladder. Thinking about using wall anchors. We have a bike rack on the ladder and i worry about the wall pulling a way from the studs. Does anyone know if this is a problem?

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Old 09-20-2016, 04:50 PM   #2
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Don't know about the awning, could you put some epoxy in the holes before you re-install and tighten the screws? I'm thinking they might be "wallered out" causing them to work loose, and get continually worse. As far as the ladder, personally I wouldn't hang anything of weight on it to transport down the road, just too much bounce, shake, etc. especially when you hang a bike rack and multiply the force by leverage.

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Old 09-20-2016, 05:05 PM   #3
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Many people use the ladder to hold bikes, but I wouldn't do it. The ladder is way to flimsy.

I also wouild not use the bumper as it is also not strong enough. Save yourself some heartache and get a 2" receiver installed so you can use a real bike rack. JMO

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Old 09-20-2016, 05:26 PM   #4
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It could be like our 5th wheel. A mistake was made in production and the awning bracket missed the wood stud. This was for our awning arm. We had to mount the bracket through the wall into a piece of decorative wood. We were pretty upset at the time but we have gotten used to the board being there and the awning now works as it is supposed to.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:03 PM   #5
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As far as the awning, I read on another thread here, (and ours is the same) there is no limit switch when the awning is closed... Don't hold the switch any more than needed... It will pull the screws out of the wall....
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Old 09-23-2016, 07:50 AM   #6
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I replaced all of the screws in my main awning and slide awnings from #10 to #12 stainless steel pan head machine screws. Of course I redrilled to prevent cracking the fiberglass. I also added more screws in between the old. When removing the old screws I found more than half had heavily rusted thread. So I removed the mounting track, cleaned off all the old butyl tape and applied a bead of 3M 5200 marine polyurethane adhesive. It will never leak, the screw threads are sealed and it will NEVER come loose. Granted, you will probably never be able to remove the track, but a replacement awning will just slide into the old track.

The real issue is you probably have water seeping into the wall of your trailer from loose screws. I had a lot if rusted screws in the wall that were still tightly fastened. That's internal damage you may never see till it's too late.
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Old 09-24-2016, 03:42 PM   #7
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I added additional #12 stainless steel screws between the original holes. Note also the drip rail screws were replaced with stainless and the roof edge covered with 4" Eternabond tape
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