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Old 07-28-2013, 07:44 AM   #1
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Cheap Chinese Fasteners[maybe?]

Bought a trailer in February. A few weeks ago I noticed one stabilizer was hanging by one bolt. 3 are needed, but the heads broke off 2 self tapping screws. Hate to think what would have happened if the 3rd one broke while driving down the highway. Checked the other 3 and at least 1 head was broken off each stabilizer. Replaced all with rust proof nut , washers, and bolts. Decided to check rails that support the water tanks. Yep heads broken off at least 1 in each rail. Also noticed a ground wire had the head broken off. I replaced a total of 48 of those cheap self tapping screws, with good quality rust proof nuts and bolts.
Suggest you all get out, and get under. Check those fasteners. Cheap insurance.

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Old 07-28-2013, 08:21 AM   #2
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That is a production-related problem. The drill/driver is set at too high a release point and the screws twist off. And, yep, probably cheap screws.
I have a high-end fiver and there are some of the same twisted-off screws scattered around the trailer.
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