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Old 11-17-2019, 04:51 PM   #1
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Damaged awning - how to replace stripped screws

Backing into my covered storage unit today, I knew I was clear of the side of the unit, but my mirror didn't show up to the top of the awning and it just barely caught the pole. So the bracket that holds the awning to the RV got pulled off at the bottom and the lower 2 screws stripped out of the side of the RV.

Also the bracket is very slightly bent out at the bottom now. I looked and the arm comes as an entire assembly and costs over $500, so it's not worth that. I'll probably try to pull it off and bend it back in at the bottom, but what do I do about the screws that stripped out? What are they attached to inside the wall? Wood? Should I fill the hole with epoxy and pre-drill a hole for the fasteners?

The unit is a 2016 Solaire 267BHSE built by Palomino (Forest River). Appreciate any help you can provide.

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Old 11-17-2019, 05:08 PM   #2
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Fill the holes with a wood dowel and epoxy.

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Old 11-17-2019, 05:10 PM   #3
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Glue/epoxy with tooth picks or dowel will work just fine.
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Old 11-17-2019, 05:12 PM   #4
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Makes sense - thank you so much!

Any thoughts on how to remove the back end of the unit temporarily to bend the arm back?

It's a Carefree Travel'r awning.
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Old 11-17-2019, 11:47 PM   #5
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I would also apply clear silicone caulking the entire length of the back of the mounting pole and when you put it back onto the trailer that will help take most of the stress off the screws and assist in holding the pole to the trailer sides. One single bead of caulk up the middle will do the job.
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Old 11-18-2019, 05:07 AM   #6
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Trying to straighten it will not be easy. If it will be functional bent a little I would not bother trying to straighten it. I had an awning bracket that was off by maybe 3/4". I only worried about it when traveling. I would use an 8' step ladder than push it with my hand. Lucky It had enough give to close correctly if I pushed it back in place as it closed the last 3 feet. The DW would close the awning and stop right before it closed. I would they push from the side to get it to close correctly. Only one arm was off as the other arm folded correctly.
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Old 11-18-2019, 03:51 PM   #7
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Thanks for the suggestions.

The gap is 1/8"-3/16" at the bottom. I'll probably do my best to try to pull it up a little but I guess I won't sweat it too much if I can't get it set straight.

I'm still unsure of how I will support the arm assembly and main trunk of the unit while I'm straightening the bracket, but I guess I'll jerry-rig something and give it the old college try.
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Old 12-09-2019, 02:23 AM   #8
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etrailer.com has quite a few awning parts. If you don't see what you need, call them. Good folks.
Their prices are pretty close to Amazon, sometimes a little over or under. I think they will match prices?
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Agree with everyone's comments. eTrailer is a great resource and their parts work and fit as advertised. Not so much always for Amazon!
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Replace with a larger screw and the e poxy. Use clear Geocel not silicone.

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