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Old 05-03-2014, 08:20 PM   #1
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Suggestions please

So on my doors in the TT there is a few T-Style door holder that can hold the door opens. There is 4 sheet metal screws the hold them to the side of the trailer. Because they only go into the side of the trailer and there nothing behind the sheet metal to hold them they will work loose. They had silicon which was installed at the factory but it too worked loosed.

I was considering put them back in again with a better coat of silicon or the putty they use seeing if that holds.

Any ideas.

While I am at I replacing the plastic T-Style holders with JR products with metal ones. But the rear bathroom external door has 90 angle one because of the awning. But not able to find a metal one... Any suggestions?
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Can you access the back of the "female" part that's attached to the camper? Maybe from underneath? If it's not catching anything other than sheetmetal, maybe you can put a piece of wood back there and have a longer screw catch it and really anchor it well.
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Old 05-03-2014, 09:47 PM   #3
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There may or may not be something back there. A couple of things you could try...
1. Go to the next larger size screw. Mix up some 2 part epoxy, dip the screws in the epoxy and install, use a hand screw driver not a drill type and tighten snug. Wait 12 hrs before use.
2. Install some expanding screw anchors and then install screws....
That's about all I can think of short of dismantling the wall behind it to see whats there. TDI is correct if you can easily access it.Those ideas are inexpensive and worth a try...Good luck!
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Do you have enough room that you could use a pop rivet to attach it?
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I don't have access behind the sheet metal. The epoxy is one of the ideas that I thought but was worried about service ability in the future. I service large computers so my mind is always thinking about future serviceability issues.

I was thinking on the rivets or the Nylon nuts much like they use in license plate holders.
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I would suggest a mollyrivit. They look like a pop rivit but have three "arms" that spread like a Molly bolt. Most rv owners manuals recommend them for installing stuff to a composit wall. They will work great for an aluminum sided rig also. I got a box of 100 from amazon.
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Stink is exactly right on. That's what we do when screws no longer hold.
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There a also rivet nuts, just like a pop rivet with threads in it.
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The molyrivits and nut rivets are new to me but both look extremely useful around the RV, Learned something new....Thanks folks!
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Metal right angle http://www.rvadenver.com/latches_and_fasteners.htm
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