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Old 09-16-2013, 09:24 PM   #1
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What is this bolt

Sorry no picture, but I'll try to describe it as best as possible. Our 2005 Dolphin has a long bolt that goes through the main entry door from the left side to the right side. The bolt is about 30" long, or however wide the door is. The bolt is within the outer and inner walls of the door and has a recessed nut on each end that sits flush with the flat surfaces on the ends of the doors. It's as though it keeps the sides of the door compressed. One of the nuts came off and isn't to be found. It's protected from falling out when the doors are closed because the door frame covers it on both sides. Hope my description is clear.

I went to our local RV repair shop/parts store and neither the counter man or the mechanic in the garage had any idea what it was. We even looked at another National motorhome in the lot. It didn't have one. It doesn't look like something that was retrofitted because the ends of the door where the nuts sit is recessed slightly as if done by a machine during the manufacturing process, so the nut heads don't protrude and interfere with the doors opening or closing.

I think I might be able to find one somewhere on the web with a google search, but so far no luck at all.

Anyone have any ideas what the bolt is called or where I can find the missing nut. Thanks!
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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Have you tried Cal-Ranch store?
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:31 PM   #3
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Have you tried Cal-Ranch store?
I have not. There's not one very close.
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One of the nuts is what's missing.
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That's a "T"ee nut that usually goes with a flat-head screw (the screw&bolt equivalent of a rivet). Try an Ace hardware store. Also good closeup images ans accurate dimensions will help getting the correct part.

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Old 09-18-2013, 06:35 AM   #6
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That's a "T"ee nut that usually goes with a flat-head screw (the screw&bolt equivalent of a rivet). Try an Ace hardware store. Also good closeup images ans accurate dimensions will help getting the correct part.

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Could be, but all the Tee nuts I see searching the web, have a hole all the way through. This has a closed end with cross slots in the end for a phillips screwdriver.
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Try here: https://www.boltdepot.com/Sex_bolts.aspx

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Look here McMaster-Carr for a substitute.

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I'd take the other side off to size it, then Loctite both bolts upon replacement.
I was thinking - maybe a previous owner added it to hold a carpet down and it's not needed?
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WHAT does this thing do? Hold door together?
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Had'ta go look, yeah I got that bolt in the door of my Sea Breeze LX. Best I can tell, it may be extra support for the lock/latch system. Mine was backed out about 1/8 inch. Used an Allen wrench in each end to tighten it. The SEX nuts look like the best chance to replace it if they have one with a matching thread. And hey, with a name like that how wrong could they be.

Other National RV owners may want to check their doors. Don't know if this system is used by other Mfrs, but easy to check.

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The "Bolt" is properly called a threaded rod

The NUT, looks like a ledger bolt.

This is not something you will likely find at a dealer or your local ACE/ACO hardware or Home improvement store.

If you find a "Fasteners" store.. The kind of store where they always have a few (hundred Thousand) screws loose.. Odds are they can fix you up promptly.
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I'd take the other side off to size it, then Loctite both bolts upon replacement.
I was thinking - maybe a previous owner added it to hold a carpet down and it's not needed?
Wouldn't have anything to do with carpet. The bolt is midway between the top and bottom of the door. Loctite is a good idea though. Thanks.
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WHAT does this thing do? Hold door together?
I'm guessing that it's additional support to hold door together. Maybe to do with keeping the door locking mechanism properly aligned.
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