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Old 03-22-2023, 07:36 PM   #1
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1997 16' Fleetwood Wilderness Awning

I have the above listed trailer that I recently purchased in not great shape. The awning was mildewed, torn, and falling off the side of the trailer. Worse, the roof was completely shot. We took off the awning, and then tore the roof off all the way to the frame, resheeted it with plywood, and put a new membrane over the top. Along the way, we did replace some of the frame which had some water damage.

But what I forgot to do was reinforce the frame pieces along the side where the awning needs to attach to. (I know, I messed up.). To reattach the awning there are two pairs of long wood screws that need to be screws into the frame. I know I cannot just put the same sized screws (actually, lag bolts) into the same holes they came out of.

I see three options that do not require me to tear open the roof I just finished:

1) Skip the awning. (not my favorite idea)

2) Try larger lag bolts.

3) (and this is the one I want some advice about) Inject the old holes with some epoxy or resin to create a stronger anchor for the lag bolts.

Any feedback? Any other ideas that might work??

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Old 03-22-2023, 07:42 PM   #2
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1. Move the awning over 4" and drill new holes (so long as you can also move the pole mounts over); or

2. Inject the old holes with Durham's Water Putty and redrill.

(I've had good luck with #2 above in many situations.)

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