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Old 10-25-2020, 08:27 AM   #1
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Hood falls Off??

Have 2004 Pace Arrow 37C and earlier this year the hood latch failed, but just used the lock instead. Last week went to open hood and one side just let go
Upon removing it the tiny screws had rusted and broke, but discovered the
brackets of the entire piece are just epoxied to the fiberglass piece. Anyone else had this issue??
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Have 2004 Pace Arrow 37C and earlier this year the hood latch failed, but just used the lock instead. Last week went to open hood and one side just let go
Upon removing it the tiny screws had rusted and broke, but discovered the
brackets of the entire piece are just epoxied to the fiberglass piece. Anyone else had this issue??
We were a Fleetwood dealer. This is quite common. It also happened on my personal 1998 pace arrow. I believe it is caused by dust and sawdust at the plant. (The epoxy sticks to the dust and not the part) Buy the best and strongest epoxy you can find. Clean both surfaces well. Use a lot of epoxy and overlap the parts. I did mine ten years ago and it is still holding.
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Any suggestions to best name brand epoxy? Assuming a 2 part epoxy.
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We were a Fleetwood dealer. This is quite common. It also happened on my personal 1998 pace arrow. I believe it is caused by dust and sawdust at the plant. (The epoxy sticks to the dust and not the part) Buy the best and strongest epoxy you can find. Clean both surfaces well. Use a lot of epoxy and overlap the parts. I did mine ten years ago and it is still holding.
So regarding this the bracket came off of the epoxy. Epoxy still attached to fiberglass. I fear if I remove the epoxy I want be able to align the bracket in the exact place or at the exact angle to screw back on the frame of RV??
Any suggestions ?

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So regarding this the bracket came off of the epoxy. Epoxy still attached to fiberglass. I fear if I remove the epoxy I want be able to align the bracket in the exact place or at the exact angle to screw back on the frame of RV??
Any suggestions ?

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Take a cutting wheel and cut the edges off the old epoxy. Put the hinges into the old epoxy and cover the edges completely with the new epoxy. I would rough up the old hinge with coarse to help it stick.
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An important thing to do is drill some holes in the metal brackets so the epoxy can ooze out through the holes and mushroom out, so the epoxy doesn't just have to "'stick" to the brackets.
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An important thing to do is drill some holes in the metal brackets so the epoxy can ooze out through the holes and mushroom out, so the epoxy doesn't just have to "'stick" to the brackets.
Alana. If you check the picture carefully, you will see there are already ten holes in the hinge. That is why I suggested bringing the epoxy around the brackets and folding over the ends.
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Drill them out, make them bigger, they look pretty small. Also grind the back surface with a coarse wheel making a rough surface for the epoxy to better attach to.
Some epoxy over the edges will help too.
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We were a Fleetwood dealer. This is quite common. It also happened on my personal 1998 pace arrow. I believe it is caused by dust and sawdust at the plant. (The epoxy sticks to the dust and not the part) Buy the best and strongest epoxy you can find. Clean both surfaces well. Use a lot of epoxy and overlap the parts. I did mine ten years ago and it is still holding.
So I have all clean and epoxy is set and ready for install.

Question: It will be quite a bit easier to re-install the hood piece if I can remove one of the windshield wipers that needs adjusting anyway as it rubs the bottom windshield gasket and a bit of the windshield itself. In working with Fleetwood, would you have any info as to how to remove the wiper??

Or has anyone had to remove a wiper on a 2004 Pace Arrow 37C,
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So I have all clean and epoxy is set and ready for install.

Question: It will be quite a bit easier to re-install the hood piece if I can remove one of the windshield wipers that needs adjusting anyway as it rubs the bottom windshield gasket and a bit of the windshield itself. In working with Fleetwood, would you have any info as to how to remove the wiper??

Or has anyone had to remove a wiper on a 2004 Pace Arrow 37C,
Thanks, Neicy
It is easy to remove the wiper. At the base of the wiper arm is a plastic cover. Pop it off. There will be nut holding the wiper arm on. Remove the nut. Take a screw driver and pop the arm off. There will be a serrated, cone shaped adapter. It may stay in the arm or it might stay on the shaft. If it stays in the wiper arm, you will need to drive it out of the arm. When you reinstall the arm, you adjust the arm on the shaft so that it is in the correct park position.
When you epoxy the brackets back on, it would be a good idea to purchase some fiberglass cloth and and use that to overlap the brackets about a inch and a half. Mix up some epoxy. Put it on the bracket. Install the bracket. Mix another batch and cover the bracket and over lap a inch and a half. Press the fiberglass cloth into the epoxy. Let it dry. Mix another batch of epoxy and install over the fiberglass cloth.
I have done this on several hoods and never had one single failure.
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