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Old 01-07-2023, 07:55 AM   #1
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Repairs from vibration

I am admittedly not a DIY guy. But we bought a TT so that we could take our dogs with us on outings. We took a long trip to FL. After getting the rig back home, we found that drawers had broken because of the vibration but more importantly our steps had broken. Looks like all of the screws holding the plate down had worked their way out. Everywhere I look for stair repair they talk about automatic MH stairs. Is there a good YouTube channel for guys that are more at home with computers then with a screwdriver?
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If you are uncomfortable with nuts and bolts and screws you might want to consider tenting. Or renting. An RV'er without deep pockets is going to get his hands dirty. Good luck!
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Old 01-07-2023, 08:34 AM   #3
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What make and model TT do you have? Age?

Where are you located? I’ve found these loose items fairly easy to fix. Perhaps someone nearby could give you some pointers.

I’ve lost count of the number of screws that have fallen out and things that have come loose. We also have a small box of “mystery screen” that never found a home to return to. The good news is - once fixed properly they should stay that way.
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Old 01-07-2023, 01:42 PM   #4
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Screws into wood, re-tighten. If they wont get tight, glue in a wooden tooth pick or two. For sheet metal screws (pointy with a coarse thread) re-tighten. If they wont get tight, use the next size up screw. Use stainless screws whenever you can. For bolts and screws that thread into a nut or similar, re-install or replace them. Use blue locktite (stops things from shaking loose) or get nuts with locking elements. Locktite is easier. Again use stainless steel if you can. There are lots of YouTube videos on repairing just about anything on an RV. I just searched for "Replace travel trailer steps" and found several videos. I am sure one will installation. Your repair would effectively be a partial install.
Good luck. Don't be afraid to attack anything inside the RV. If are not mechanically inclined leave the safety items (brakes, wheel bearings, electrical) to a professional. Search for a mobile RV repair person in your area.
Okay one last thing. The RV industry likes to use these stupid square drive screws (instead of Philips or slotted). I think they do this because they don't strip as easy with their pneumatic tools. You can buy something that will work on them at any hardware store. Most of the time you are going to get a kit that has 25 different screw driver tips.
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The first thing I would do is have all your wheels balanced.
Second is build a small tool box with screw drivers, wrenches pliers, tape, glue etc. You will build on this as you go.
If you're not a plumber, electrician, carpenter, mechanic now, you soon will be.
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Listen to Tomahawk - I also use plastic anchors when I can. Often times I cut the anchor to fit.

You need to learn to use a screwdriver, pliers, locktite, plastic anchors to hold screws and various other tools.

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For stripped metal if you can't use a larger screw, cut a piece of romex (with or without the insulation) and stick in the hole as a filler and screw it back down.
I usually carry a few feet of 12ga for that purpose.
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