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Old 03-22-2005, 03:34 PM   #1
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Lower Awning support attachment

I just realized that the screws attaching the support arm bracket for my main awning were loose and pulling out. When I tried to tighten them I realized that there was no solid wood inside the skin for the screws to "bite" into. Water must have gotten into that area and rotted the wood.
This is on our 2000 3555 RL
My question is.... can I get access to that area from inside the unit in order to replace the rotted wood. I don't want to simply move the bracket since I would have visable holes to patch. Any advice would be appreciated.
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Old 03-22-2005, 04:36 PM   #2
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I've had those screws come loose also. I think they're screwed into aluminum and a nut driver works to tighten them. Also you might get some "star washers" and put on the screw before you screw it in.
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Old 03-23-2005, 12:46 AM   #3
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my old montana had the lower awning bracket screwed into just the metal. come to find out there wasn't anything behind it for support. there wasn't even any way to get to it without removing the whole piece. ...each one is different though. if you have room to get behind it then try placing a block of wood there and re-attach. if not maybe bigger bolts and washers. I had to replace the whole metal piece due to the damage.
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Old 03-23-2005, 04:24 AM   #4
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Not sure if you can reach the inside but if you can I would use bolts instead of screws. Put the bolt thru the bracket and the wall, on the inside use a fender washer (large flat washer), lock washer and nut. You may have to enlarge the hole with a drill to accommodate the bolt but that way it should last forever.
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Old 03-23-2005, 02:47 PM   #5
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I guess I'll have to check mine and make sure they are hooked to somthing, I do know the ladder that is conected to the rear cap has no support either. I sure wish I knew how to get behind those brackets on the cap.
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Old 03-23-2005, 02:50 PM   #6
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Don, (Trailer Trash 2)

I thought when we took the plant tour at the Rally last fall that they showed us that there are support pieces behind the places the ladder is attached, I seem to remember hunks of wood back there??? I'll bet some of the fellas remember, and they will surely correct me if I am wrong!

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Thanks Carol I didnt know that they look like they are pulling the screws into the washer, I guess if I took the tail light out I would be able to see whats up there, Thanks for the info.
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