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Old 04-18-2018, 07:42 AM   #1
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Fender to skirt screws

Replaced the sheet metal screws today, didn't want my fenders departing the trailer....lol
Can't believe the lack of caring by workers at Keystone.
The extruded Alu. braces coming down from frame were digging in and going to eventually perforate the skirting or fender depending on location, bent each one to actually support and keep the bottom in alignment.
Replaced the screws with 8-24 SS bolts, washers and nylock nuts.
Also replaced the exterior screws attaching the furnace cover w/ss as they were starting to show rust here with the salt air.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:00 AM   #2
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This is a much covered issue on the forum. I stayed with the OEM screws just added the cheap locking washers behind them with a dab of silicone on the back side. No rust no more backing out. They are on my list of regular items to check before rolling down the road now. I am in the PNW where it is often wet and we frequent both the OR and WA coasts, no sign of rusting except for the stairs buts that's another story.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:09 AM   #3
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Yup necessary thing to do. I put speed nuts on the new rig before I even left the dealers lot.
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Old 04-18-2018, 08:22 AM   #4
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Thought about the speed nuts, but all the hardware was only $14 and now flat washers under bolts and nuts
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Old 04-18-2018, 02:31 PM   #5
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Old 04-18-2018, 05:59 PM   #6
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Some speed nuts were present,

Got some speed nuts today to use on my fender skirts. I was surprised to find speed nut backup already present on most of the screws - there was 11 screws per skirt and 8 or 9 screws already had speed nuts on them. The hard to reach screws did not have nuts. I found 3 screws that were loose. I tightened up everything and added nuts to the others, then dabbed some silicone on each. I found one screw head that was twisted off (screw that holds the bottom of the rubber gasket at the rear cap) so I added a new screw there.

I donít recall reading any previous posts from folks who discovered nuts already installed - I was pleasantly surprised!
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Old 04-19-2018, 11:03 AM   #7
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After reading this thread and others on this forum, I replaced ours today with stainless steel machine bolts,washers, and nylon locking nuts. I wont worry bout the skirts any more! I appreciate this forum! I have made many improvements based on the topics discussed! Much appreciated!

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