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Old 12-11-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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Looking underneath newly acquired used 2010 26RK fifth, I noticed that the screws in the brace that hold the piece at the bottom of the wall outside from fender skirt to rear of trailer is not tightened all the way into the frame on either side.

Anyone know if this is normal or a mfg qc error?
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:28 AM   #2
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It may be loose due to road vibrations or stripped threads during manufacturing. If you are talking about the brace that keeps the fender skirt from flexing too much, then replace the screw with a nut, bolt and lock washer. For a screw into the unit body, then use one size larger screw or fill the hole with liquid steel and then re-drill for the original screw.
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Old 12-11-2011, 10:44 AM   #3
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The bracing is the same on my 2010 CT29RLX. The screws into the frame are tight but aren't in all the way.I don't think they used self drilling screws just metal screws and put the in as far as they would go. All the bracing is tight.
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"The bracing is the same on my 2010 CT29RLX. The screws into the frame are tight but aren't in all the way.I don't think they used self drilling screws just metal screws and put the in as far as they would go. All the bracing is tight."



You've got it exactly what I was trying to say, although I don't quite know what you mean by "All the bracing is tight".



The screws, while only in a couple of threads on the frameare tight, there is about 1/2 inch from the screw head to the brace. This would allow movement of the "panel".



I really don't know if this is a design or just the great "quality control" used my the manufacturer.
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What I meant about the bracing being tight is that it doesn't move around when I pull on it, it is solid and doesn't move on the screws.
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I had an issue with the passenger side brace on our Cruiser. When I had it in for some warranty service two years ago and pointed out the loose brace the dealer totally removed that brace saying it was unnecessary. So far, two years and about 7,000 miles of towing, it seems just fine.
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Old 12-12-2011, 01:05 AM   #7
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Use some silicone seal on the screws when tightening down and they will stay put. They can also easily be removed if necessary.
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"The bracing is the same on my 2010 CT29RLX. The screws into the frame are tight but aren't in all the way.I don't think they used self drilling screws just metal screws and put the in as far as they would go. All the bracing is tight."



You've got it exactly what I was trying to say, although I don't quite know what you mean by "All the bracing is tight".



The screws, while only in a couple of threads on the frameare tight, there is about 1/2 inch from the screw head to the brace. This would allow movement of the "panel".



I really don't know if this is a design or just the great "quality control" used my the manufacturer.

If that is the case, remove them, put some washers on to take up the slack and reinstall them. Better they didn't overdrive the screws and strip the threads.
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Old 12-12-2011, 10:48 AM   #9
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" When I had it in for some warranty service two years ago and pointed out the loose brace the dealer totally removed that brace saying it was unnecessary."



The whole deal does seem like an afterthought.





"If that is the case, remove them, put some washers on to take up the slack and reinstall them. Better they didn't overdrive the screws and strip the threads."



Like your idea but I think instead of washers, I'll look for some type of rubber bushing.
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Old 12-13-2011, 03:45 AM   #10
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I have a couple on my 2012 CF305SKP that are not screwed to the "I" frame.They are screwed to the skirting the other end is loose, no screws no holes in the beam. I'm sure it was just overlooked at the factory. One thing on my list when I take it in fora few minor things.



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