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Old 08-03-2019, 10:07 PM   #1
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Broken Pass Through Supports

I have a new 31BHSC Puma and we took it on our first week long camping trip. We are heading home tomorrow. I have found many shake down issues, but I just found that 3 of the support beams in the pass through popped away from the wall. They appear to have only been held in place by glue.

The master br is above the pass through. We have had temps from the high 80s to the low 50s. Is my camping season done? We had two more trips planned but if this is a showstopper by the time I get in and repairs are done my season will be over.
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Old 08-03-2019, 10:15 PM   #2
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Pics would help.
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:13 AM   #4
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Looks like a couple of L brackets and some short wood screws would make it secure again. I like Weldbond universal adhesive - sets up very strong and remains flexible; would keep the wall panel secure to the cross brace.
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Old 08-04-2019, 12:20 AM   #5
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Not sure what is on the other side of wall. (Ie screws through wall into studs. Or 2nd choice "L" bracket on each side of upright screwed to floor and upright stud. I would also use a good adhesive between stud and wall.

However I wouldn't t do anything until I talked with selling dealer if it's a warranty issue.
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Old 08-04-2019, 06:12 AM   #6
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Pocket hole screws would work well
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:12 AM   #7
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It looks like raw wood- ie the best glue is probably gorilla glue or yellow wood glue.
Properly sized screws - not too long and as mentioned maybe some cheap L brackets.
Yes this is a warranty issue but if you are able to climb/crawl in there you can fix it for a few bucks in an hour or less.

If you can get plenty of glue in there and keep the braces tight against the ceiling-or is it a wall? for 24 hours while it drys the glue alone probably will do the job.
Wood glue is amazingly strong in the right applications!
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Old 08-04-2019, 07:35 AM   #8
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As said above ,all good fixes. I would do it myself and be done with it. That way you can keep on camping. Going back to the dealer could be time consuming. Something major it goes back otherwise I'll fix.
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I agree with the other posters. Wood glue, L-brackets (maybe 2”x2”) on each side and short screws. And do all the joists. If one came loose I wouldn’t trust that they did any better job with the others. For an hour of your time you’ll probably do as good a job or better than the dealer’s tech will do.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:10 PM   #10
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I agree with the posters. Your repair will be better than the kid at the dealer. My favorite glue is gorilla construction adhesive. I always have a small tube with me.
Before adding screws know what is behind the OCB. I would test drill to check thickness.
Every repair that you can do, will give you a better understanding of your rig and that is invaluable at the campsite.
Excuse me while I go and repair some loose cabinets screws.
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Old 08-04-2019, 01:26 PM   #11
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Hard to tell from the picture but is the OSB bowed slightly? If it is there is a possible structural issue in which Id place another sheet of OSB or plywood on the inside of storage area. Attaching the new board with glue and screws. That wall would be significantly strengthened even 1/4 plywood.
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Correct me if I am wrong, but I believe the OSB is the base for the master bed. there is one cross support that is (was) stapled to the ledger board on the grey wall and a second cross support above the cargo box with the yellow lid that is about to fail. If I am correct, there is no amount of any glue that will fix this structural design flaw. The weight of the bed is resting on several staples through the ledger board into the ends of the cross supports. The OSB and small cross supports flex every time you put any weight on the bed or roll over in your sleep. Your best solution is to put vertical supports at the end of the cross supports where they meet the ledger board. You could use the same size (1.5"x1.5") strips of wood with an L bracket to support the cross member or you could use a slightly larger piece of wood (say 1.5"x2") and support the cross member directly with the wider section of the wood. While you are in there, I recommend you inspect the remaining bed support structure and reinforce as you see fit. Taking it back to the dealer will likely end your camping season and their fix could be a complete crap shoot.

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Can't tell which way is "up" from the picture, but, it looks like the board behind the one in the foreground is also coming loose. From the picture, it looks like they tried to screw the strand board to those cross pieces but the screws weren't long enough or the boards weren't tight up against the board. Glue and screw is probably the best solution. If you can screw from the other side of the strand board, you might get a better hold, but, just the glue, if clamped tight to the board for a while could work. J B Weld also makes a 5 minute wood epoxy glue that is extremely strong. But, when they say 5 minutes, they mean it. Make sure it doesn't set up on you before you are done (but, too, it is fairly easy to hold the board against the OSB until it sets - about 10 minutes - if you can't clamp it). That glue also fills small gaps.
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Id cut a 2x2 support post and attach to get me through the camping season then take it to the dealer and they can fix it properly.
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What is above that osb. If that's the bed, I would pull just enough of that board where the cross braces are and I would use a piece of metal for a cross piece. Aluminium angle, the length to cross side to side with each end cut to slide over top the side braces would do the trick and you would never have to fix again.
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I believe T brackets would be a better choice! Just saying😊
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What is above that osb. If that's the bed, I would pull just enough of that board where the cross braces are and I would use a piece of metal for a cross piece. Aluminium angle, the length to cross side to side with each end cut to slide over top the side braces would do the trick and you would never have to fix again.


Thats a good idea...you could even add a couple.

Youre pretty smart deuce.
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An RV no matter what kind is actually a finish and build yourself event! I have found hidden compartments, wasted space, weakly installed with minimal glue and mini staples. I have beefed up fasteners, adhesives and any place I can on the unit. After seeing some of the nightmare disaster waiting to happen pics on here I took it to a welder to check every weld, splice and fastener underneath. Luckily all was good, but could have been easily been built better for the same cost in manf.
I've just accepted that I bought it now it's up to me to make it better and make it mine.
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