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Old 08-16-2015, 11:25 AM   #1
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Help fixing dinette. Never knew you could use nails in metal.

The dinette in my Rockwood 2306 is slowly coming apart. Had some aluminum welds come apart but have found a way to fix without welding. But another problem has left me without a firm solution. The outside wall panel of the dinette, the one that faces along the entry doorway is held in by wire brad nails into the aluminum structure. Small wire brads go into the aluminum tubing. Never in all my days have I seen nails into metal. Screws go into metal, not nails, especially not tiny metal brads. They are pulling out and I don't know what to do to fix it without screws showing. Maybe a really small counter sunk screw wouldn't look too bad. Also thought about using a silicone glue to hold the wood panel in place. At least it would be invisible.

Anybody else run into this?
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:37 AM   #2
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I have not had the problem so I'll only offer up a couple of comments based on my experience.
(1) I think if you can get behind the panel to glue it, construction adhesive or Gorilla glue might be a great alternative to Silicone. After gluing, find a way to put pressure on the glue joint, perhaps a 2x4 spanning the rv (wall to wall) will do the trick.
(2) If you decide to use a fastener, I'd go to my local "Fastenall" (sp?), tell them what you want to do and they should have the screws you need that will work and blend in with your interior. Stainless steel screws can actually be polished to look like chrome or you could just use steel screws and paint the heads to match the color of the wall.
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:40 AM   #3
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Is the panel wood or cloth or ???
Seam tape?
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It's a wood panel. I'm going to take pictures. I didn't mention it I my previous post but I tried some resin glue at the bottom when this first stared to happen and it came loose. Too stiff. That's why I thought something flexible that could take all of the movement that a trailer gets would work.
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Would you be against something like screws with decorative caps?
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Old 08-16-2015, 01:04 PM   #6
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Would you be against something like screws with decorative caps?
Generally not but... this is in the walkway and as you can see by the nicks and scratches in the area (in the photos below) a decorative cap would likely get hit by something we are carrying and get knocked off.


I've decided to try glue and clamps. If it doesn't do the trick then I wi8ll go to small countersunk screws.
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You'd need to test it to see how it looks, but maybe pop rivets? Black?
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I had to get our dinette rebuilt at the dealer due to these staples pulling loose and the bench coming apart. Poor choice of design and materials! We're going to tear the entire unit out this winter and go with another dinette unit with free standing chairs.
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I had the same thing happen on my 2011 Rockwood 2607. Never heard of using nails to attach to aluminum. Must be some new type of engineering, but we must advise them, It doesn't work. I, like you, was able to repair the broken welds on the frame, but had not come up with a suitable method of attaching the panel. For a temp fix I used Duct Tape. It worked, but I am thinking the adhesive on the tape might attract bugs. Being I have a light wood finish, I was thinking of using brass screws, as it might give it a finished look.
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Generally not but... this is in the walkway and as you can see by the nicks and scratches in the area (in the photos below) a decorative cap would likely get hit by something we are carrying and get knocked off.


I've decided to try glue and clamps. If it doesn't do the trick then I wi8ll go to small countersunk screws.
I see what you mean.

After using what ever screws you need you could cover the screw heads with 1/2 round trim stapled or finish nailed to the panel?
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