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Old 05-17-2010, 10:12 PM   #1
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GT378 Main Door Closer

The bracket which hold the closer to the main door is pulling loose. See attached pics. Anyone have any suggestions?
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Old 05-17-2010, 10:27 PM   #2
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Best I can tell from your pictures, the sheet metal crews have stripped out. Most likely drilled too large a hole to start with. Best recommendation is something I call a "Thread Cert". It is a pop rivet with machine screw threads in the middle. Takes a special tool, that screws in to the pop rivet, squeezes, then is unscrewed. Now you have a hole with a set of threads for a machine screw. I've seen the kits at Harbor freight for around $20 or so, with different size inserts. This would make the best and easiest fix. Check this thread:

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Old 05-18-2010, 08:17 AM   #3
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It should be a warranty issue for you but I doubt they would do it like windrider suggests which I believe is the correct way to fix it.
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Old 05-18-2010, 12:12 PM   #4
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You can try screwdriver installed rivet nuts. you can find them at McMastercar. McMaster-Carr

just scroll down the page until you see the screwdriver installed rivet nuts
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Old 05-19-2010, 06:28 PM   #5
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Thanks for the ideas, however, I have an idea for a new bracket for the door, once I have it made and installed Ill post pics. Think this is one of those items Id rather do myself so I know it is done right. Thanks to for the input.
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I have the same exact problem, but not as severe. My 357qs is a 2011 and only been used twice. I went ahead and popped off the absorber. I will let my dealer deal with it under warranty. But I got funny feeling this issue will be around for the life of the RV. I may re-design the bracket also, but will wait too see what Forest River does first
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Old 05-24-2010, 08:08 PM   #7
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Your setup is slightly different than is on our 2008 378 Georgetown. But ours did the same thing. I used the same holes but installed larger and longer lag screws in the holes above the door (thats where ours is attached). So far they have held.

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Old 06-11-2010, 10:06 AM   #8
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same problem

I have a similar problem on my 2007 Forest River Georgetown 378. I think this is a poor design since so many people are having this problem. I can remember a few times the door blew open and probably caused this door problem. I have seen other RVs that use regular hinges. I think I am going to try install larger lag screws and if that doesn't work, call a technician.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:21 AM   #9
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I haven't noticed this yet but when we get our rig back from the repair shop I will have to take a look. I have used the Nutserts that were mentioned by others but they do have a flange that will keep the bracket from laying flush against the door top. I would be inclined to just try using pop rivets.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:58 PM   #10
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Well, I finally got my part for a new door bracket for the door closure. Hopefully if it stops raining this weekend here in Vancouver, WA, maybe I can actually get it installed. I will post final pics after the install, but here is the bracket. I plan to run 3 1/4" bolts all the way through the door.
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