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Old 06-20-2016, 06:00 PM   #1
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Awning top rail pulling out!

Hi all! Has anyone had the top rail of the awning pull out from the trailer?! Is this an easy fix? It's a 2014 Wildcat Maxx 313RE. My main concern, other than the whole thing pulling out, is water getting in where the screws are pulling out. Thank you for any input!
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Old 06-20-2016, 06:35 PM   #2
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Looks like the factory missed the studs... you will need to locate the studs and re attach with self tapers. Fill the old holes with dicor.
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Old 06-21-2016, 09:31 AM   #3
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Thanks crunchman! How do you find the studs on these? Finger tap method or will a stud finder work?
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Old 06-21-2016, 11:27 AM   #4
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If you have access to an infrared camera, you may be able to see the studs after pulling the awning off and let it sit in the sun for a few hours.
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Old 06-21-2016, 12:53 PM   #5
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We had the same problem with our 2005 Cardinal 5th wheel and Dometic auto awning. Thing is that the mounts don't go into the metal studs, gust the gel coat wall. My shop used rubber expandable plugs which solved the problem.
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Old 06-21-2016, 06:20 PM   #6
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A good old trick, fill the screw hole completely with toothpick soak in wood glue.
Wait a day and reinstall the screws.
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Old 06-21-2016, 10:24 PM   #7
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No access to an infrared camera! Telstar, I was thinking along those lines of putting some kind of plug or anchor to screw into...or even the toothpick idea might work!
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Old 06-21-2016, 10:58 PM   #8
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Use the next size larger and longer screw......and caulk, and drive screws in manually....then invest in a set of awning poles....
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Old 06-21-2016, 11:05 PM   #9
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I like your idea bob, simple and quick! I'll try that first and see if it holds! Thank you everybody for the suggestions! Best forum ever!
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I would look to see if screw anchors might work !!!
Tooth picks or wooden matches & wood glue,,, are great for furniture repair !!!
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