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Old 11-05-2017, 08:43 AM   #1
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Screws fell apart and slide is now damaged

Hello friends. We are still in Newfie 10 weeks later and are planning on going back to mainland this week so of course the rig decides to act up. 2015 FR3 30DS.

On bringing in the living room slide we heard an awful cracking noise, promptly put it back out. The floor behind the driver side is now gauged a bit, but more concerning is the fact the screws fell apart when we went to inspect things from the outside.

Has this happened to anyone? Is it a common issue (only saw the poor soul with the ultra-lemon mention something like this before)? How did you resolve it? Click image for larger version

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ID:	155790At Kent (similar to Home Depot in the states) trying to find matching screws. Huge part of the problem is some screws broke in their holes.
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:11 AM   #2
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II have a similar problem I dont know if I should use plastic anchors
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Old 11-05-2017, 10:15 AM   #3
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II have a similar problem I dont know if I should use plastic anchors


Were not even sure how to get the broken ones out. Five of the six are broken in the hole on one side, and the two on the other side also broke in their holes.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:00 PM   #5
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Lets start with "Who is the Slide MFG" and what Model#/Type is it? Youroo!!
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:06 PM   #6
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Might be able to work 2 of those out with pliers and patience. That last one looks like it would need to use an ez-out or just drill it out. They probably loosened up over time and finally snapped off.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:17 PM   #7
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Were not even sure how to get the broken ones out. Five of the six are broken in the hole on one side, and the two on the other side also broke in their holes.
In regards to the "Brackets/Screws" there are other locations in the slots and additional/New holes can be drilled! If that wall attachment point has Aluminum behind the outer skin then "Aluminum Rivet Nuts" can be used with flat head bolts instead of the Wood fastener look alike that F/R uses! Youroo!!
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Were not even sure how to get the broken ones out. Five of the six are broken in the hole on one side, and the two on the other side also broke in their holes.
There is more than 1 way. 1st Lowes or HD will have a bit that goes in the drill and will bite what is left to remove what is left. Some call it an Easy Out. Last resort is to drill them out. That may require tapping for a larger screw. Once removed go Fastenal and get enough stronger screws made in the US to replace all of them. Imported fasteners rarely have the same strength even with the same rating.
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Old 11-05-2017, 12:37 PM   #9
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One diy would be to use a Dremel and put a groove in the broken screws so they can be removed with a flat head screwdriver.
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I don't know how important it is to mount bracket to the exact placement. Here's a link to the typical screw extractor, however there is more than one way to 'skin a cat'.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01NGTLM40...a-318198613386

I would probably carefully grind broken screws to flush and drill new pilot holes... probably just above the existing ones.

I noticed and would like to point out the screws look like flat head (countersunk) wood screws and the holes / slots in the bracket are not countersunk. In my way of thinking this could cause this failure, especially if they were over-tightened.

I have to believe that a truss head screw such as made by Fastenal would work better.. search here... pick the length and size like your's... I'd replace the other side as well.

https://www.fastenal.com/products/wo...0Screws%22%7C~

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