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Old 01-15-2015, 04:44 PM   #11
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Thanks everyone for the input. Took a break from the RV to install grab bars for the wife recently.

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I'm not sure what type of bolts I did get. Will look at them later this evening.


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Old 01-16-2015, 06:54 PM   #12
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USPS dropped off a package today. Might do some work on the toy hauler this weekend. I think I'm going to lay the plywood down. We'll see..

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Old 01-19-2015, 12:17 AM   #13
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Did a small amount of work tonight. Going to be installing the plywood any day now. Just wanted to get part of the floor straight.

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Also looked to see if the new bolts were stainless or not. Couldn't tell

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Old 01-19-2015, 12:53 AM   #15
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You do not want to use those for the ties downs. Those are plain steel machine screws and not up to task because they are not load-rated. Those tie-down actually get a fair amount of load transferred to them when your bike wants to lean. Looking at the construction of those tie-downs, a single Grade 5 cap screw (laymen just call these bolts) through the center hole of the tie-down through trailer frame is more than enough as it would be stronger than the tie-down. The other two holes are usually just lagged or riveted to the decking.
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Old 01-19-2015, 05:05 PM   #16
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I didn't even think about the bolt under a load. Totally slipped my mind !! Thanks Geotx1 , I could definitely have seen more issues down the road because of a bolt not up to par
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I didn't even think about the bolt under a load. Totally slipped my mind !! Thanks Geotx1 , I could definitely have seen more issues down the road because of a bolt not up to par
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:49 PM   #18
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I would use stainless steel carriage bolts in a 5/16th or 3/8 inch diameter.
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I was going to chime in with the "use some Grade 5 Bolts" recommendation, but someone beat me to it. Those machine screws you had would bend like a pretzel, or just snap. Also, +1 on the fender washers, and nylock nuts too. Once it's in place and torqued down, spray the exposed bolt underneath with some black rust proofing paint (like rustoleum or the like) to keep it from rusting/corroding. Looks good!
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You have quite a project there.

But I want to comment on your first part of the original post. When I read the first few lines, I thought to myself. Can he not find a way to modify a camper so that his wife can use her chair. Are there no options?

And then I saw that you had purchased a toy hauler and I felt a tear well up. I am so glad you were able to get something that works.

God bless you and your lovely wife.

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