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Old 07-18-2013, 05:00 PM   #11
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well - I guess now we see why pop rivits weren't such a good idea. They truly do not grab onto the door material.

So the dealer is advising drilling THROUGH the door? yikes, I would not want bolt heads through my door.

I think trying a larger piece of aluminum with a combination of industrial glue and self tapping screws might work.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:05 PM   #12
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well - I guess now we see why pop rivits weren't such a good idea. They truly do not grab onto the door material.

So the dealer is advising drilling THROUGH the door? yikes, I would not want bolt heads through my door.

I think trying a larger piece of aluminum with a combination of industrial glue and self tapping screws might work.
Yeah, I'm not to sure about that either. Thinking about what turbo said earlier with the nut inserts but just not sure if the holes where the rivets were are now all egged out. Not sure if they will work now.
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Would not drill thru the door or let them. Get a 6 x 6 pc of alum and industrial glue and Pop Rivet it about every 1-1/2" around the entire perimeter and sheet metal screw the bracket back on. The pop rivets will hold just as good as sheet metal screws as the inner door material is relatively thin vinyl. Lap the alum over the alum edge for more holding power with at least 4 rivets on that edge.
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Would not drill thru the door or let them. Get a 6 x 6 pc of alum and industrial glue and Pop Rivet it about every 1-1/2" around the entire perimeter and sheet metal screw the bracket back on. The pop rivets will hold just as good as sheet metal screws as the inner door material is relatively thin vinyl. Lap the alum over the alum edge for more holding power with at least 4 rivets on that edge.
So glue the aluminum on as well as pop rivet it on? Lap the aluminum over the edge? as in the side edge?
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So glue the aluminum on as well as pop rivet it on? Lap the aluminum over the edge? as in the side edge?
That's what I would do. I added 2 struts to all 3 storage doors that way and they are still holding good. I didn't use any glue, but it could only help.
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That's what I would do. I added 2 struts to all 3 storage doors that way and they are still holding good. I didn't use any glue, but it could only help.
Gotcha, Thank you. Just out of curiosity, could you tell me what size rivets you used?
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My door strut did same thing first year. Now on 3rd full year after MY DIY. I just used some longer self tapping screws and screwed through the piece of aluminum that the strut bar attached to. It was not the monstrosity piece of aluminum your dealer used. Worked great and strut is rock solid.
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Gotcha, Thank you. Just out of curiosity, could you tell me what size rivets you used?
1/8 x 3/8
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Pop rivets work well for some of the wall materials, but must be used with good judgment. I used 3/16 rivets for my bedroom TV mount and they haven't budged a bit. I also used them to successfully attach the door opener to the outside wall, after 3 failed attempts by the dealer. Make sure you have the largest and longest rivet you can apply to the task.
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Ok, so I tried repairing the door strut with another plate and more rivets. Long story short, I accidentally drilled a hole through the door and ended up just drilling the rest of the holes and securing it the way the dealer advised me to. Yeah, sometimes I'm not real smart.....

Either way, is there a way I can get in touch with Forest River directly to discuss this problem I have been having with the door? Ultimately I would like to have the door replaced since there were so many holes from the rivets from their prior attempts to fix it as well as me not real happy with having holes that go all the way through. Plus I hate the service department that I have to deal with.
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