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Old 07-21-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Awning post tearing away from camper

Hello! We camped just this past weekend and my husband noticed when the electric awning is out the arm connected to the camper is tearing away. Upon closer inspection it seems the wall behind the screws has been wet at some point and there is nothing to screw the bolts that hold he awning onto the camper into. Anyone else have this happen?? I have attached a picture to see if that helps. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:32 AM   #2
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Is it sealed around the attachment point? Might try some larger screws or bolts, just a suggestion without knowing how much is damaged behind the attachment area.
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Old 07-22-2013, 06:40 AM   #3
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May have to remove the existing bolts and replace with ss bolts that go thru the wall and put alum plates on inside. Not a very desirable solution, but if it's off warranty and FR will not repair, about the only way to fix it.
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:10 AM   #4
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The first thing to do is check the roof above for any signs of leakage!!
If the roof looks good- no cracks or gaps in the sealer along the edge
The next thing I'd do is remove the loose screws- check for rust on their
threads.
You'll probably find some.
Get larger screws- stainless or galvanized.
Bigger around NOT longer!!
Replace the screws but be sure to put a dab of any good caulk in the hole
and some more under the head of the screw as you replace them.

Finally- that piece of trim that the awning material is anchored to has a center
strip that is removable. There are screws behind that center strip that hold
the trim/awning fabric anchor to the wall.
All those screws should have been dabbed with caulk before they were inserted!!
If it was me- I'd remove them all one at a time and put caulk in the holes and
behind each head and replace them.

Also if your awning post anchor has 4 holes but only 2 screws it wouldn't hurt
to put in 1 or 2 extra screws while he's at it.

This isn't a bad job really..... hope there's no hidden rot behind the wall. If the
larger screws seem to get tight and hold, you're probably fine.

Good Luck!
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:18 AM   #5
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KyDan, do the 'lite weights' not have an alum framework with minimal wood if any? Just asking.
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Old 07-22-2013, 08:45 AM   #6
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I'm not sure about construction in my ultralite. There are some places
where they do use wood. I found wood in a wall where my TV is mounted.

One dark and stormy night we had left our manual awning up.
Middle of the night a storm rolls in and it's blowing and starting to rain.
I jumped out of bed, threw on some pants and went outside to drop
the awning. I failed to pull one of the arms in all the way before I
tried to roll the awning. When I did that it put extra up force on the
awning arm top anchor point. It bent the anchor point out and up
away from the side of the trailer. Next day in the daylight I realized
what I had done.
When I got home I pulled out those badly bent anchor screws.
Luckily they came out and didn't break off. They were also rusty!
I replaced them with new hardware and caulked the holes and heads.
It felt like they were going into a piece of wood. Maybe they put a
"header" up there just to receive these screws?

I had no more damage than a couple bent screws but I was lucky!
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #7
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Thank you all for your help! I will read these to him and let you know the outcome!
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