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jfischer 05-19-2009 07:55 PM

First real issue
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We purchased our 2009 Cherokee Grey Wolf 28BH a couple months ago and have been out twice in it with no problems.

We were washing it up today for Memorial Day weekend and noticed a problem. When we purchased the TT, we had the dealer install a slide cover. Now, one of the brackets for the cover is coming loose. I am sending the dealership some pictures and will see what they say, but I also wanted the opinion of everyone here.

I am attaching some pictures of the bracket. It is the rear bracket on the slide awning. I figure that the screw holes are probably stripped out now and its just not as simple as screwing it back in.

I am afraid if I try to pull it anywhere, it might make it worse.

Anyone have any ideas on a fix??

cat1956 05-19-2009 08:08 PM

This looks bad.It looks as if there was nothing solid to screw the screws into to start with.

midnightpumpkin 05-19-2009 09:13 PM

If it were mine, I wouldn't even go back to the dealer. I would install longer screws and put a backer plate on the inside. Hopefully this is inside a cabinet were the backer plate won't show.

Here is what I am talking about.

This plate is inside the entertainment center, an awning center rafter is installed on the outside.

John U

Bama Rambler 05-20-2009 08:07 AM

Looks like they just screwed the fasteners into the aluminum siding. That's almost no support. John has a good idea if it winds up being in a cabinet or somewhere else it can be hidden. Another alternative would be to use very short expanding anchors in the existing holes.

If it were me and the dealer was very far out of the way, or couldn't get to it, I'd take John's suggestion and get a couple of long bolts and oversized washers and thru-bolt it for this trip. Then I'd let the dealer finish the repair when we got back.

spepi 05-20-2009 08:12 AM

Looks like the Liquid Nails didnt work....and I think your only fix will be like what is suggested above...longer screws, because if you get larger screws to replace the existing ones, the holes will be larger.....Im actually surprised they used Liquid Nail....I replaced my dads, and all we used was caulking. Good luck

jfischer 05-20-2009 12:02 PM

I got a reply from the dealership today. The initial thought was that the manufacturer had the springs wound to tight in the awning.

I am still waiting on the final recommendation from the service manager.

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