HELP! backside of camper is separating from sidewalk!

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    RebekkaStar New Member

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    We are in the middle of 6 week road trip with our 2008 Starcraft pop up camper. Everything has been going great the past 3 weeks camping in it nightly. When we were setting up we noticed the backside was separated from the side. The wood looks a little week but I don’t really want to open a can of worms. We are in California and from Kentucky. A long way from home and our major tools. What’s the best way to tighten back up? Caulk? Try longer nails? Both? Ratchet strap? Duck tape . Open to all ideas. Thank you!!
     
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    The back sheet was also popped out but I slipped it back under that metal part
     

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    It got worse after we pulled out the day
     
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    Bed
     
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    When I had to deal with that, I bought an angle bracket from home depot and bolted it in place to hold it together.

    Before you go doing that though, I'd like to see more pictures.
     
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    As stated above, an angle bracket is the quickest patch
     
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    I agree, longer sized metal angle brackets on both sides/rear. Make sure your screwing into solid wood.

    Good luck to y'all..
     
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    Thank you, I am so grateful for the advice!

    My husband and I are thinking we should just try to fix it at our camp ground. We are both pretty handy... just not exactly what I had in mind for Lake Tahoe .
    What type of wood did you use? Treated plywood? Just wood screws? Caulk recommendations? I want to have a solids list because the hardware store isn’t close. Here’s what I got so far

    Jigsaw or circle saw if we can’t barrow one or get help from hardware store.

    Wood
    Screws
    Clamps
    Caulk
    Glue?

    We have screw driver, ratchet straps and some other random things.

    Hopefully it’s just the back and not the side too. The floor feels great, thankfully!

    Ok the next problem. In all the chaos yesterday when we discovered our camper was falling apart, our kids were acting insane and my son unlatched the top but didn’t fully unhook one that’s you have to push down on to get it unhooked. Completely my fault for not checking a 7 year olds work buuut when I went to raise it that latch popped off

    Any suggestions on how to fix??
     
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    39537320-4965-41F2-A5AE-4EA86192D26E.jpeg From above— screw not attached
     
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    Save the wood replacement for home.. if you decide to repair it.

    I'd use large wider brackets like these from Ace Hardware, home building supply stores might carry something this wide too.

    https://www.acehardware.com/departments/hardware/angles-braces-and-brackets/braces/5290796

    Screw gun, screws.. into solid wood. I suggested wider brackets thinking you could hit solid wood at that width. Silicone sealant if ya need to after to keep water out.

    Best of luck..
     
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    Looks like there is some rot going on in there. Will longer screws even reach good wood? There's usually not a lot of wood in the corners from the manufacturer.
     
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    Duct tape until you get home.
    The wood that holds it in place is rotted. You need to remove the rear end cap and repair the underlying structure.
     
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    Do not use silicone, if you have to get something from the home center, use a urethane sealant.
     
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    I used bolts, nuts and fender (big round) washers on the inside to make sure I spread the load over good wood.
     

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