PUP supposed to shake apart?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by wildpony, Aug 5, 2007.

  1. wildpony

    wildpony Be Prepared!

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    We found in our first outing (8 days, to eastern Quebec) that some screws came loose, specifically the 1/4" nuts that secure the studs for the bed-rollers. One came off, another came loose, and we found one that a previous owner had replaced. These nuts have one locking face (like a lock washer but attached). When we got home, we re-secured all of them (with Loc-Tite on the threads).

    One day the furnace cover unscrewed itself and fell off; we gave that the same treatment. The Loc-Tite seemed to work; nothing unscrewed on our second outing.

    We hope we don't get too many more loose screws! Admittedly, the roads were a little on the rough side in places.

    Barb, Dave & 3 4-legged kids
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  2. Abs

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    sounds screwy to me. all those loose threads.

    hehehehehe....

    dunno what to say about those prob's.

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  3. 2000 starcraft starflyer

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    You might want to go and check all important screws/nuts for tightness before your next outing.

    HTH,
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  4. John L

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    Try replacing the nuts with the kind that have a nylon center, those may hold better.

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    Nylock nuts work great, but a shot of Loctite works too! Both are good options.

    I know the first time we took ours out i found stuff that was loose after we got there, i had the tools with to tighten everything up. Its just one of those things one must deal with when it comes to something going down the road.

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  6. LynnAllen02

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    Ditto here with my Palomino, our furnace cover falls off every trip I don't have something in front of it...

    Our hoses have wiggled loose under our sink on 500-700 mile trips, we now check before we turn on the pump.

    Our cover has come off electric box cover -propane alarm...

    I break 1-4 eggs per trip...

    I keep a screwdriver in my drawer to put everything back on with!

    Lynn

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  7. mostlyok

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    We haven't had the loose nut (except behind the TV wheel) symptom. But on one trip the sink water line had popped off. I thought it was due to a weak clamp, which I replaced. Never thought about things bouncing loose. We rarely take the off-road path, so we don't get a lot of rattle and roll. Guess we need to rough it a little more.

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  8. ALICAM

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    You would definitely likely have some loose nuts and bolts after driving some roads in Quebec. Road maintenance does not seem to be a priority in some places there (ie Montreal) and I'll likely take some heat from some people in La Belle Provence, but it is a fact..their roads are rough

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    The loose screw thing is apparently a problem with the Palominos---we lost a screw on the steps---CHECK your step screws---it apparenly came loose then sheared off, now DH has got to get the broken one out in order to fix it. We have had the furnace screws come lose too. If the dealer was closer, he would be fixing it.

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    Sounds like a Palomino problem. We've had a lot of the same loose screws.....but the most exciting one was the nut that holds the rear pully for the lift system. I was cranking away...then looked to see how it was going, only to see the front of the roof way up in the air and the rear still sitting on the box.

    It must be these Quebec roads

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    When I was working on my camper I thought everything looked fine when it came to connectors. Then I found myself staring at a screw that looked funny. I grabbed a screwdriver and it just turned and turned. When I removed it, easily half of it had rusted away. Checking further I found several more in the same condition.

    Those results prompted me to go to the hardware store and replace them with stainless steel screws/nuts & bolts so rust would never be an issue again. There weren't that many, and at my local hardware store you can buy the exact number you want instead of buying packs, so the total cost wasn't that bad.

    I too am a big fan of Loc-Tite. Sure is great when you can take care of something like this before it becomes a serious problem. Great post!

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  12. Lost in Space

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    So far have not had any loose screw/nut/bolt issues with my Palomino, but after reading this thread I will be doing some serious checking. But it will be after this weekends trip. I'm leaving tonight for a weekend with "da boys", my two best friends. Kayaking and good beer (not at the same time) are the menu for this weekend. Will check all the hardware either during the weekend or when I return. Loctite everything I can, and tighten everything I can't.

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  13. LynnAllen02

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    If you figure out how to tighten the furnace screws and still be able to get in there if you need to...

    Let me know, please.

    As for everything else I prop my pillows in front of the loseable screws with something in the aisle to hold them there, seems to work...

    Lynn

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    I forget which color ir is, but there is a Loctite designed to use on screws you need to remove on occasion.

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    I found these references on the Loctite® website:
    http://www.loctiteproducts.com/products/subcategory.asp?CatID=10&SubID=48


    Loctite® Threadlocker Green - Electrical, instrumentation and set screws

    Loctite® Threadlocker Red - High temp, high strength, Heavy duty, removable with heat and tools

    Loctite® Threadlocker Blue - Traditional, prevents slipping and rust, removable with tools.

    I have only used the blue and seems to work fine for all around insurance against loosening fasteners.

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  16. LynnAllen02

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    Thanks everyone...

    We'll go to Napa and get some...

    Lynn

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