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Old 09-23-2021, 08:51 PM   #1
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Do not forget the annual screw check

For the last 5 years we have checked as many of the outside and inside screws as possible. Every year many are not fully tight. This includes everywhere I find them.
This process has saved our ASX.
My brother and friends that have never done this have had items fall apart. Few months ago someone dining room table fell off.

We take a multi screw driver and walk the entire coach.

BTW even around the windows those little black screws get loose.

Good luck fellow campers.

Hope this helps.

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Old 09-23-2021, 11:36 PM   #2
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Nice tip thanks! I also recommend checking your plumbing fittings. Especially the drain pipes in your sinks they have a tendency to come loose as well!
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Old 09-24-2021, 12:37 AM   #3
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Good point.. most fittings around the water pump needed adjusting and belive it or not outside shower fittings..
Kurt our rv guy said most leaks are outside shower fittings into the Mh.

CHECK !
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Old 09-24-2021, 03:00 AM   #4
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Nice tip thanks! I also recommend checking your plumbing fittings. Especially the drain pipes in your sinks they have a tendency to come loose as well!
We do this every trip.
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Old 09-24-2021, 11:30 AM   #5
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She says that the screwing is fine...
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Old 09-24-2021, 12:40 PM   #6
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Thats like telling Airplane owners to make sure you check all the rivets in the airplane skin. There are thousands of screws. Which one should i check? However, I actually check the screws underneath that hold on the molding. I think 80% of these are only 3/4 drivin in. I guess Thor pays by the HR. so the mechanics figure they could put more screws in if they only put them in 1/2 way....
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Old 09-24-2021, 01:33 PM   #7
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Years ago I purchased a swing set for my kids.
The instructions for the swing set (written in broken english) included:
- make sure to check all fasteners (screws, nuts & bolts) every 30 days to ensure proper tightness

So that task has been on my monthly “to-do” list for the past 30 years.
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Old 09-24-2021, 01:50 PM   #8
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I check everything for loose stuff. Even check ATS connections and trailer hitch bolts at least every 6 months. As much as these things bounce and wiggle almost anything can loosen with time.
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Old 09-24-2021, 06:47 PM   #9
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I have started also, putting a little dab of Silicone sealant on some of the exposed screws and bolts. I use Flex Seal on many of the joints and fittings. The clear cannot be detected but will give years of corrosion protection. Use can also use a little dab of while silicone on screws as a torque stripe. This will be very evident if the screw moves, the while lines will not line up again....
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Old 09-25-2021, 01:46 PM   #10
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She says that the screwing is fine...
Yeah but undertorquing and too short a screw is a problem.
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Old 09-25-2021, 03:13 PM   #11
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ah, so you will need to go up one fastener dia. so, if you have #8's in there buy some longer #10 screws. i have found for ex. the ladder holder in the rear compartment brackets are loose. So, i added a little clear sealant around the screw and drove it in wet. This is a typical type install in the Aircraft Industry. We wet install fasteners and seal all exposed gnd studs. Something to do while its still nice out..... Crawl underneath the RV and identify all the chassis gnd studs that are exposed to the elements. Buy some FLEX SEAL black and have at it... This will seal up the gnd stud and ensure no gnd problems found in this BLOG.. Remember, if you need to dis assemble that gnd for any reason, you will need to clean the frame, gnd stud etc.

There are numerous FUSE connections either from FORD or THOR that can be sealed, Also all the Winegard coax connections on the roof are just BARE connected. This all looks good in the SHOWROOM, but in the elements, water will get in there this winter, freeze and start corroding.

Happy Spraying....

This is an example of sealing an exhaust system in my ONAN Generator, The system became loose. So, i added lock washers, Stainless Steel Lock Nuts, torque seal all bolts and nuts. Now i can inspect and see if any thing got loose.
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Old 09-25-2021, 04:21 PM   #12
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Always a good idea to check all those that are accessible. Any time I drove I-5 over the grapevine, one horrible rough section of highway, within a day or two, I would go over and tighten all the screws I could get to. That section of road, would always loosen many.
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This is an example of sealing an exhaust system in my ONAN Generator, The system became loose. So, i added lock washers, Stainless Steel Lock Nuts, torque seal all bolts and nuts. Now i can inspect and see if any thing got loose.
You referenced the aviation industry so you are familiar with slippage marks. We could preflight/inspect and look at the slippage mark and know right away if it loosened or tightened. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, it's a thin stripe of paint on a nut, bolt, and or bolt head that goes between the bolt head and part it's bolted to. If the hardware is removed it obviously breaks the paint and if the torque slips the bolt/nut turns/slips and you can see that it slipped or has loosened. Don't expect any RV manufacturer to take these extra steps because that takes time and care, something they will never do. But an owner can.
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Old 09-25-2021, 05:44 PM   #14
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Yeah but undertorquing and too short a screw is a problem.
Yeah... she's mentioned that a time or two...
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Old 09-25-2021, 08:20 PM   #16
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I give up...
What point were you trying to make?
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Old 09-29-2021, 09:18 PM   #17
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A little LocTite helps

I use LocTite on any screw that become loose on its own.
Specially for metal on metal screws or bolts with nut.
For screws going int9 wood, a little silicone or wood glue does the trick.
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Old 09-29-2021, 10:27 PM   #18
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Find your converter/inverter, and all power stuff. Check those connections as well.
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Old 09-30-2021, 12:34 AM   #19
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On mil and NASA hardware, fasteners are torqued and staked with epoxy on three sides. Very seldom is Loctite used due to outgassing. Human environment for breathing along with any optics that will be coated by outgassing of any materials used. All epoxy, conformal coat, etc. will be baked out to eliminate the problem. All lock washers were eliminated when very fine pitch SMT parts came out. Metal shaving are generated by them and are not allowed in or outside hardware. Life is easier with them in the commercial world.
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Old 10-02-2021, 03:59 PM   #20
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Also a good idea to check screws, found these, when I was checking a marker light and it seemed loose.
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