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Old 03-21-2020, 08:56 PM   #1
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Ladder screws

I have a 2016 Thor A.C.E 27.1. I noticed that some of the screws securing the ladder to the RV have stripped out or broken. How can I fix the screws that have stripped out. I've tried putting in longer/larger screws but there's nothing to screw into.
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Old 03-22-2020, 12:52 AM   #2
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What I did for the bottom of the ladder support was take long deck wood screws and neatly screw them into each hole of the ladder using the existing holes in the fiberglass. Behind the fiberglass I mounted a 2 x 4 pressure treated piece of wood. I then continued with the deck wood screw right into the 2 x 4 on the other side of the fiberglass for a total of eight screws. This really made a solid connection. Easy to do, just have to get underneath the body and have someone hold the 2 x 4 while you screw it in from the other side, then paint the screws black or whatever color your ladder is.
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Old 03-22-2020, 01:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the info I'll have to crawl under there and see if I can get to the back of the fiberglass.
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Old 03-22-2020, 02:06 PM   #4
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sometimes using a match, or a small wood 'splinter', can put enough 'extra' into the hole so that the screw has more to grip against... but, also, if you can access the rear of the fiberglass rear cap, you can do as said above, and add your own 'attachment point' for the screws - even a thin plywood piece would suffice.
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Old 03-22-2020, 02:19 PM   #5
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You could fill the holes with epoxy, and then drill pilot holes and use a bi larger screw...
Good luck!
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Old 03-22-2020, 05:15 PM   #6
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If it's hollow behind I used pop rivets not sure of the technical name but backside of them split into 3 legs they are very heavy duty many rv company's use them for ladders
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Old 03-22-2020, 08:57 PM   #7
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I have fixed several over the years on different equipment

To get something of substance I inject some PL8 into the hole, trying to get an ounce or so. I do it slowly and it stays at the opening as it is very thick and sticky. It is my go to adhesive for many RV repairs. Best product for all around use at the S&B and RV

After it has dried for a minimum of 4 hours or a day predrill and insert you screw

The material dries very hard and stays there for as long as you need it

Loctite PL 8x Fast Grab Premium Construction Adhesive
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Old 03-26-2020, 01:16 AM   #8
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If it's hollow behind I used pop rivets not sure of the technical name but backside of them split into 3 legs they are very heavy duty many rv company's use them for ladders

I think youíre referring to ďrivnutsĒ. They go in the hole like a rivet, but have screw threads in the middle.
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Old 03-26-2020, 10:29 PM   #9
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Not riv nuts they don't spread the load enough, there called tri fold exploding pop rivets.
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