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Old 10-30-2011, 11:45 AM   #1
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The sheet metal screws holding the base of the pleated shade in one of the side sky light windows on my 2010 Flying Cloud pulled out. What's the best way to repair - larger diameter screws?

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Old 10-30-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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What's it screwed into....plastic, aluminum...something else?
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:57 AM   #3
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They're screwed into the aluminum window frame.
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Old 10-30-2011, 01:14 PM   #4
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Well, first I'd try to understand what caused the screws to pull out. Yes, larger screws will have a somewhat greater resistance to pull out, but still... I'd go up one size once you're sure the problem is understood. Use the same length screws though.

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Old 10-30-2011, 08:00 PM   #5
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Old 10-30-2011, 09:24 PM   #6
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Marine Tex belongs in everyones tool AS tool kit!!

I've just covered the screw with the stuff and screwed it back in the hole and it's held well. Have used it in metal and wood. Comes in grey and white.

Here's how the their Web-site sez to do it.

"Apply a little penetrating oil or a silicone spray (like WD-40) to the new fastener to act as a release agent; wipe off excess film. Mix Marine-Tex White or Gray and fill the hole 3/4ths deep. Apply a small amount of Marine Tex to the fastener, being sure to fill in around the threads. With a slight twisting motion, insert the fastener in to the hole and allow the epoxy to cure for the full 24 hours. Marine-Tex will have the threads cast into it, and the fastener can be backed out if necessary. A wrench or a screwdriver with a little extra elbow grease may be needed the very first time the re-inserted fastener is removed since it will stick the first time it is backed out."

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Over tightening - easy to do with power tools - will shear some/all the threads and leave the hole oversize for the same fastener to ever hold tension again...
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The sheet metal screws holding the base of the pleated shade in one of the side sky light windows on my 2010 Flying Cloud pulled out. What's the best way to repair - larger diameter screws?

Thanks for the help.
Hi, going to a larger screw just makes it so you have to keep going larger. Don't do it. I had some screws strip out of the very thin aluminum on my rear vent/inside bezel. I used steel speed nuts; If these strip out, you just replace them again.
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As Bart said, "find out why the screws stripped out".

That is not something that's common with an Airstream.

However, lack of proper running gear balance, bad rubber rods in the axle/axles, excessive rated tow vehicle, and/or an excessive rated hitch torsion bars, all individually or collectively can cause enough vibration to loosen screws.

Using larger screws will not solve the problem.

Finding the cause of the vibration, and then correcting it, will indeed, solve the problem from any further happenings.

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Thanks to everyone for the advice.

I'm not sure why these screws pulled out. Could be excessive vibration in the axle (haven't noticed any) or it could be a defect in the installation of the blinds. Guess I'll take it to the dealer and let them figure it out.
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I would be interested in more detail on Andy's comment re: excessive rated tow vehicle, and/or an excessive rated hitch torsion bars. I have a 2011 Ford F-350 equipped with an Equalizer towing system. Would this be considered excessive when towing a 27' Flying Cloud.
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I would be interested in more detail on Andy's comment re: excessive rated tow vehicle, and/or an excessive rated hitch torsion bars. I have a 2011 Ford F-350 equipped with an Equalizer towing system. Would this be considered excessive when towing a 27' Flying Cloud.
What is the rating of the torsion bars?

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I'm not sure, but will check and get back with you. Thanks
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