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Old 07-18-2010, 07:24 PM   #1
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2005 CCD Loose Hinge

Do I really need to cut an access hole on the inside to get at the nut? The bottom hinge has moved away from the trailer by about a 1/4". The Philip's screw just spins when I attempt to tighten it.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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no.

u can PEEL back the inner skin after drilling out a row of rivets.

then hammer said skin back FLAT (sorta) and re install the rivets...
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on a unit with MOUSEFUR on the inner walls this is barely apparent...

nekked inside, well that's another issue.
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the HOLE or holes needed to access the inside of the hinge

can be covered with a wall outlet, outlet cover or a framed picture of wally...

folks will think u have a special edition stream.

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Old 07-18-2010, 09:48 PM   #3
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Do I really need to cut an access hole on the inside to get at the nut? The bottom hinge has moved away from the trailer by about a 1/4". The Philip's screw just spins when I attempt to tighten it.
That's about the only and best way.

Apply some vulkem to the nut, after it's tightened.

The usual cause of the loose hinge problem, is lack of proper running gear balance.

Check the entrance door lock striker bolt for excessive wear, as well as the striker pocket.

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That's what I've also been told.
I need to replace a hinge that has cracked.
There is a trim strip on the inside that can be removed.
With some careful measuring I think a hole to fit a socket in can be drilled ( mark location with a center punch and use a hole saw) and then covered with the trim strip.

I would make a few practice cuts in a piece of scrap first, so you learn the feel of the tool.

My hinge replacement will also involve removing the upper interior door panel. I've gotten pretty familiar with removing and replacing rivets, so I don't think it will be that hard.

This job has been on the back burner as other things take precedent.

It does seem like a poor design though.
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Old 07-20-2010, 10:31 AM   #5
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Successful Hinge repair

Thanks for the advice. I decided to drill access holes rather than peel back the skin and replace rivets. Here is a series of pictures outlining the repair. You may want to post it somewhere along with the other hinge repair discussions.

1. Remove trim.
2. Drilled 7/8" access hole on inside with a hole saw at screw height.
3. Pull out insulation and scrape off rubber inside coating with screwdriver and pliers.
4. New nylon lock nut and blue Loctite on threads.
5. Tighten nut with deep 7/16" socket.
6. Holes are slightly bigger than trim. I covered with plastic child proof socket covers.
7. Place trim back on.
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nice pix and excellent diy!

thanks 4 posting the follow up.

my experience is these fasteners will need to be REvisited occasionally

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