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Old 12-10-2018, 09:20 AM   #1
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Found a nut sitting on the step

Hah hah! But no joke. Drove about 300 miles to our campsite last night, nothing unusual. When we pulled out the steps, found a nut sitting on the there. I would call it a flange nut, about the size of a quarter (including the flange).

I looked around the area where the steps stow for travel, but couldnít find where it came from.

Judging from the size it looks important.

Maybe it was kicked up from the road? But seems unlikely.

Any ideas?

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Old 12-10-2018, 01:12 PM   #2
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Looks like the nut that holds the shock absorber onto the stud.
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Old 12-10-2018, 01:33 PM   #3
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Found a nut sitting on the step

Those steps look like the same steps that are used on my 72, if so, the steps themselves wont use a nut like that anywhere, not even in the mounting.

If your trailer was an Airstream, (maybe it is, I donít know), I might be inclined to think the nut fell from the belly pan onto the step while you were driving, and I might attribute it to a nut that was dropped and lost in the assembly process of the trailer.

That would be my best guess.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:03 PM   #4
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It looks like the nut on the bottom end of the threaded rod that holds the propane tanks.
I'll guess it was defective so tossed into the belly pan at the factory, then vibrated/bounced until it found it's way out.
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Old 12-10-2018, 02:43 PM   #5
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It looks like the nut on the bottom end of the threaded rod that holds the propane tanks.
I'll guess it was defective so tossed into the belly pan at the factory, then vibrated/bounced until it found it's way out.


Or someone dropped it by mistake. (We should only assume the worst from professional politicians and other lawyers. )

(Look for the humor)
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Old 12-10-2018, 06:51 PM   #6
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Looks like the nut that holds the shock absorber onto the stud.


That was it. The nut on rear shock, curbside was missing. It must have dropped off going down the road, bounced, and landed on the step. What are the odds?

The nut on the bottom of the same shock was loose, but still there. The other 6 were snug. I put the loose ones back on, just snug, with thread-locker just in case.
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Impressive call SpinWhite.

Nice!!
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For a minute, I thought you or my wife caught me sitting on the step ......sometimes you feel like a nut ....sometimes you don't ...
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Looks like the nut that holds the shock absorber onto the stud.
Great diagnostic evaluation. 👍
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Looks like the nut that holds the shock absorber onto the stud.
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Iíve had two shock absorber retaining nuts go missing. They are 1/2Ē stainless flange nuts. Lucky landing spot. They need a corresponding fender washer to be right. I bet that wasnít next to the nut, eh?
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Play the lottery, your a lucky person not only for finding the nut , but then finding where it came from that could have had a catastrophic effect on you and yours. Safe travels.
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I worked in a firehouse for 30 years.

We had a couple of guys that would crawl around under a truck for hours to find where a nut laying in the floor under a truck came from, then argue about the solution.

I am not to proud to admit I may gave dropped one or two over the years just to watch the show.


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One of the more fascinating sailboat racing ploys is to do the following:

Obtain a common used silicon bronze large Phillips oval head wood screw. Drill a pilot hole into a nice piece of mahogany. Partially run the screw in with a worn and damaged hand screwdriver, and bugger up the head a bit. Then take a large claw hammer, and pull the screw out of the wood, so it leaves splinters of wood in the threads. Keep this prepared screw in your pocket.

During a race, when you are rounding the final buoy close-hauled and upwind of your closest competitor, toss the screw into his sail, so it will silently slide down, fall off, and land on his deck with a bang. This will immediately give the skipper a start, and he will logically conclude that something has come adrift in his standing rigging, with imminent total failure, and dismasting not far behind.

He will immediately lose concentration on the race at hand, direct his entire crew to visually inspect ALL the rigging, and at that point, he will be completely out of the race... All you need to do at that point is to cross the finish line in an expeditious fashion.
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I didnít notice whether or not the washer was still on the bolt. Probably not. I will have to check in the morning and if necessary get a washer.

Anybody know how much to tighten the nut? I went about 1/2 turn past snug.
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