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Old 03-26-2020, 05:04 PM   #1
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Safe to drill into wheel wells? (Mud flaps)

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I'm planning a DIY mud flap installation. I see several people have created a bracket that in turn has been screwed or riveted to the existing aluminum strip at the back of the wheel well.


But - I could make the installation a lot more sturdy if I put a few screws through the flap into the back of the wheel well as well.


What's behind it? We have a 'twin' model so our beds are near the wheels but there's about a 6" space between the foot of the bed and the nearest interior wall.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:09 PM   #2
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Some new information: I will be using 2" screws that came with my flaps, 4 per side. Brand is DeWalt, from Costco.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:36 PM   #3
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Make sure you don't drill into the shower pan.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:46 PM   #4
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Make sure you don't drill into the shower pan.
So if I drill toward the "back" of the wheel well I should be safe? Shower presumably is "up"
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Well this thread was inconclusive but I did it anyway:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...ml#post2345505


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Well this thread was inconclusive but I did it anyway:
https://www.airforums.com/forums/f44...ml#post2345505


Hey! When you take a shower now it will clean your mudflap!
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Hey! When you take a shower now it will clean your mudflap!

I really hope you're joking Those screws are located below the top of the frame. Ugh.



[I went inside the camper to look]


*whew*, no holes in shower!
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*whew*, no holes in shower!
Good job!
From a past thread, the guy presumably used a bracket because his flaps extended outside the wheel well a bit.
So the flaps mounted on an arm and the arm mounted as yours.
I think it's wise to use mud flaps to protect the tank drain controls, as in your photo!
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Yep I did the same type set up. I used the existing rivet holes to mount mine.

Your look great. Nicely done!
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GMFL - I actually used your design for inspiration!



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Yep I did the same type set up. I used the existing rivet holes to mount mine.

Your look great. Nicely done!
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