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Old 03-17-2016, 02:15 PM   #1
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Check the capnuts on your awning supports

I noted today that one of my capnuts was missing, creating a potentially ugly situation. I replaced it and checked the others, all loose. Why AS used capnuts instead of locknuts is beyond me. You buy a car or boat and none of the fasteners ever loosen up, but an Airstream???

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Old 03-17-2016, 02:20 PM   #2
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That happened to us..on a leave inspection I spotted one missing and we used good ol duct tape til we bought more at Out of Doors Mart.
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Zipdee, not Airstream


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Old 03-17-2016, 03:40 PM   #4
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Huh? Does ZipDee reside at the Airstream factory installing the awning and the hardware? I can accept that the inferior design might be ZipDee, but it must have been Airstream that did not fully tighten the fasteners.
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Old 03-17-2016, 03:58 PM   #5
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May not be that they were not tightened. We have had a couple of cap nuts come off the rock guards. Hope we get less overall movement with the centromatics...or maybe that is just wishful thinking. In any case, checking bolts and nuts for tightness periodically is not a bad idea. Just don't over tighten the little guys. Pat
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Or ZipDee did not provide fasteners that remain tightened.
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:00 PM   #7
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Yes, things bounce and get loose.
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Old 03-17-2016, 04:15 PM   #8
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A little loctite goes a long way......
there is no such thing as a fastener that stays tight all on its own!
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A little loctite goes a long way......
there is no such thing as a fastener that stays tight all on its own!
Which locktight is "THE ONE" to use? Never used it enough to learn the color code, because most replacement nuts have been the nylocks. Pat
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I'm a fan of blue.
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Blue in this instance.
Red is more permanent and requires application of heat to release.
In a pinch a little drop of superglue can work.
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Blue... matches the AS striping.. =)

Oh.. Red if it heats, vibrates or both... I often have to add some where I want 'extra' grip.. one problem... I have 'twisted' things off while trying to remove a fastener with the red stuff...

Blue.. on most RV/AS metal to metal fastener.. we cannot use on plastic, etc. It would be ideal for the 'caplets'..just put the blue on the screw/bolt threads...jus a 'dab' on the beginning of the threads where the fastener threads on.. it should cover where the 'threads' on regular fastener bolts/screws tighten up.. in other words, if you have a long bolt to run the nut down, put the Loctite where things tighten up.

Example.. on my motorcycles, if I had to run a 'screw' into a place, I would put a drop where the threads made contact.. like halfway down.. this way the screw would clear the part and only make contact at the beginning of the threads.

Same for a nut like a caplet..
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Blue..a very good idea, thanks
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Old 03-18-2016, 09:39 AM   #17
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Cap nuts

Here's the deal with cap nuts. If a cap nut is not bottomed out meaning the stud or bolt actually touching the dome of the nut it is tech not tight and can vibrate loose. This was from a guy from fastenal. He also recommended a light drop of picture blue.
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Loc tite also makes green that works like blue except it is self wicking into threads after installing nuts or screws.
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Got it is. Blue it is - added to the pick up list. Thanks a bunch. Pat
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As an old Harley rider, I have learned over time to love Locktite!
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