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Old 11-12-2007, 03:28 PM   #1
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HELP! hinge screws loose

The bottom hinge screws are loose on the entrance door to our '98 safari. They seem to be stripped. Any advice on how to repair this would be much appreciated.
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Old 11-13-2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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If they are the same as in my trailer, the hidden nuts behind the skin are not captive, and they just rotate. (Yes, that is very silly). A couple of solutions can be found here:
Doing a search on "hinge" will throw up more reading.
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Old 11-13-2007, 01:20 PM   #3
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Door hinges

The door hinges are held on with a bolt and nut,they just look like screws. The nut has backed off the bolt,go to search and you will find several post on fixes for door hinges
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Old 11-15-2007, 09:44 AM   #4
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Thanks for putting me in the right direction. Bolts floating in the nether regions behind my wall panels. Fun. Fun. At least we know what we are up against.
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Old 11-15-2007, 11:54 AM   #5
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Before digging into the trailer try this. Put a load, screwdriver wedged between thw trailer body and the hinge, on the bolts by appling pressure against the hinge to put a load on the captive nuts behind the wall and try to tighten them while the hinge is loaded. Alternate between the bolts as you tighten about 1/2 turn per bolt to make sure the load remains on the other bolts. What you are tring to do is cause drag on the nut while tightening the bolts against that drag.

If your lucky the bolts will tighten enough that you can then realy Hog Down on them.
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:23 AM   #6
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Howie is right on and couple of drops of blue locktite will prevent them from loosening again. have fun
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Old 11-16-2007, 09:57 AM   #7
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Thanks Guys-
The husband knows what you are saying and is going to try it today. Hope it works!!!!!
- jenn
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Old 11-16-2007, 10:12 AM   #8
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hi tinzilla...

well it won't hurt to try the above...

the proper fix isn't that hard.

it requires drilling out a few rivets on the inner door frame trim and raising the wall covering

then peel back the inner skin over the hinge areas...

then remove the nuts, clean, loctite and secure. additional nut can be added if u like.

another option is to cut a small port hole in the innner skin, over the hinges

again remove, clean, loctite, secure.

then patch inner skin with alum/rivets and glue wall covering back in place.


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