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Old 06-13-2017, 10:28 AM   #1
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Screw to hold bumper storage closed

Hello, on the bumper of our 1970 Airstream International we have two screw holes to hold the bumper storage compartment closed. We have one of the screws, but I'm not sure where to find another one. I've thought about just taking the screw I've got to Home Depot or Lowes and try to match the threading, but if I could get one like the original one I would prefer that. This one is taller and easy to turn with my fingers. Any thoughts?
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true value stores have a much better selection of hundreds of different kinds of screws and bolts
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Old 05-18-2018, 02:37 PM   #3
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What MontyV said. And you'll be able to buy just one or two, not a package of 25.
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Hello, on the bumper of our 1970 Airstream International we have two screw holes to hold the bumper storage compartment closed. We have one of the screws, but I'm not sure where to find another one. I've thought about just taking the screw I've got to Home Depot or Lowes and try to match the threading, but if I could get one like the original one I would prefer that. This one is taller and easy to turn with my fingers. Any thoughts?
Would you mind posting a photo of the screw and where the screw goes through the lid?

I only remember a cam latch for bumper storage lids,
Like this>
http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...+storage+latch
Or this>
http://odmrv.com/catalog/index.php?m...roducts_id=642

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I looked at a 1970 Owners Manual. There is a photo of the bumper storage that shows the cam latch, like those in the links above. So the screw that you have now was not original equipment.
Look on page 39>
https://www.airstream.com/wp-content...0110i.arc_.pdf
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Sounds unique so how abut a picture with something as a size reference in the picture
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I have the same screw in my bumper lid. There's a threaded hole in top of the frame rail for it screw into, and it's spring loaded so it pops up when you unscrew it.
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Looks like a proprietary 1/4 20 thumb screw. Not a likelihood you will find it on a retail shelf.

Look for Wing head thumb screw.
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How about a 1/4x20 Allen head cap screw? You can get them in stainless steel.
Won't be spring loaded but would certainly look the part and keep the lid closed.
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I have the same screw in my bumper lid. There's a threaded hole in top of the frame rail for it screw into, and it's spring loaded so it pops up when you unscrew it.
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I learned something new, again.
I've never seen that before on an Airstream.

I found several similar, but no exact replacement.
I searched for "Knurled head captive panel screw"

Add a spring with a nylock nut beneath the lid and it should work the same
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