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Exterior Screws
#1
The Phillips head screws that attach the molding onto the sides of my Newell loosen over time. I'm wondering if anybody else has this problem and have you found a solution?? I replaced a few of them with stainless steel screws because they were slightly rusty.
1993 Newell 45' 8V92,towing an Imperial open trailer. FMCA#232958 '67 Airstream Overlander 27' '67GTO,'76TransAm,'52Chevy panel, 2000 Corvette "Lingenfelter"modified, '13 Grand Cherokee.
#2
I have tightened many over the years by putting steel wool in the holes and then screwing the original screws back in.
94 Newell #365, 2009 Smart, 2005 500SL, 2012 ML350, 1934 Ford Streetrod Golf Cart, 1958 Century Coronado, 1965 Cruisers Inc. Car and Boat CrazyTongue
#3
What about using LocTite on them? I noticed there were some loose screws (besides the crew) on our new coach...
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
#4
remove screw, fill hole with clear silicone and replace screw. Has worked well for me.
#5
Dean,

If it's slightly loose, I will replace with same size stainless, and squirt some Loctite blue on the threads.

If it won't tighten, I size up one diameter, and use an oval head SS stainless. I use the oval head so that the larger head diameter has a smoother look than an oversize flathead would have.
Richard and Rhonda Entrekin
99 Newell, 512
Subaru Outback Toad
Inverness, FL (when we're home Cool )
#6
Don't use caulk/silicone that has acid in it... it will cause rust... I can't remember which caulk does this but I normally stick with the more expensive Sikoflex (or whatever it's called) for anything touching metal... Someone help me out here... I have it in my toolbox but can't remember the name ...
Karen & Adrian Abshire 
1998 2 slide 45' Newell towing a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Unlimited and a 2006 Mercedes SLK320 for wifey. 
Prior: 1985 Foretravel ORED 35, 1988 38' Foretravel U280, 2000 Foretravel 42' U320, 1990 Bluebird Wanderlodge WB40
#7
Thanks guys, I have used Sikoflex on my old Airstream.
1993 Newell 45' 8V92,towing an Imperial open trailer. FMCA#232958 '67 Airstream Overlander 27' '67GTO,'76TransAm,'52Chevy panel, 2000 Corvette "Lingenfelter"modified, '13 Grand Cherokee.
#8
If you can smell a vinegar smell in the sealant you do not want to use it with aluminum as it will eat the metal. Almost all silicon sealants popularly available will have that smell. You can ask specialty houses for a nuetral cure silicon sealant that is safe to use.

I have used WEST epoxy with added silica filler to close up the stripped hole, let cure, redrilled, added a bit of epoxy to the screw thread and reinstalled it. So far so good.
Jon Kabbe
1993 coach 337 with Civic towed
#9
Dear Fellow Newell Friends, For our 1991 # 277 coach, I'm finding drilling and tapping the trim screw holes for 12/24 1.5" stainless steel screws yields a firm mounting that a thread locker will secure. I found both tap and screws at Fastenal. It requires enlarging the countersink in the trim.

Happy cruising!
Danny
#277
#10
I found that the 3m trim tape was not holding well on a couple of my side trim moldings. I removed the molding, caulked the exposed rivets that are under it, and installed new 3m tape. I followed with new stainless steel screws. after filling the screw hole with caulk. I took the advice to not use silicone but I cant remember which caulk I used. Its been a couple years now since I did it. Dannys post reminded me that I hadn't followed up on this thread.


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1993 Newell 45' 8V92,towing an Imperial open trailer. FMCA#232958 '67 Airstream Overlander 27' '67GTO,'76TransAm,'52Chevy panel, 2000 Corvette "Lingenfelter"modified, '13 Grand Cherokee.


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