Boler awning rail modification - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-30-2015, 10:55 AM   #1
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Boler awning rail modification

This weekend I discovered that my awning rail has popped 4 rivets and separated from the trailer body. This is at the front of the trailer, so I guess the wind pressure from the awning bag may have had something to do with it. I went ahead and did a quickie rivet to lay the rail back down to get it home. I don't think this trailer ever had an awning bag before, so it did not take long for the c-rail to pop off the trailer leaving little holes in the fiberglass.

However, a friend suggested that instead of securing the metal c-rail directly back to the trailer, I would want to add a second metal rail between the body and the c-rail. This second rail would support the weight of the awning bag and be more secure than the simple c-rail attached to the fiberglass. The metal rail could just be angle iron, I think.

Has anyone done such a modification? It seems like a good idea and would not cost much.

Thanks for the suggestions, Jamie
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Old 05-30-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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Use peel rivets, they expand more
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Use peel rivets, they expand more
Yep, I was going to say you probably used the wrong rivets to begin with. I used peel rivets when I installed my awning rail over two years ago and it is still where it belongs and not pulling away.
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:04 AM   #4
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Sounds like Jamie has a bag awning that would be on the rail while traveling, therefore extra stress on the rail and rivets
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