Door Open Clip Thingy - Fiberglass RV


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Old 04-14-2014, 08:00 PM   #1
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Door Open Clip Thingy

Hello all my helpful friends-
Our 1999 Casita has a clip to hold the door in the open position.
Our enormous dog whacked into it, and pulled the rivets right out of the door. It had 6 rivets in it, but I'm not sure that that was the original setup.
Has anyone come up with a good, sturdy fix for this? Of course the holes in the door are now larger than they should be, as they were pulled right out.
Thanks in advance for any and all ideas!
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Old 04-14-2014, 09:43 PM   #2
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It must be similar to the one Scamp uses. If what you have now are oversize holes in the door and you can see the through, use screws, nuts and oversize washers. If it was held with pop rivets in blind holes, you may need to fill the holes with epoxy, pre-drill and use wood screws to reattach it.
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Old 04-14-2014, 10:10 PM   #3
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You could weld a bit larger plate to the back of the original to relocate the rivets while at the same time covering the damage which you could fill with kitty hair or silicone if you felt it necessary.
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Make an aluminum patch to rivet over the damaged holes and rivet hold open piece to it, just an idea
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HA! Floyd & I are thinking almost alike!!
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Our enormous dog whacked into it
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fill with kitty hair
Me thinks that enormous dogs and kitty hair will not go well together.
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thank you everybody...

Floyd-Is kitty hair a slang for something else, or do you really use kitty hair as a binder? Because, I have lots of kitty hair around.
Roy-Actually the enormous dog doesn't have any problem with the kittys, they don't mind him either, unless he steps on them!
I have attached a pic of Digby, the giant doofus. Husband Mike is underneath, and Snickers (cat) is there, too.
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If blind holes I would go with the fill with epoxy, re-drill and re-rivet. Having the clip over the holes no one will see the patching so it just has to be solid not pretty.
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Floyd-Is kitty hair a slang for something else, or do you really use kitty hair as a binder? Because, I have lots of kitty hair around.
Roy-Actually the enormous dog doesn't have any problem with the kittys, they don't mind him either, unless he steps on them!
I have attached a pic of Digby, the giant doofus. Husband Mike is underneath, and Snickers (cat) is there, too.
Kitty Hair and Tiger Hair are two different fiberglass reinforcing compounds from the same company the difference is strand size.
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I'd push an awl or sharp nail from the outside through the carpeting in the closet to locate where the rivets came through, add a backer board, then re-attach the clip using stainless steel bolts and fender washers (on the inside), using a good marine sealer under the plate to seal around the holes.

Had to do that when my lower awning bracket by the door ripped loose.

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