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Old 04-19-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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While I was taking a closer look at the tongue and hitch on the Fiber Stream, I noticed that there are three small nails poking out through the fiberglass shell at the bottom front of the camper.
Any ideas? I'm tempted to pound them back in even with the shell and do a fiberglass resin or epoxy repair. I am shuddering to think of the possibilities for moisture to get inside when running down a wet highway, for instance.
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Old 04-19-2010, 09:00 PM   #2
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I noticed that there are three small nails poking out through the fiberglass shell at the bottom front of the camper.
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This is difficult to figure out. Can you post a picture? Do you know what is on the other side of the fiberglass in that spot? IF they are truly nails and not screws, and what you see are the heads and not the tails, I would be tempted to pull them out, not pound them in.
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Frederick,
I can't post a photo until tomorrow when I can get back to the camper. Part of the problem is that I just noticed this as I was getting ready to leave and go to work. I didn't have time to go inside again and figure out what the nails go through. They ARE nails, and the tails are sticking out the front of the fiberglass shell. I probably wasn't clear enough in my last post.
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Old 04-20-2010, 01:45 PM   #4
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Rather than pounding them back in.....since you are going to repair the fiberglass anyway, why not grind the nails flush with the fiberglass and then fiberglass the spots.

If you pound them back in, you will be loosening whatever "piece" they were designed to keep tight.

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Old 04-20-2010, 03:24 PM   #5
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I highly doubt using nails through fiberglass for any reason would ever make any sense. I'd say that before doing anything else it's fairly important to figure out why they were put there in the first place, and find a better way to fasten whatever's on the other side so they can be removed altogether. Good luck!
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Agreed, Daniel. I would want to see what was done, and why, and then improve the situation (which, if they are nails, not doubt needs improvement).

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Here's a photo I took this afternoon. You can see two of the three nails. Look to the far right of the photo to see the second one.
I can't figure out what they are holding inside. It must be some trim or edging or something. I will need to look inside the two seat cabinets I think. I won't have time for that until this weekend.
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I can't figure out what they are holding inside.
[b]I will need to look inside the two seat cabinets I think.
It looks like a previous owner was trying to secure the bench [b]frames, which the factory only attached to the floor farther back in that area. There is no support or framework within the curved area. The size of the nails suggest to me that the bench came loose at some time in the past. If you just pound them back in without having someone inside putting opposing pressure against the bench, you risk lifting the bench up off of the floor.
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