Replacing casita grab handle - Fiberglass RV


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Old 10-07-2019, 08:11 PM   #1
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Replacing casita grab handle

My original grab handle broke, ordered a new one. Today we were going to install it but it seems there is a nut on the back of the fiberglass that the new bolts donít go into. So no way to support the screw from the back side of the wall..not stable! I have a Liberty Deluxe, so the location of the back of the handle is in the microwave cabinet.
I think I could poke a ice pick through the hole, through the rat fur, put a washer and a nut in place and hold it in position while husband puts the screw through. The idea being making something for the bolt to go into, through the fiberglass and rat fur...making a more secure handle.
When others have replaced the grab handle there was no mention of not having anything to fasten the bolt to....
Did I miss something? Am I overthinking this or am I on the right track.
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Old 10-07-2019, 08:48 PM   #2
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You have to pull the microwave, I just did this on my Casita Freedom.
The best rivets I found are on Amazon for kayaks, they are black and work perfect
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Old 10-08-2019, 07:47 AM   #3
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Just recently replaced my 11 year old Dometic microwave. While I had it out I took a few pictures of the inside of the MW cabinet.
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Old 10-08-2019, 03:01 PM   #4
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When I replaced mine I saw on a post where you cut a little slit in the carpet after feeling where the nut is. Instead of using the original screws I went to the hardware store and got a couple of stainless steel allen bolts the same length as the original screws and a couple of fender washers which are much wider than a regular flat washer and I was able to reach around the open door and get it mounted myself. My handle didn't break it just seemed that I was always trying to keep the mold cleaned off so I just got a black handle.
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Old 10-08-2019, 05:11 PM   #5
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Grab handle-black?

Good idea on the black handle. That could improve the look !
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