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Old 07-25-2017, 08:11 PM   #1
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I'm replacing a side window and would like to use ss screws. What kind and size do I use. Thank you
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Old 07-25-2017, 08:42 PM   #2
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Hi Becky,

Take one of your old screws out and take it with you to the hardware store to compare and get the right size. Lowe's handles some stainless steel fasteners. Having said that, if the screw hole is "eaten out" or deteriorated I sometimes go with the next size up in diameter. Be careful about using a longer screw that could go all the way through to the interior of the trailer. I also like to dip a screw threads in the window caulking (you will be using fresh caulking to seal the window) to make sure the screw hole is sealed.
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I'm replacing a side window and would like to use ss screws. What kind and size do I use. Thank you
Hi: BeckyK... Be careful using S/S screws. You'll have dis similar metals and could end up with a corrosion issue. If you do use them, also use thin nylon washers to isolate the screw heads from the window frame.
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Assuming your camper windows were assembled similar to vintage Boler 13s (rivets or sheet metal screws into raw fiberglass), you could use relatively short (maybe 1" pan head sheet metal screws). Alternatively you could use machine screws paired with nylock nuts and washers. This alternative would address the problem of dealing with various sized holes in the the fiberglass.
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