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Old 04-21-2019, 03:34 PM   #1
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Hey folks, any idea what this bracket is for? It's on the side of our '81 Scamp, and it's a shoulder-jabber, I'd like to remove it. I think I'm going to have to Dremel it off, though, since the screws are apparently anchored with nuts, they just spin.
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Hey folks, any idea what this bracket is for? It's on the side of our '81 Scamp, and it's a shoulder-jabber, I'd like to remove it. I think I'm going to have to Dremel it off, though, since the screws are apparently anchored with nuts, they just spin.
My guess is that it was installed by the previous owner to hold something. If it is held on by free spinning nuts can you not open the lower compartment and get a box wrench on the nut from below?
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That bracket could have been a mast antenna mount. Is/was the previous owner a ham operator? Or maybe a flag pole?
Try to get to the bolts from the inside and if the rat fur gets in the way of a box wrench, you can try a pair of visegrips.
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Bracket for some sort of mini shade awning covering the refrigerator venting or perhaps a fan mount to pull air thru?
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My guess is that it was installed by the previous owner to hold something. If it is held on by free spinning nuts can you not open the lower compartment and get a box wrench on the nut from below?
I wasn't seeing an obvious way to get to the back side, as you can see, the panel it's attached to is installed with rivets.
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That bracket could have been a mast antenna mount. Is/was the previous owner a ham operator? Or maybe a flag pole?
Try to get to the bolts from the inside and if the rat fur gets in the way of a box wrench, you can try a pair of visegrips.
I had to look that one up, I was sure you had mistyped.

But yes, an old antenna mount was my guess. I'll see if I can't reach up from the lower panel. Otherwise I'll probably just Dremel the damned thing off.
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That's an interesting theory. If such an awning exists, we haven't come across it.
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Hey folks, any idea what this bracket is for? It's on the side of our '81 Scamp, and it's a shoulder-jabber, I'd like to remove it. I think I'm going to have to Dremel it off, though, since the screws are apparently anchored with nuts, they just spin.
That lower louvered panel opens with a thumb latch, Open that, and reach up,
It looks like the fridge area.
Otherwise your dremel tool is a great tool.
Kinda like the Pelican….

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He can hold in his beak, enough food for a week.
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A wonderful bird is the Pelican
His mouth can hold more than his belly can.
He can hold in his beak, enough food for a week.
But, I'm damned if I know how the hell he can.
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I wasn't seeing an obvious way to get to the back side, as you can see, the panel it's attached to is installed with rivets.
Yes, but the panel below it has a twist latch and likely opens. If the bracket is attached with nuts that are now free-turning, whoever installed the bracket probably drilled out rivers, attached the bracket with bolts and reached up from below to apply the nuts. I suspect the lower louvre that opens is access to the refrigerator and the riveted louvre is venting warm air out of the compartment.
It would be better to attempt removal; using a Dremel would leave a projection that could cause skin injuries under certain circumstances.
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