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Old 07-24-2016, 04:55 PM   #1
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After Market Step Brace

We made it to Maine. Love the Lobster and cool nights. We installed the pictured brace to help us at night. It's real loose after 3 months. Won't snug up. What do we do to get it tight - glue? TIA....
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How did you install that?
I was thinking of adding one to our trailer, but never did as I did not know where there would be enough support in the wall to hold it. I isn't much behind the fiberglass to screw into unless you have reinforced areas specifically meant for that type of handle.
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Old 07-27-2016, 04:25 PM   #3
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I'm pretty sure you have to through bolt those. You will need to drill through the sidewall into the interior. Then you use a wood or metal plate on the inside so it can't pull through.

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My brother did this. He used lag screws and a full coating of 3M fast cure marine adhesive. You'll delaminate and tear the fiberglass before you break the adhesive.

Since you're not pulling on it (I.E. using it like a grab handle) this will work fine.

3M Marine Adhesive Sealant 5200 Fast Cure White, 06535, 1 oz tube (Pack of 1) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B003E1ULRE..._hAtMxbCK5JGR7


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Old 07-27-2016, 05:43 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure you have to through bolt those. You will need to drill through the sidewall into the interior. Then you use a wood or metal plate on the inside so it can't pull through.

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That is exactly how it should be installed. If one were to stumble on the steps and grab that rail for support, if it were not through bolted it would rip whatever it was screwed to apart.

Someone sooner or later will pull or brace their body weight on the grab rail. I have small handles on my trailer and they are almost useless. I'm gong to install these type grab rails.

Heck my outdoor grill bracket had five 3/4" screws holding it in, just through the fiberglass. I noticed it fell off and is hanging by one screw. I'll reattach it after I fill the holes with epoxy. I'll use some 5200 marine sealer on it when I screw it back in place.
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"Since you're not pulling on it (I.E. using it like a grab handle) this will work fine."


Who said they wouldn't use it like a grab handle? After all that is what it is, a grab handle.

It would be/is a hazard if it can't support someone using it to grab and pull their weight up the stairs. Why else have one at all?
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I've never seen anyone use that to "pull their weight up the stairs" ... all I have ever seen anyone use it for is a handrail to assist in balance.

But... whatever works for you....
Drill through the wall - by all means.

Ours has survived four years, several adults, and who knows how many toddlers and kids going up/down, in/out who knows how many thousands of times. That's good enough for me.


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"Since you're not pulling on it (I.E. using it like a grab handle) this will work fine."


Who said they wouldn't use it like a grab handle? After all that is what it is, a grab handle.

It would be/is a hazard if it can't support someone using it to grab and pull their weight up the stairs. Why else have one at all?
I have to agree with this, a stumble or a fall against this not installed solid could be bad. My 3 yr old was swinging off of ours last trip. I told her to stop but at least it didn't rip out of the wall
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I've never seen anyone use that to "pull their weight up the stairs" ... all I have ever seen anyone use it for is a handrail to assist in balance.

But... whatever works for you....
Drill through the wall - by all means.

Ours has survived four years, several adults, and who knows how many toddlers and kids going up/down, in/out who knows how many thousands of times. That's good enough for me.


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I would be pulling my weight up the stairs. With my handicaps, I would have to.
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Mine came with the unit and is sturdy enough to use to pull up if needed. It could be that there is a "sweet" spot in there that has some bracing for it inside. I would think that there is nothing different about its construction with or without so I'm thinking it's just a matter of locating the strong spot.

The way it's constructed will not allow side motion without folding left or right. We close it over the screen door to discourage the pups from opening the screen if we are outside and when traveling it's also used to keep the door from popping open for some reason.

I don't care for the thru bolt idea but agree if it's not stable, it may be needed.
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