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Old 05-24-2016, 12:17 AM   #1
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Where do all the extra screws come from?

Seems like every so often after coming back from a trip when I'm cleaning the trailer out I find an extra screw laying on a cupboard shelf or under the sink or behind the plumbing cover. I've assumed that these were just dropped during the rush to shove my trailer out the door and they've finally bounced out into view. The latest find is the oddest yet I think. While pulling my extra boots out from under the shelf in the bottom of the coat closet I spied about a 1" long screw with a white painted top sitting on the shelf. This is the same screw used to fasten the trim around the bath tub - the only place I've found this type. I've cleaned that closet out completely numerous times and no screws - until this trip. At the rate things are going I predict the trailer will fall apart 25 months after we purchased it....
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Old 05-24-2016, 05:40 AM   #2
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Lol hope it doesn't fall apart on you. I haven't had that experience on my 2.5 year old camper. If you don't see a few holes missing their screws I'd assume they were dropped and just bouncing into view as you had suggested...
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Old 05-24-2016, 06:18 AM   #3
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I wouldn't sweat it. Most everyone we've owned comes with these bonus features. Screws and everything else gets dropped. I've even found tools. Worst one? Went to test the black tank flush on a brand new Tiffin class A. I ALWAYS fill and test the tanks before use. Went to dump the black after filling and saw something in the clear insert between tank and hose. Low and behold, a brand new black tank flush nozzle that had been dropped in the tank at some point. I added it to my collection, and actually had to use it to replace one on the next Motorhome. All the extras come in handy sometimes. Only thing I haven't found a use for is the sawdust.
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....or the Styrofoam balls!

Those screws are for later when you find some missing.
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The sawdust is good for starting your first campfire!!
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And if you've ever peeked into areas where there is wiring you'll see that they also gave you lots more than needed.
Once all of these little bennies are removed you'll have a lighter RV, so carry more beer.
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I'm sure all the extra stuff is figured into the cost somewhere. One of those mandatory options.
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I've been in the factory and watched these units being made. The pace at which they are put together leaves no opportunity for a worker to pick up a dropped screw... it is simply left behind. If it's under a cabinet, bed, bunk, shelf or otherwise it is left behind to be cleaned up later. They are quickly swept out and hooked up and headed to the dealers
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It's a conspiracy. During construction of the trailer, they throw a handful of random-sized screws randomly into the trailer just to mess with us. Those screws eventually work their way loose during travel and we pull our hair out trying to figure out where they came from.

The worst I've heard of: someone had some body work done to their car, and about a month after they got it back, a funky smell was coming from one of the doors. It turned out that someone at the shop had left the remains of their fried chicken lunch in the door cavity before putting the panels back on.
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I'm sure all the extra stuff is figured into the cost somewhere. One of those mandatory options.
Yea, I thing that's the "misc." column on the cost spreadsheet
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