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Old 12-14-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Propane strap -Jayco Jayflight 5th wheel trailer

The metal strap that holds one of the propane tanks in place broke and the strap was attached to the wall with a screw and nut, with the nut behind the wall. The only way I can see to reattach the strap is with a large metal screw in the metal sheeting wall as I can not get behind the wall to use a screw and nut. I am questioning the durability of this fix.

Has anybody experienced a similar problem and what other solutions were employed?.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:36 PM   #2
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Mac, I'm replying only because I don't see any suggestions yet. I don't know exactly what you are dealing with but if the propane tank is in a compartment you may have a couple of options to increase the strength of your connection. You could try screwing the strap in a couple of different locations, doubling your purchase area. If you do that don't reef the strap too tight, just enough to secure the tank. You could also screw a larger and heavier piece of sheet metal to the area where the strap attaches and then screw your strap through both layers of metal. I hope this helps.
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Old 12-15-2013, 07:05 PM   #3
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How about using an anchor insert that expands on the unseen side, that has a threaded machine screw or epoxy (J,B Weld) a threaded insert in place. If needed you could beef up the wall thickness by epoxying a thicker piece of metal to the wall where the fastener will go. Just a thought.
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:22 PM   #4
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How about using an anchor insert that expands on the unseen side, that has a threaded machine screw or epoxy (J,B Weld) a threaded insert in place. If needed you could beef up the wall thickness by epoxying a thicker piece of metal to the wall where the fastener will go. Just a thought.
Depending on the wall constructions a Rivet Nut would work. A rivet nut in concept is very similar to a pop rivet in concept. It does use a different tool than a pop rivetor.

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I suggest you loosen the screw to see if the bolt is actually a sheet metal screw- Sheet metal screws are more commonly used in our rvs than nuts and bolts- JMHO- DD
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Old 12-16-2013, 06:46 PM   #6
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Depending on the wall constructions a Rivet Nut would work. A rivet nut in concept is very similar to a pop rivet in concept. It does use a different tool than a pop rivetor.

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Depending on the wall constructions a Rivet Nut would work. A rivet nut in concept is very similar to a pop rivet in concept. It does use a different tool than a pop rivetor.

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