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wclogger1

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Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« on: April 17, 2017, 02:13:53 PM »
I have a 2005 Journey 36G that has loose body to frame bolts. Has anyone had this problem? And if so how did you access the bolt heads to to hold them. I can access the nuts no problem but haven't found how to get to the heads.
I asked Winnebago and they sent me drawings of the body mount but no tips on how to get to the heads.
Tks, Bob
2005 Journey 36G, 2015 GMC 1500, Blue Ox, C7 Cat,

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Re: Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2017, 07:09:14 AM »
That's a new one on me, never heard of the problem before. Let me see what I can find out.
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wclogger1

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Re: Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2017, 10:19:37 AM »
I have searched but no luck. I can see where others have broken welds on the brackets but not just loose. If I get stuck I think I can hold the threaded ends with vise grips but I would rather do it correctly if I can.
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cbeierl

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Re: Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« Reply #3 on: April 19, 2017, 10:43:55 AM »
I have searched but no luck. I can see where others have broken welds on the brackets but not just loose. If I get stuck I think I can hold the threaded ends with vise grips but I would rather do it correctly if I can.

If you need to grab the end I would be inclined to try one of the following instead of vise grips (which would mangle the threads):
  • If the bolt is long enough, use two additional nuts tightened against each other on the end of the bolt
  • File a flat on two opposing sides of the bolt end, allowing use of a crescent wrench on the end without destroying the threads
Chris Beierl
2005 Winnebago Vectra 36RD

wincom6

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Re: Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« Reply #4 on: April 19, 2017, 10:50:29 AM »
  When I had this problem, Winnebago suggested spot welding another nut below the loose one and using 2 wrenches to tighten the loose one.  My cousin thought using an pneumatic impact wrench may tighten it.  Well I was lucky and the impact wrench worked and I put another nut behind it to make sure it didnít happen again. 
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wincom6

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Re: Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« Reply #5 on: April 19, 2017, 11:00:44 AM »
http://www.rvforum.net/SMF_forum/index.php/topic,59479.msg546936.html#msg546936

Take a look at this information from 2012 when I had this problem.
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wclogger1

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Re: Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« Reply #6 on: April 22, 2017, 11:19:49 AM »
Thanks for suggestions and the link from wincom6. I had searched but did not try carriage bolts. I have found "1/2 nuts" or "lock nuts" that are thinner so will try doubling those. And then possibly try tacking a nut or grinding flats. Thanks again for your help.
Bob
2005 Journey 36G, 2015 GMC 1500, Blue Ox, C7 Cat,

cbeierl

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Re: Winnebago journey loose body bolts
« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2017, 05:16:32 PM »
If you need to grab the end I would be inclined to try one of the following instead of vise grips (which would mangle the threads):
  • If the bolt is long enough, use two additional nuts tightened against each other on the end of the bolt
  • File a flat on two opposing sides of the bolt end, allowing use of a crescent wrench on the end without destroying the threads

Having seen the other posts I think I would give the impact wrench a try before either of these.
Chris Beierl
2005 Winnebago Vectra 36RD

 

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