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Old 01-20-2015, 07:32 PM   #51
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Maybe we need to inspect or tour other units at Osoyoos to make a logical conclusion if it is the screw or type of install or some other variable involved. I'll volunteer mine to start.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:48 PM   #52
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Took a quick look at mine this am and saw what looks like surface rust on the screws for the kitchen window. Dropped ETI a note about new screws. Got a reply " the rusty screws in question on the forum were from a bad batch and should only include trailers built within the last 3-4 months". Guess I take a closer look in tomorrow as mine in from June.

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Old 01-20-2015, 09:07 PM   #53
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I sent an email requesting new screws. Reace asked for some pictures to look over.

And this is my justification:
I would like to replace them for 2 reasons: people sitting at the dinette and bed can get rust stains on their clothing and the condensation drips will result in the rust staining the window frame … and vinyl eventually

I plan to 'tip them' with bar soap and they should tap back in easily.
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Old 01-20-2015, 10:38 PM   #54
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There're several grades of stainless steel. I doubt window mounting screws are made with the same surgical grade stainless as operating room instruments.
Still, one shouldn't have to pay much for a box of 100 stainless steel # 8 screws. I don't see this as a big deal. Think of it as maintainence or an easy mod!
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Old 01-20-2015, 11:26 PM   #55
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I dunno 'bout that, my dad's 1955 Buick survived 3 teenage boys and was still going strong with about 100K miles on the clock when I went into the service.
The 1970's were probably a quality low point, with earlier products perhaps tougher (although poor performers by current standards)... but our family's 1958 Pontiac essentially dissolved when we moved to a place were road salt was used; every car I've owned has out-lasted that Pontiac. There are so many aspects to quality...
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:02 AM   #56
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Got a reply " the rusty screws in question on the forum were from a bad batch and should only include trailers built within the last 3-4 months".
Mine was made within that time period. That makes me a bit nervous but I'll have to wait and see if any rust developes.

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I sent an email requesting new screws.
I don't blame you. Those are some ugly looking screws for a relatively new trailer. When was it made?
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Old 01-21-2015, 09:13 AM   #57
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Got a reply " the rusty screws in question on the forum were from a bad batch and should only include trailers built within the last 3-4 months". Guess I take a closer look in tomorrow as mine in from June.
I've got dirt on my trailer that's older than that. Since I had a July 3rd pickup date, I'll just keep an eye on the screws as well. I've taken a couple of the windows out of my Scamp a half-dozen times. Replacing screws shouldn't be a major problem. If you decide to go with SS, be sure to put a plastic/teflon washer under the screw head, otherwise you may end up with galling and that would be worse than some rusty screws.
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I sent an email requesting new screws. Reace asked for some pictures to look over.

And this is my justification:
I would like to replace them for 2 reasons: people sitting at the dinette and bed can get rust stains on their clothing and the condensation drips will result in the rust staining the window frame … and vinyl eventually

I plan to 'tip them' with bar soap and they should tap back in easily.
Rather than go to the effort of replacing the screws, I think that I would take a small brush and a can of black Rustoleum paint, and put a dab over each of the screws. Should look fine afterwards.

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Rather than go to the effort of replacing the screws, I think that I would take a small brush and a can of black Rustoleum paint, and put a dab over each of the screws. Should look fine afterwards.
You beat me to the suggestion I was just about to make. That is what I would try anyway.
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Everbilt #10 x 3/4 in. Stainless-Steel Pan-Head Phillips Drive Sheet Metal Screw (25-Piece)-800202 - The Home Depot

12 dollars ought to set you up with 100 pcs.
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