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Old 10-21-2020, 01:59 PM   #1
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Folding counter extension hinge fail

After our first haul of around 150 miles, one of the two hinge pins came apart on our folding counter extension. It's a two-piece aluminum stud-and-tube unit that's press-fit into place. I managed to squeeze it back into place with channellock pliers. (sorry i didn't take pix)



Some 250 miles later it came apart again. Pretty cheap manufacturing (not Escape's fault). This time I took a length of aluminum wire, hammered it flat, and placed it into the tube before I pressed the stud back in - this should firm it up (I hope).


Has anyone found it necessary to use some hold-down method to keep the counter extension from flapping around (and thus loosening the hinge)?
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Old 10-22-2020, 07:20 AM   #2
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A picture of the hinge would help, it doesn't sound like the same as I had.
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Old 10-22-2020, 08:13 AM   #3
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I believe these are being used https://www.amazon.com/Parker-Foldin...368499&sr=8-87
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Old 10-22-2020, 08:53 AM   #4
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They may be these - I bought some to add another folding shelf and they matched exactly the ones Escape installed.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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Old 10-22-2020, 09:20 AM   #5
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Yes, yours are the right color.....
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Old 10-22-2020, 12:47 PM   #6
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Yes, yours are the right color.....
But I like the price for the ones you linked better! For that much difference in price, maybe a can of brown spray paint?

The grey ones are a little bigger as well - might help with the hinge breaking.
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:06 PM   #7
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That's the one - brown. I suppose a screw-and-bolt solution for a failed hinge pin would work too. Hope yours doesn't break too!
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The hinges I had, same as those shown, never failed in 40k miles. Think I'd try a new set of the same hinges and see how they hold up.
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Old 10-23-2020, 06:39 PM   #9
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I tow with them down and closed, perhaps that may be the solution....
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Old 10-23-2020, 08:28 PM   #10
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I recently had to replace a folding shelf support, but only because I leaned on it with my full weight. They come as a pair and cost about $30 CAD. No biggie.
I leave it in the up position full time.
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https://www.amazon.com/Folding-Brack.../dp/B08576V73K
I suppose 20 in is over kill.
But it is stainless steel.
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Old 10-25-2020, 07:52 AM   #12
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I suppose 20 in is over kill.
But it is stainless steel.
These would not work with the flip up tables. If you notice on the factory ones there is an offset on the horizontal service to allow placement of the shelf so that when open it is flush with the countertop. These do not have that offset.
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