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#1 Monique & Wayne

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 03:51 PM

I have removed the spare tire from the back of my '11 SD. A lot of posts have been made about this and I agree that it is a good idea. My question is: Can I unscrew the threaded rod from the fiberglass shell without damageing my Casita? There has been a lot of discussion on this but I have not been able to find a "how to" on the rod removal except for cutting it off. Before I put my channel locks on it, I thought I better ask you experienced "Casita Gurus" before I screw something up. :blink:
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#2 Us burros

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:29 PM

On our '05 it's a carriage bolt. I had it out for a while. You will have to cut a slit in the wall carpeting for it to come out.

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#3 Dodgeman

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:34 PM

I have removed the spare tire from the back of my '11 SD. A lot of posts have been made about this and I agree that it is a good idea. My question is: Can I unscrew the threaded rod from the fiberglass shell without damageing my Casita? There has been a lot of discussion on this but I have not been able to find a "how to" on the rod removal except for cutting it off. Before I put my channel locks on it, I thought I better ask you experienced "Casita Gurus" before I screw something up. :blink:


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#4 borderbrae

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 04:45 PM

My 2000 already had a slit right up the middle of the back carpeting so locating the end of the bolt and drawing it out was a very simple job. After I was done I just tucked the carpeting back where it had been. After I removed it (before putting the carpet back) I plugged the hole with a piece of dowel and lots of silicon caulk on both sides, then I put one of the snap caps over the hole on the outside, again with plenty of silicon. It's been fine and water tight so far.

Edited by borderbrae, 31 January 2012 - 04:45 PM.

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#5 Monique & Wayne

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Posted 31 January 2012 - 06:20 PM

Thanks Everybody, I will try it tomorrow. See ya'll on the road.

Wayne
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