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    Tie down rings in garage

    A few days ago I decided to remove the cargo rings in the garage of my 09 Cyclone, clean them up in the blast cabinet and paint them. Turns out that I'm glad I did because some of the attaching hardware for the cargo rings were corroded pretty bad. Don't think it would have been long before my 1000 pound motorcycle would have broke loose a tie down so think I'll put this on the inspection list for every couple years. See attached pictures
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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    Have to make a note of this and replace the screws with something that will not rust. Better yet Heartland ought to do this!

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    WOW. I have a 2012 Cyclone. Will have to keep an eye on this too. Maybe replace the bolts with non rusting kind!!!!
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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    How's the material around the bolts?


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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    Quote Originally Posted by whp4262 View Post
    A few days ago I decided to remove the cargo rings in the garage of my 09 Cyclone, clean them up in the blast cabinet and paint them. Turns out that I'm glad I did because some of the attaching hardware for the cargo rings were corroded pretty bad. Don't think it would have been long before my 1000 pound motorcycle would have broke loose a tie down so think I'll put this on the inspection list for every couple years. See attached pictures

    Interesting. Has the floor aver been wet?
    An inch of plywood in the garage, and it looks like most of the corrosion is were the screws were in wood.
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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    I'm the second owner so not sure what may have happened before I bought it but I haven't noticed any indication of water damage anywhere in the coach. The previous owner did have carpet in the garage and I think that May have contributed to the problem. The floor is solid but it did seem a little swelled in the bolt holes. I ran a drill bit in the holes just to clean them up and installed stainless screws when I put the tie downs back in.


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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    Don't forget that having two unlike metals touching each other will speed the corrosion process. But that does look BAD.

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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    OP - did you use nuts and lock washers with your replacement screws?

    The screws you took out are self tappers.
    Screws, washers and nuts should be used once you remove the originals when they are corroded like that.

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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    Quote Originally Posted by porthole View Post
    OP - did you use nuts and lock washers with your replacement screws?

    The screws you took out are self tappers.
    Screws, washers and nuts should be used once you remove the originals when they are corroded like that.

    McMaster-Carr.com is an excellent site for hardware.
    No I didn't use nuts and lock washers. Ran a tap in each hole to clean up the threads and installed stainless screws, you can get to the back side of some of the screws but not all of them without taking out the gas tank etc.

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    Re: Tie down rings in garage

    Quote Originally Posted by whp4262 View Post
    No I didn't use nuts and lock washers. Ran a tap in each hole to clean up the threads and installed stainless screws, you can get to the back side of some of the screws but not all of them without taking out the gas tank etc.
    Those self tappers originally installed are "almost" 1/4-20, but not quite. Your call, but I would add nuts and lock washers or Ny-loks.

    BTW, you can get to the screws above the tank by just dropping it a bit, you don't have to pull it all the way down. Helps to be flexible.
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