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Old 01-28-2009, 02:19 PM   #1
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Rubber Nutserts for Awning Brackets

SMB uses these black rubber compression anchors to hang the awning brackets on the van. Does anyone have any idea what type SMB uses? What size they are? Where you can get them or what tool is used to press them into the sheet metal?

I've searched like a madman and only came up with pictures... but don't have any specs.
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Old 01-28-2009, 06:03 PM   #2
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Re: Rubber Nutserts for Awning Brackets

I put an awning on a friend's Vanagon a few months ago. I used "rivnuts" from McMaster Carr. I think i used 5 mm ones since his van is all metric. I didnt want to drill holes that were 6 MM, so i just used 3 rivnuts per bracket and i made 4 brackets. i have pics of this installation and will post to the gallery later. The tool to use is expensive, but i had one for other uses. they might have a tool available which you can use with 2 wrenches rather than the tool i have. when you get onto mcmaster site, look for 'rivet nuts'. they have them with a rubber seal that touches the van body. they seemed to work ok....no complaints yet.
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Old 01-28-2009, 09:54 PM   #3
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Re: Rubber Nutserts for Awning Brackets

They are actually called "well-nuts" and available at most hardware stores (I know that Orchard Supply Stores stock them, as well as McMaster-Carr and SMB if you want to order them). As for the size. SMB used two different sizes throughout the years, early models used a 1/4"-20 size (bolt has a 7/16 hex head) in a 1/2" dia hole, while the later models use a 5/16"-18 size (bolt has a 1/2" hex head) in a 5/8" dia hole. You do not need any special tool to install these, the rubber grips the van body as you tighten the bolt.

Very early model SMB's did use "rivnuts", installation does require a special tool as mentioned by Skrivan.

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