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For the past couple of years, the entry door of our 1996 Fleetwood Bounder has become hard to open and close….I found that the bottoms of the individual door hinge segments have been wearing down making the door itself ride a little bit lower than originally……. In looking for a solution, I first of all searched for the company that supplied the door, hinges and it’s other various parts to Fleetwood……..Phillips door apparently went out of business a few years back when the economy crashed…….

I tried doing what some others with this same problem did...by placing stainless steel C-clips in between the hinge segments on the hinge pin to raise the door back up…….this only lasted temporarily as the C-clips kept ejecting themselves one by one….I had to find a more permanent solution…….I called an RV junk yard in my area…..Walt’s RV…….they said they might have some hinges but they would probably be in no better shape than the ones I already had…….about that time I saw reference to a company, on this forum, that was making replacement hinges for Fleetwood RV’s…….. www.fleetwoodrvhinges.com....I ordered up a set of three……below is some pictures I took during my install……..as well as a few tips that might help someone else out with the hinge change out on their Fleetwood RV……..

On the inside of the aluminum frame Phillips used a piece of steel sheet metal as a backer plate…..if you simply remove the screws from the hinge on the frame side, this plate will fall down into the bottom of the frame and it will be very difficult to retrieve this backer plate…..this steel backer plate is what is actually holding the hinge screws to the frame in place as the aluminum frame has little holding power due to the thickness of the to the aluminum sheet metal that the frame is made of ..So, the first thing I did was...I went to my local hardware store and bought some #8 (1 ½”) sheetmetal screws…

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Next, I cut the heads off the 4 screws……

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Then I put the screws in a drill motor...and, one at a time with a file I removed the threads on the back half of the screw so the filed portion will pass smoothly through the mounting hole in the hinge …..

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Now I was ready to replace the hinges on the motorhome itslef……one at a time….…no need to remove the whole door from it’s frame…..I then removed one original screw from the frame at a time replacing it with the temporary screws that I just modified……since the temporary screws no longer have a head on them…..I used a pair of vice grips clamped tight to screw them into the hinge….You only need to do 2 of the 3 screws in each of the 2 hinge pieces…..2 on the top and 2 on the bottom…..doing this one at a time the backing plates inside the door frame will be retained in their original location……
Once I had all 4 of the temporary screws in place I removed the screws from the door side of the hinge…..and removed the original hinge all together….

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Then I simply hung the new hinge on the temporary screws and put the original screws back in place starting with the 3rd screw that I took out……..Actually, I used new stainless screws (whenever I take a screw out of this now 16 year old motorhome I try to replace it with a stainless one to reduce the amount of rust factor) but, you could resuse the original screws....

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After I did this whole hinge replacement procedure 3 times I was done…… I went back later and replaced the seal tape that I had to remove to get the old hinges off…..I found the exact same foam rubber seal tape on the Mcmaster-carr website…..


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The new hinges came to me out of the box with a white powder coated finish…..since my Bounder is of the cream colored vintage I scotchbrighted them and rattle can shot them with flat black Rustoleum and then clear coated them with clear gloss by Krylon…….If your RV is mainly white then you can eliminate this step as the finish they come with looks real nice and durable…..

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In conclusion, this was a very doable DIY repair.....the quality of these hinges are superb!...the finish is beautiful!.....I do not ever seeing these hinges being a problem again.....they are much better quality than the OEM hinges, plus, they are rebuildable if ever needed


Any questions....I would be happy answer.....

* This post was last edited 11/19/13 02:37pm by 96Bounder30E *   View edit history


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Great job Eric.

Sure looks easy enough.

I am glad that my hinges are holding up still.

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Excellent write-up! I need to replace the hinges on the door on my 1995 Fleetwood motorhome, your instructions and picture tutorial will make it an easy job!

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Posted: 04/04/13 09:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

very nice

i had a much harder job 20yrs ago with my first MH
i ended up with some very heavy duty piano hinge, full lenght of the door

NO screen door on that RV

no screen door on this BUS ? style front door either


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Good job! Who knew there were backing plates.


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Very good DIY info. I pop-riveted the last aluminum hinge I replaced and, of course, it has since broke. This time I will purchase the stronger and more expensive hinge but use pop-rivets again as they held strong with no movement or visible wear. The pop-rivets were correct for size and application.

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Great write-up. Thanks for taking the time to do the step by step. I wouldn't have known about the backing plates either.

I have the same problem with a 2006 Fleetwood Flair. The current problem is with the bottom hinge, but I am guessing it is only a matter of time until the others fail.

The price for 3 hinges sort of shocked me...$438? but I am assuming no one has found a better solution?

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some new information on the hinge issue.

Before going too far, take a close look at the plate on your entry door. It turns out mine (2006 Fleetwood Flair) was made by a company purchased by Attwood (Creation Door). Fleetwood no longer carries the correct hinge for these doors, but Attwood does. Attwood part # 5027052150. It will keep you from drilling new holes or re-engineering the one now carried by Fleetwood.

$15 each.

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