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Old 03-20-2017, 06:08 PM
sritchie sritchie is offline
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Unhappy Center Brace too short?

Hey folks,

I'm working on my RV10 cabin top and am fitting in the center brace. On page 43-8 the instructions say to insert the cabin center brace into the fwd top skin and "slide the brace as far forward as it will go".

When I do that, the four holes on the top part of the brace no longer reach far enough for me to drill them into the cabin top! See here for proof:


There's room for me to slide the center brace back, BUT there's not much meat on the center brace to drill into behind the panel.

What should I do? Should I try to split the difference? Or should I try to fill in that area of the cabin top with structural filler before drilling through?

Would love some thoughts on how to proceed.

Last edited by Mike S : 03-21-2017 at 09:35 AM.
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Old 03-21-2017, 08:40 AM
jwilbur jwilbur is offline
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I would suggest taking a few more pictures and send them to Van's. I think for this you probably want to get some guidance from the factory.
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Old 03-21-2017, 09:16 AM
sritchie sritchie is offline
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Done, this is good advice. I'll let you all know what they say.
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Old 03-21-2017, 10:47 AM
Carlos Trigo Carlos Trigo is offline
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Hello sritchie

Let's wait for the factory solution, but as that happened to me as well and I just pulled back the brace in order to get the upper fwd holes done in the cabin cover, and there was still plenty of material to drill in the bottom brace "meat".

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Old 03-21-2017, 09:18 PM
rocketman1988 rocketman1988 is offline
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Default same here

Moved brace back to get holes in cabin top...
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Old 03-24-2017, 10:42 AM
dspender dspender is offline
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For myself, I found throughout nearly every phase of the build, if something didn't fit, I did something wrong. I believe I found one manufacturer issue, and I suspect others have also, but in general, if it didn't fit, I relooked at everything I did prior to that point and I think always found a mistake I did.
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Old 03-29-2017, 07:59 PM
mkraus01 mkraus01 is offline
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Build up the top with flox and drill it. I had the same issue ~7 years ago.
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Old 04-17-2017, 11:25 PM
WrightsRV7 WrightsRV7 is offline
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Default slide back, check edge distance

I slide mine back just enough to catch the flat area up top, about one hole diameter from looking at the pic on yours. This still gave plenty of edge distance in the metal brace (i.e. 1.5 dia to center of hole). Will be curious as to what Vans suggests...Good luck
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