Awning bracket broke off...
Hello, I have a funfinder x 160. The lower bracket for the awning broke free and the lag screws stripped the wood in the frame. I tried using a larger lag screw, a wood restorer and then plastic wood, but bolts won't bite, so I figure wood is rotten. My question is this: I want to approach this from underneath the trailer, but I can't get the screw holding the underbelly material to the frame to loosen (it's all rusty). I've tried everything. Can I just cut the underbelly material to access the frame and repair it from there? Or is it a big no-no to cut the material? I was going to repair it with gorilla tape or maybe a patch.
As for the brace, I was going to use a nut and bolt, or replace the wood if necessary. As a last resort, I'll just remove the awning and live without one.
thanks for any help