Outback Tub Bolts Loose

BertBert Posts: 87Member
Two of the four bolts holding my the tub on one side of the frame of my 2016 Tab Outback Max S came loose or were never installed. The other two bolts were fine and appear to have lock nuts. We haven't taken the trailer more than a few thousand miles on fewer than half-a-dozen trips, so I'm wondering whether the nuts were ever installed on those two bolts. I wouldn't have known that I had a problem, but vacuumed up the bolts and washers when cleaning up after installing expanded aluminum to close the opening behind the tub.

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  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,328Administrator
    If you are able to install the bolts, and if it were me, I would take care of it myself. The tub is attached by the dealer, so you could make an appointment with them to fix it if you would prefer. 
    Verna, Indianapolis, IN, living full time in my 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • hymiehymie Posts: 150Member
    @Bert. I had similar issues when I removed the tub to install the sewer hose holder. Mismatched and poorly secured bolts installed by the dealer. Replaced all with stainless steel bolts with nylock nuts to avoid galvanic corrosion. Congrats on getting your tub closed in! Pics please :)
    James & Jacquie     Almonte, Ontario
    2016 Jeep Cherokee & 2017 [email protected] Outback
  • RatkityRatkity Posts: 3,740Member
    Stainless steel is the way to go. I think washers should be added too. If I recall, one side is difficult to reach underneath on the 2015 [email protected] 

    Did you have to go "Vacuum Bag Fishing" for the bolts and washers?? hehe.
    2017 820R Retro Toy Hauler from 2015 Tabitha [email protected] from 2009 Reverse LG Teardrop (but a [email protected] at heart)
  • GatorEggGatorEgg Posts: 154Member
    Bert said:
    Two of the four bolts holding my the tub on one side of the frame of my 2016 Tab Outback Max S came loose or were never installed. The other two bolts were fine and appear to have lock nuts. We haven't taken the trailer more than a few thousand miles on fewer than half-a-dozen trips, so I'm wondering whether the nuts were ever installed on those two bolts. I wouldn't have known that I had a problem, but vacuumed up the bolts and washers when cleaning up after installing expanded aluminum to close the opening behind the tub.


    Thanks Bert.  Yep, mine same.  Two bolts, nuts missing, the remaining two loose.
    2018 [email protected] Boondock 320S, 2019 Toyota Tacoma Sport 4x4
    Odessa, Fl.  

  • VernaVerna Posts: 5,328Administrator
    It is the dealer’s responsibility to install the front tub on the 320’s, along with the battery/batteries and the propane tank. The tubs are shipped inside the [email protected] 320’s to save room and prevent damage. 
    Verna, Indianapolis, IN, living full time in my 2019 [email protected] 400 Boondock Lite white/red, towed by a white 2019 Ford F-150 4x4 Supercab, 3.5L V6 Ecoboost; [email protected] Administrator




  • tybladesmithtybladesmith Posts: 56Member
    My dealer left bolts loose and lock washers were missing.
    When the Boondock tub was off I upgraded to longer 5/16" SS bolts with lock washers and nuts on bottom of tub before mounting to frame. Then adding washers and self-locking nuts on bottom of frame flange. Now removing the tub is a one man job. The bolt upgrade was due to installing 2 AGM Group 31 batteries in Tub. The propane bracket was removed adjusted and rewelded to make room for the batteries.
    Kay and Tom - SW Wisconsin - Silver [email protected] - 2018 [email protected] 320S Boondock Silver/Black trim TV, 2018 Chevy Colorado, Silver/Black trim, Duramax, TowHaul, IntelliHaul
  • HoriganHorigan Posts: 20Member
    My dealer didn't even attach the tub when I did my pickup inspection.  Luckily we inadvertently pushed on the tub during tow vehicle hookup and found it was just sitting on the frame.  That would have been an ugly first tow...  My dealer used self-tapping stainless screws.  I may switch to bolts given this discussion.
    Rich
    2013 Toyota Highlander
  • 4ncar4ncar Posts: 603Member
    Horigan said:
    My dealer didn't even attach the tub when I did my pickup inspection.  Luckily we inadvertently pushed on the tub during tow vehicle hookup and found it was just sitting on the frame.  That would have been an ugly first tow...  My dealer used self-tapping stainless screws.  I may switch to bolts given this discussion.

    😳 
    TV- '16 Chevy Colorado LT Crew Cab-DuraMax
    2018 320S Outback
  • b407driverb407driver Posts: 88Member
    Mine had one bolt snugged finger-tight to the washer, the other three were merely spun on by hand, never tightened (I didn't discover until after the first trip). Ridiculous that this is so common amongst a plethora of dealers. 
    2020 [email protected] Boondock Lite w/solar, TV is 2016 Toyota 4Runner TRD
    Jeff --Front Range of Colorado
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