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Bouncing through Alaska our hood latch fell off. We discovered it was only glued in, those are the green blobs. Any idea what type of glue is used to hold the latch and where to buy? I did email Winnebago

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I have no help for your question. Some friends(full-timers) bought a new W Forza, their front grill door latches are also glued to the fiberglass, one fell off in our driveway. Quality control appears to be lacking at the factory.

You might try Liquid Nails adhesive, check for waterproof first though, I have forgotten. I am  curious about Flex Glue, the TV ads impressed me.

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I have found out an epoxy is the "normal" method so I will find some someplace. We are winding down our trip and will not be in any large towns for the next week or so. Starting to head back to states. Aiming for Stewart right now. Hopefully they will have a hardware or auto store. If not, we will be in Prince George in about 7-10 days and should be able to find an epoxy.

You are right about Alaska stressing everything. We have only had this, an auxiliary mirror(we added it) and our sunroof in the toad break(rock from mountain or bird dropped something on it). No window chips yet.

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Try asking a local body shop to put it together with some panel adhesive. That is what a lot of the newer cars are using to attach body panels to each other. You will tear the panels before that stuff lets go

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You will be bonding plastic to metal, so a panel adhesive might or might not work.  You will want an adhesive that bonds dissimilar materials, can tolerate temperature swings, and will hold up to vibrations.  There are hundreds of different epoxies.  I personally would call 3M or one of their distributors to pick the right epoxy.  And with all adhesives, surface prep is key to success.

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