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Old 04-09-2015, 03:40 PM   #11
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"Not sure of this, but I looked at the back of my doors on the bottom latches. It appears to me that one could cut a small amount of metal (the back of the door about one inch square) with something like a Dremel tool (small cut off type of wheel)." Seems like a great idea for replacement, but wouldn't it give easy access for a thief to easily open the compartment with the door closed?


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Old 04-09-2015, 09:58 PM   #12
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Thanks for the info... I was told that metal ones are not available "off the shelf". I will be changing all my plastic ones as they fail.

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Replace one of mine. Maybe this will help.

Well it happened - bottom bay latch broke




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Old 04-15-2015, 12:30 PM   #14
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A final note and information on this topic. I received the new plungers from Forest River. Problem is, they have mounting brackets with 3 inch on center mounting holes. The plungers on my coach have 2 inch on center mounting holes. Apparently, the 2 inch are no longer available. The best way to try and use these new plungers, is to drill two new holes in the mounting bracket so the holes are 2 inch on center. That certainly is easier than trying to drill new holes in the door frame, especially when you are working on the lower latches which are covered by the curved door skin. Hopefully this will work. The challenge is still getting the old plunger out, and the new one in without damaging the curves door skin.


Also, I contacted RB Machining/RV Division, motorhomelatches.com and they tell me that the latches for Winnebago are the best match for our Tri-Mark latches. They come with four holes in the mounting bracket, both 2 inch and 3 inch. However, they do not come with new cables. You must reuse your old cable, or find a replacement on your own. Price is $16 each for the aluminum plunger.


Hope this helps anyone else faced with replacement issues.
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