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Old 03-08-2019, 06:32 PM   #1
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Door Latch

The door to my new RV is extremely cumbersome to open/close. I looked at where it's catching and I think it's because the poles sliding into the door latch are just barely deep enough to fit into it. I think because there are dual metal plates there for entry? This seems strange to me and I've never seen dual plates. Is this a screw up or something legit?

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Old 03-08-2019, 07:00 PM   #2
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a double latch may be there to move the latch point closer to the door IF the metal bars do not protrude far enough out from the door...
BUT,
it may also make it more difficult to close if it is TOO CLOSE to the door...
remove one of the latches if that is the case...
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The double plate is for strength in an accident, and may make it tougher to pry.

I would bend it if needed, and use something like boshield on the parts to make them easier to operate.

The door and surround is installed as a unit, so the double played is by design.
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a double latch may be there to move the latch point closer to the door IF the metal bars do not protrude far enough out from the door...
BUT,
it may also make it more difficult to close if it is TOO CLOSE to the door...
remove one of the latches if that is the case...
I'd love to. The problem is both of those latches are behind the frame - I can't pull them out (at least not by pulling out just those 2 screws) - looks like I have to pull off the whole frame.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:14 PM   #6
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The double plate is for strength in an accident, and may make it tougher to pry.

I would bend it if needed, and use something like boshield on the parts to make them easier to operate.

The door and surround is installed as a unit, so the double played is by design.
This makes sense thanks! I'll just keep working on it and see how it goes. But it's so hard to push that my children and wife can't really open the door right now. (The other day I couldn't without pulling extremely hard over 3-4 tries).
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:18 PM   #7
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It may be possible, with a large amount of trial and error, to remove the plate, but it is actually easier to remove the door. (I replaced my own door under warranty... so I know.)


Since your RV is new, it will take some time to settle. As long as you can open and close, live with it for a trip or two. Lube it. If you have to, loosen the screws on the striker plate and move it up or down. Bend it in or out if needed.


Also note, the door design is so the top and bottom "hit" first, to keep the door closed snug for weather and rattle. (My DW hates it, since she can see the bow when the door is open.) This also makes it need a fair push/pull right in the middle (when new) to close.



Also note, if you ask a mechanic to adjust your door, it is done with 2x4's and force...


As you may have guessed, our door was an issue. When I replaced it, I opened up the holes in the jamb so I had more adjustment for the striker plate to be adjusted, which solved the up and down adjustment issue. For the in and out, I bend the striker plate carefully.


I also tried both of the major keyless lock sets, none of which fit or adjusted any better (on my door style).


The one good thing about the whole door replacement is the decals are ordered on a per side basis, so I have plenty of decal left over for touch up, and I was able to add some to the front fenders to make the house decals flow to the fenders.
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This makes sense thanks! I'll just keep working on it and see how it goes. But it's so hard to push that my children and wife can't really open the door right now. (The other day I couldn't without pulling extremely hard over 3-4 tries).

DW and DD not being able to operate the door was the main issue for us as well. Thankfully, I am good enough to fix it myself, since my "dealer" was of minimal help. FR was fine with me doing the install as long as I waivered out of further coverage for the door. It actually took two doors to be shipped for one to arrive at the dealer in good enough shape to accept. I had to get the shipping and receiving dates from FR, as the dealer was of no help since warranty work is a money loser, could not even get a call to say they noticed a door in their shop with my name on it...


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When the door unit is installed into the rough opening, I doubt the installer took the time to check for need of a shim, which would have prevented what you describe. When I reinstalled my replacement, there were no shims, and I had to add a couple.




The boeshield is great as a lube as it works well without leaving a noticeable residue, and does not need so much to make a mess on hands or clothes.
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Old 03-08-2019, 07:51 PM   #9
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Maybe the double latch isn't the problem. Maybe it's too high, low, forward or back. It looks like it definitely has room to move down.

Good luck.
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The double layer is normal and needs to be that way for strength, as well as DOT certification.
1st steps are to adjust striker up up to center the slots on the door posts. If the posts appear to be short and dragging on the back of the strike plate it is be ase the door was not installed correctly. You can remove the posts on the door and see if that is the issue. If it is you an add a shim/washer before reinstalling the posts. It may be difficult to remove the post as they may have been installed using locktite, a bit of heat may help if you canít easily remove them.
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