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Old 09-17-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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Door Latch

The door latch assembly on our 335 has been growing increasingly reluctant to operate smoothly. (When I was inside the other day, I thought I'd have to crawl out the window...)

The problem is, after having it for 2 weeks already, the dealer is telling us that parts are backordered for at least another two weeks. I suspect that this dealer works with one or two suppliers and isn't interested in seeking the needed part elsewhere.

Anyone have any idea where this part might be found?

Who is the manufacturer?

Who might have it?

I got the same response when I asked about a new gas strut /closer for the bottom of the door.
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Old 09-17-2016, 09:37 PM   #2
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The gas strut you can get from camping world and maybe Amazon. Which door latch are u looking for?
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Old 09-18-2016, 05:53 AM   #3
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Our door strike plate fell off during our first big trip and the gas strut plate broke off. Fortunately we found one bolt and reattached the strike plate, and I took off the strut. Our dealer put everything back together after we arrived back. Those pieces are very questionable considering the amount of use.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:50 AM   #4
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I would replace the door latch before you get locked in or out
There is a thread about that
Both the door latch and strut end are on Amazon
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Old 09-18-2016, 08:29 AM   #5
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Try this.
When you're inside use both hands, pull in on the fixed handle as you operate the latch, from the outside push in on the door as you operate the latch.

The striker plate is adjustable.
Close the door slowly when you're outside, look inside at the latch as it touches the plate.
Adjust up/down/in/out as needed, might take a few adjustments.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:23 PM   #6
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door latch

The latch I am looking for is the one on the door to the motorhome, not any of the storage areas. The assembly contains the latch as well as the deadbolt. It does not appear to be an alignment issue, but rather something internal to the mechanism itself.

Thanks for the suggestions for sources. I will check them now.
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Old 09-18-2016, 12:33 PM   #7
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The latch I am looking for is the one on the door to the motorhome, not any of the storage areas. The assembly contains the latch as well as the deadbolt. It does not appear to be an alignment issue, but rather something internal to the mechanism itself.

Thanks for the suggestions for sources. I will check them now.
Is your unit newer than 2015? Youroo!!
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Old 09-18-2016, 03:54 PM   #8
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The latch I am looking for is the one on the door to the motorhome, not any of the storage areas. The assembly contains the latch as well as the deadbolt. It does not appear to be an alignment issue, but rather something internal to the mechanism itself.

Thanks for the suggestions for sources. I will check them now.
Is the latch hard to operate with the door open?
Have you used WD40 on the latch?

This one should work.
https://www.etrailer.com/Doors/Lippe.../LC202290.html

Here are several on amazon.
https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_n...try+Door+Latch
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Old 09-19-2016, 07:11 PM   #9
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Door latch update

According to Forest River the door could either be an Atwood or LCI...
If it was an Atwood, it is no longer available.
If it was a LCI, parts would be available from them...

The key says Trimark, so I tracked them down...

Trimark was very helpful in identifying the defunct model number and the best available replacement.

Apparently, If you are interested, the existing latch can be replaced with combination or mechanized keyless unit that takes the same space. I didn't opt for the more expensive choice.
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Just as a helpful aside, if any of you get stuck inside with a lock break, we found it is helpful to have someone drive the toad up to the front window and you can step out from the seat to the roof of the toad and then walk down. We have a Jetta and that was fairly easy to do. A ladder is nice too but more difficult to finagle sometimes. We are on our second lock and so far it seems to be more reliable than the first one. Hope that is your experience as well.
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