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Old 04-24-2016, 08:58 PM   #1
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Entry door handle mod?

Anyone figured out a mod to get a real grip on the entry door of a 2014 Georgetown 270? Have already torn one gas strut off from wind gust. My old fingertips just can't hold it. I would put a plain ol' cabinet handle on it but am afraid of what I might drill into, or NOT drill into in the door. Don't think the skinny little sheet of aluminum would hold it much. Open to ideas.
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Old 04-24-2016, 10:22 PM   #2
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Same issue. We keep 3 pumps on the Rv for this reason.


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Old 04-24-2016, 10:40 PM   #3
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Interesting, but boosting the strut manufacturers profits doesn't do either of us any good. Plus the fact I can hardly pull the door strongly enough to get it to latch. Got to be a better way.
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I got them free from the dealer since they changed out 3 already. We have 3 small kids who can't and i wouldn't want them to hold the door when opening. I asked about a stronger pump, but dealer said it would void the warranty and may cause more serious damage. I had given up on this, but maybe someone will have a better idea.

Last trip to AZ my mother-in-law opened the door during some high winds near Sedona. Both her and the door went flying out with her landing on the ground. After a quick 😂 I helped her back in and left the pump off for the rest of the trip.


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Old 04-25-2016, 02:43 PM   #5
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Anyone figured out a mod to get a real grip on the entry door of a 2014 Georgetown 270? Have already torn one gas strut off from wind gust. My old fingertips just can't hold it. I would put a plain ol' cabinet handle on it but am afraid of what I might drill into, or NOT drill into in the door. Don't think the skinny little sheet of aluminum would hold it much. Open to ideas.

They make a handle that attaches to your screen door. They cost twelve dollars. We broke our strut on the door from a gust of wind. We have two doors we installed these on.
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I may just have to order one to make it easier for us old farts: http://www.amazon.com/Camco-42183-Sc...door+handle+rv

or http://www.campingworld.com/browse/s...FU6BfgodX6cF0Q
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My 378xl has a different handle. I am surprised that FR isn't using a standard assembly across the board.
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Anyone figured out a mod to get a real grip on the entry door of a 2014 Georgetown 270? Have already torn one gas strut off from wind gust. My old fingertips just can't hold it. I would put a plain ol' cabinet handle on it but am afraid of what I might drill into, or NOT drill into in the door. Don't think the skinny little sheet of aluminum would hold it much. Open to ideas.
The door is very thin aluminum on both sides and a foam core. You could drill all the way thru the door and install small bolts long enough to exit the outside and use large flat washers and acorn nuts (for aesthetics) and touch up with the appropriate color. This is how the "EZ OPEN HAND RAIL" is done for its installation, only from the outside.
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They make a handle that attaches to your screen door. They cost twelve dollars. We broke our strut on the door from a gust of wind. We have two doors we installed these on.
This picture is on our Spartan 1032. It attaches to the screen door.
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What about a spring over the strut? Not sure what the assembly looks like though.
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