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Old 11-30-2011, 05:02 PM   #1
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Main Door Problems

I have a problem with the main door on my 2008 350DS. How to describe it?

If you grab the door handle and pull the door WILL NOT open. I'm a fairly strong guy and it doesn't matter how hard you pull. To open the door you have to pull out on the handle while pushing in on the handle with your thumb at the same time. That sounds strange but really what I'm saying is that to get the door latch to retract you have to push in on the door itself, while pulling on the handle to retract the latch.

I've tried adjusting the door jam plate and I've tried several different kinds of lube. By the way, the latch works smooth and easy when the door is open.

If look at the door edge on you can see that it's bowed outward where the hinge is. If you put a long strait edge along the inside of the door the center section of the door where the hinge is is about 3/4" out of plumb.

It was like this when I got it. It's a nice security feature because even when the door is unlocked or somebody has the key they still can't get in. But it's also impossible for my ten year old or visiting friends to open the door, which is a constant annoyance.

Anyone have any thoughts as to what I might do about this? I keep thinking of some kind of jig with strait edges and clamps to bend the door back into shape but so far I haven't figured it out. Maybe steel L-iron? Or bar stock maybe?

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Old 11-30-2011, 05:36 PM   #2
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We have problems with our 2011 378, opening from the inside it is very hard almost like it drags across or hang on door jam, at first I thought we just had one of the locks locked nut that's not the problem.

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Old 11-30-2011, 10:28 PM   #3
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I too am having problems with my 320ds 2011 door sticking. Have not taken the time to trouble shoot, but the door or jam is out of kilter. It was not like this when I purchased it.
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Old 12-02-2011, 11:15 PM   #4
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My 2011 378 has the dragging problem when opening. I have had it adjusted at the dealer twice, they say that is all they can do. It goes back in next week for other work, and I will have them check it again. It is so high, even when standing on the steps my wife 4'11", has trouble opening it.

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Old 12-03-2011, 09:56 AM   #5
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We have the same problem with our 2010 Georgetown 378. I have to push hard on the door to open from the inside and it has to be slammed to close. Took it to the dealer for some work and was told they could not do anything to the door. Sounds like a good question for Forest River.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:45 AM   #6
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We had a serious problem with our '05 359ts door while in Michigan last summer. Called a locksmith and he lubed everything and adjusted the striker plate on the door jamb. Much better now.


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Old 12-03-2011, 02:15 PM   #7
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Another example of the workmanship
in these $100,000 ++ machines.
I always think they have part time
high school kids slaping these high priced
motorhomes together.
I guess that keeps the profit margin high.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:20 PM   #8
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Had the same issue with our 2007. I removed the striker plate and filed the opening that the latch catches on. I rounded it slightly because the flat part that is pressed on the latch just doesn't let it slide unless you push in while opening. Is it perfect? pretty close, it's easier to open now, much better than originally from FR.

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Old 01-03-2012, 11:37 AM   #9
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Just got a 2012 GT378TS & have the same problem with the door
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:14 PM   #10
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I spent some time and got the door strait again with a large piece of angle iron, some wood for spacing and some clamps. No joy, it made no difference.

Then I filed the strike plate until it was smooth where the door latch catches. No joy there either.

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