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Old 02-24-2019, 08:06 AM   #1
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Door Deadbolt won't engage

I did a search but didn't find anything.

The deadbolt on my 5 year old Coachmen Freedom Express travel trailer door deadbolt won't engage when the sun is beating down on it. I know the door is probably swelling due to the heat but the door functions normally with no binding. The problem is the deadbolt.

The way I'm parked in a permanent spot, the sun beats down on the passenger side all afternoon. I can barely get it unlocked from the inside and when I try to re-lock it, it only moves a little and sounds like it's hitting the plate. I can't get a good look at where it's hitting because, well, it only does it when the door is closed. It does it regardless of the temperature outside, only when the sun hits it. I'm sure the door swells in the sun but like I said, the door does not bind, just the deadbolt. I've tried pushing and pulling on the door but that doesn't work.

Has anyone else had this issue? I can probably enlarge the opening a little inside the plate in the door frame if you think that might help but there isn't much extra area to remove. I don't want to get locked in or out of the trailer. The lock assembly is black so I'm sure it's absorbing more heat than a white one would. I was hoping to replace this with an electronic lock but pretty sure it won't work either.

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Old 02-24-2019, 08:31 AM   #2
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Dab some paint on the end of the deadbolt so that it will leave a paint mark where it is hitting the jam lock-plate. Then you can see if you need to adjust it and where.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:48 AM   #3
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Dab some paint on the end of the deadbolt so that it will leave a paint mark where it is hitting the jam lock-plate. Then you can see if you need to adjust it and where.
Good idea!

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Old 02-24-2019, 09:30 AM   #4
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Dab some paint on the end of the deadbolt so that it will leave a paint mark where it is hitting the jam lock-plate. Then you can see if you need to adjust it and where.
I thought of that but I don't have any paint. Is there something else I could use?

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Old 02-24-2019, 09:32 AM   #5
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I've used lipstick instead of paint.
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:40 AM   #6
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I didnít think include lipstick in the toolkit.

Guess you just never know.

If you other guys donít have it in your kit, donít tell your wife
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Old 02-24-2019, 09:42 AM   #7
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The paint or lipstick idea is great but if you dont have either, trial and error works too. Is the plate already at any extreme (up, down, forward, backward)? If so, move it away from the extreme. Then, ease up on tightening the screws so if the plate needs to move, it will. Once you've got it in a good spot, tighten them up completely. Good luck.
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These are all great suggestions. Thank you!

I'll have to wait until the sun comes out again to try the lipstick idea.
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On our previous trailer, a Rockwood, I had to open up the pocket that the deadbolt slid into to allow it to fully extend. I used a Dremel tool and a burr type bit to grind away a bit of material, and the problem was solved.
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I had to file mine also. Thee is some frame lex. It may leave te factory ok but later eyed to be adjusted.
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