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Old 08-09-2018, 03:47 PM   #1
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Door hard to latch

We have a 2018 Columbus 366RLC which we purchased in February this year. From day one the door is very hard to latch. We either have to slam it very hard or use two hands, one to hold the latch handle in the open position while using the other hand to pull the door tight against the frame.

Has anybody run into this situation and if so is there a fix for it? DH is getting very frustrated with it.
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:25 PM   #2
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We have a 2018 Columbus 366RLC which we purchased in February this year. From day one the door is very hard to latch. We either have to slam it very hard or use two hands, one to hold the latch handle in the open position while using the other hand to pull the door tight against the frame.

Has anybody run into this situation and if so is there a fix for it? DH is getting very frustrated with it.
You second method except I use one hand, is the one I have used for most of our campers for 35 years.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:36 AM   #3
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Are your steps the original steps that came with your RV ?

We purchased the MORyde - Step Above steps for our 5th wheel. Because of the way they are installed, our door is hard to open and close at times.
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Yes the steps are original and they are MORyde. It doesn't appear that they are causing it to bind. I suspect the cause may be the friction hinges that are on the door.
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Latch adjustment?

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We have a 2018 Columbus 366RLC which we purchased in February this year. From day one the door is very hard to latch. We either have to slam it very hard or use two hands, one to hold the latch handle in the open position while using the other hand to pull the door tight against the frame.

Has anybody run into this situation and if so is there a fix for it? DH is getting very frustrated with it.
Is there any way to adjust the striker plate (the part on the door frame that the latch goes into)? Post a picture.

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Old 08-11-2018, 01:37 PM   #6
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My door has been terrible to open/close sense Camping World had to take it off to install a new refrigerator! (an extra $100) I have attempted to adjust the door strike several times! They called after the frig install to get my opinion, said they could fix it if I would bring it back in, only problem was i was 200 miles away!
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Old 08-11-2018, 02:25 PM   #7
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My door has been terrible to open/close sense Camping World had to take it off to install a new refrigerator! (an extra $100) I have attempted to adjust the door strike several times! They called after the frig install to get my opinion, said they could fix it if I would bring it back in, only problem was i was 200 miles away!
I wonder if the door was re-mounted too low or too high. When you think you're pulling it hard to close it, you're really lifting it up just enough for the latch tongue to enter the striker plate on the frame.

Two things to try:
  1. Tighten the door hinge screws. If they are loose, the door will sag and the latch won't align with the striker plate.
  2. Watch carefully as the latch approaches the striker plate. Can you see that it's too low (or too high)?
If the latch is lower than the striker plate, and the plate cannot be adjusted, you can put a sheet or two of cardboard under the hinge (between hinge and frame between hinge and door). This will lift the door slightly. Similar, if the latch tongue is too high, a shim on the top hinge will lower it.

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The striker plate is as far forward as it will go. It feels like the hinge binds when the door is almost closed.
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The striker plate is as far forward as it will go. It feels like the hinge binds when the door is almost closed.
Look closely at the hinge side as someone closes the door. Is the door hitting the weatherstripping?

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The striker plate is adjustable, and we have to move it occasionally, particularly when the leveling system torques the frame a bit on uneven ground. I extended the upper slot a bit by using a Dremel tool and I can always get it to latch.
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