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Old 06-22-2013, 09:14 PM   #1
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Interior Screen Door Latch

I recently bought a new Flagstaff Micro-Lite 23LB. When I got it home, I found the inside screen door latch was broken. Apparently this is a new type of latch because I can't find any replacements anywhere. I contacted my dealer and sent them a photo of the broken latch. He forward the photo to Forest River. That was a week ago and I've heard nothing since. I know from experience it's the little things that usually take the longest to resolve. It's a real easy fix (two screws and a pinch pin.) I don't mind spending a few bucks to order one and fix it myself and have it ready for the coming weekend camping trip. I'm posting two photos of the part that's broken. My question is: has anyone else had this issue and does anyone recognize the markings or company brand, that's molded on the latch face on the second photo, or the company that makes this latch?



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Old 06-22-2013, 09:28 PM   #2
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My question is: has anyone else had this issue and does anyone recognize the markings or company brand, that's molded on the latch face on the second photo, or the company that makes this latch?
That's an Atwood logo. (Make Water Heaters, Furnaces, etc.) I didn't realize they were making this type of equipment.
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Old 06-22-2013, 09:30 PM   #3
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Do a search for Atwood Screen Door Latch.

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Old 06-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. I had a sneaking suspicion that was an Atwood logo but wasn't sure because I couldn't find anything they made that was like my latch. I did another search on Atwood's products and still found nothing like the latch on my Micro-Lite. I may try fabricating one out of aluminum which will last a whole lot longer than the plastic junk they make today.
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Old 06-23-2013, 01:09 PM   #5
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First thing this morning, I started on making an inside latch mechanism. After a few hours I now have a inside screen door latch that works. I found a chrome handle, I had in a "parts" box, but not sure what it was from or used for and it fit without hitting the door jam. I searched for a couple of hours on the net and still haven't found a screen door latch made by Atwood that looks like the one that came with my Micro-Lite. Will know more tomorrow (maybe) when I call my dealer (who is also an Atwood dealer.)




The original, broken, latch from inside my RV.




The new latch handle and "trip shaft" I put together this morning.



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Wow, good machining. It should last a few thousand laps....errr miles.
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Atwood screen door latch

We had a similar experience. The same latch broke in our new Roo 21ss and we spent a lot of time looking for a replacement online with no luck. I then got directly in touch with Atwood and they were very helpful - they are sending a replacement a couple of days after I got in touch.
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Vansleak, thanks for the info. I just called my dealer today and they have the latch on order and it should be in any day now. I asked them to mail it directly to me to save a 90 mile round trip for a $6.00 product. Other than some of the screening working out of edges on the screen door, everything has worked well on my Micro-Lite.
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Ours was broken on our 2014 Flagstaff 27RLWS the day we took delivery. Had to trek to the dealer today on other issues. I took the broken piece with me. The dealer had them in stock and gave me a new one no questions. Before I installed it I sanded the rub surface smooth and put a little grease on it so it wouldn't bind. Seems to be working fine now but it is a flimsy design.
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Old 07-31-2013, 03:47 PM   #10
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Screen door latch broke

I am glad that I have found this forum as my interior screen door latch broke on my 2013 Rockwood Roo 21SS. I cannot find the same latch anywhere so I will take the suggestions and will check out the Atwood site to see what I can find.

My screen door is very tight and the metal frame is bent and I think that is why it snapped off in my hands.
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