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Old 05-30-2019, 02:00 PM   #1
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Why does door open halfway?

The main entrance door only opens halfway (by design).
Do I need to worry about the wind bending something?
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:09 PM   #2
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It depends on the design. Some campers have an awning arm in the way or something the door would hit.

My camper had a strut that limited the door to 50%. We hated that we couldn't see the road from our couch and really felt like the 50% opening blocked a lot of our view.

I removed the strut, filled the holes with caulk, and added a magnetic door catch to latch it fully open.
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:10 PM   #3
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Only halfway ? I have the "Friction Hinge" on our 2018 and it opens three quarter to almost full. Wind does move it, but it won't slam shut or slam into TT when open.
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:18 PM   #4
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It depends on the design. Some campers have an awning arm in the way or something the door would hit.

My camper had a strut that limited the door to 50%. We hated that we couldn't see the road from our couch and really felt like the 50% opening blocked a lot of our view.

I removed the strut, filled the holes with caulk, and added a magnetic door catch to latch it fully open.
Mine has the strut as well, that limits the door to open halfway. We like to open the door while leaving the screen door closed, and this just seems like a bad design.
I think I might do as you did and remove the strut. Thanks.
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Old 05-30-2019, 02:28 PM   #5
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It depends on the design. Some campers have an awning arm in the way or something the door would hit.

My camper had a strut that limited the door to 50%. We hated that we couldn't see the road from our couch and really felt like the 50% opening blocked a lot of our view.

I removed the strut, filled the holes with caulk, and added a magnetic door catch to latch it fully open.
Everything he said except I popped my strut out of the socket and can put it back if I want to.
As long as the door won't hit something or block air to a vent you can do it.
You can find magnetic catches on eBay.
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Mine has the strut as well, that limits the door to open halfway. We like to open the door while leaving the screen door closed, and this just seems like a bad design.
I think I might do as you did and remove the strut. Thanks.
Just make sure to check that no part of the awning hardware will be hit by the door opening flat to the body of the trailer. It only takes once for the wind to grab your door without some stopping mechanism.
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Everything he said except I popped my strut out of the socket and can put it back if I want to.
As long as the door won't hit something or block air to a vent you can do it.
You can find magnetic catches on eBay.
Wait, not everyone is worried about every last ounce?
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