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Old 02-12-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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TV Latch

Well, the latch on the TV compartment just broke. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, any suggestions on where to get a replacement. I really don't want to have the dealer fix it as it is likely to take two months for them to get the part and schedule me.

Fortunately, the TV stays down without the latch, but I won't be able to drive any distance with it like this.

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Old 02-12-2014, 08:23 AM   #2
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It would help tremendously if we knew year make and model of unit and if there's a name on the bracket.

Can you supply pictures of the offending part?

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Old 02-12-2014, 08:33 AM   #3
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Of course. It's the latch for the TV compartment on my 2014 FR3. below are pictures. The first two show different views of the broken piece that is attached at the base of the compartment. The third shows the hooking mechanism attached to the TV door.

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Old 02-12-2014, 09:48 AM   #4
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Well, the latch on the TV compartment just broke. Has anyone else had this problem? If so, any suggestions on where to get a replacement. I really don't want to have the dealer fix it as it is likely to take two months for them to get the part and schedule me.

Fortunately, the TV stays down without the latch, but I won't be able to drive any distance with it like this.

Barbara

Yes...replaced with magnetic drawer clips. Used two and they seem to do the job. The casing for the TV is metal so they keep it fasten well. I'll try and send a pic next time I go work on my rig.
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That would be great since I don't know exactly what you mean by magnetic drawer clips. Would love to see a pic.

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Old 02-12-2014, 11:34 AM   #6
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That would be great since I don't know exactly what you mean by magnetic drawer clips. Would love to see a pic.

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B, here is a pic of the clip. I did not need the small metal plate since the TV frame was good enough.

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Thanks. That looks like it would work.

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Okay, I have successfully installed the magnetic latch (see picture). I didn't use the two metal plates the would screw on to the TV side since that structure is already metal and the device didn't work as well when I tried the plates. I think it's because I wanted to use the existing screw holes and screws (didn't feel like drilling through metal right behind the TV). The screws were round-tops. Maybe flat-tops would make it work okay.

In any case, it works, but does not provide particularly strong latching. I'm concerned it could shake lose on a bumpy road. I might add two more on either side.

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Okay, I have successfully installed the magnetic latch (see picture). I didn't use the two metal plates the would screw on to the TV side since that structure is already metal and the device didn't work as well when I tried the plates. I think it's because I wanted to use the existing screw holes and screws (didn't feel like drilling through metal right behind the TV). The screws were round-tops. Maybe flat-tops would make it work okay.

In any case, it works, but does not provide particularly strong latching. I'm concerned it could shake lose on a bumpy road. I might add two more on either side.

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B, I used two to enhance the strength. I did not place them in the middle, but off to the side. I drove on some bumpy roads and they held. Now I need to figure how to keep the stuff inside from bouncing all over the place from the top shelf.
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RM, Yeah, I'm on my way now to Home Depot to pick up some plumbers tape or whatever they call it, and will pick up two more latches while I'm there.

I bought a fancy new water filter, the kind you need an additional hose piece for. All went well except that the connection between the water source hose and the filter will not stop leaking. I even got out my trusty pliers and tightened the connection, but no go. I re-seated the connection twice. Still drips. So, I figure I need some of that tape for the connection.

As Gilda Radner said, it's always something... of course, she was talking about cancer, so maybe I should stop whining.

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