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Old 03-16-2018, 11:19 PM   #1
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How to secure a pocket door

We took our new 36FK out to the Grand Canyon for its inaugural trip. Most everything worked fine and those that didn't are currently being repaired at the dealership.

One thing that didn't work so well was the pocket door between the washer/dryer and the bathroom. The bungee cord security system failed when the wife attempted to use that door. One end of the cord separated from the plastic retainer leaving a length of cord rather than the bight. Two attempts to fix it resulted in it just pulling out again and again. On the other hand, the sliding door between the bedroom and the bathroom/sink area worked flawlessly. That door utilizes a rare earth magnet to retain the door. Since neither of these doors will be used very often (maybe once or twice a year) I would rather have the door securely fastened during transits rather than easily released to close.

So, I am looking to replace the bungee capture system with the rare earth magnet. My question is has anyone else attempted this? Is the magnet(s) part available from Dynamax (Brian?)?

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Old 03-17-2018, 12:27 AM   #2
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I like the magnet on the front door as stated, but I am not sure how you would install the magnet on the other door, not enough room between the bathroom and the washer/dryer. I will probably install another stainless steel bolt lock on the bottom of the door like I had on the Force. Kept the door in place when traveling, no issues.
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I use the stainless locks that Halla refers to, they work great.

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We use the SS bolts on both our sliders. The banging while traveling was very distracting. They work really well and are a simple solution.
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Our pocket doors have a white plastic strap that runs across the front and snaps to the other wall.
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Our pocket doors have a white plastic strap that runs across the front and snaps to the other wall.
Our previous camper had a pocket door. Its strap went from one side to a snap on the front of the door edge itself. When it was snapped it never came loose while traveling. Unsnap it and the strap hung on the side of the wall.
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Our previous camper had a pocket door. Its strap went from one side to a snap on the front of the door edge itself. When it was snapped it never came loose while traveling. Unsnap it and the strap hung on the side of the wall.

One of our straps helps us meet one of the owners of the Premier RV Resorts. Forest River did not install, nothing new on our wicked kitty, it correctly and it broke. We met the owner at Boardman, Or and with his selection of washers and screws we were able to fix both door straps correctly. Another of the many fixes that Forest River installed incorrectly.

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On my 5ver we use a piece of pool noodle. You can't leave it in there forever or it looses it's "springiness" use it only when traveling. We use a longer piece in the microwave between the turntable and the top inside of the oven to hold the turntable in place.

We put it there because the constant movement of the door pulls the little strap apart over time. Having fixed it 3 times I came up with this.
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On my 5ver we use a piece of pool noodle. You can't leave it in there forever or it looses it's "springiness" use it only when traveling. We use a longer piece in the microwave between the turntable and the top inside of the oven to hold the turntable in place.

We put it there because the constant movement of the door pulls the little strap apart over time. Having fixed it 3 times I came up with this.


one thousand uses for pool noodles.
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one thousand uses for pool noodles.
I started a thread "100 used for a 5 gallon bucket." but the forum could only come up with 34.

But I bet we could find 1000 uses for pool noodles.
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