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Old 03-22-2016, 10:15 AM   #11
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:30 AM   #12
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I'm the guy who started the thread; posting update.

As always, thanx for all the replies. I can see it's a problem I share with others. My specific problems are 1) locks don't engage/disengage smoothly & out-right fail to unlock occasionally; 2) the paddle oftentimes doesn't move the interior latch far enough for the door to open; and 3) twice now (in two weeks) the door outright wouldn't open because the latch wouldn't travel far enough to clear the holding mechanism.

Yes, I get it that I can remove & clean the mechanism and then lube with silicon. Yes, that works temporarily. But my specific question was about replacing, not repairing. So that's what I'm focused on. Not spraying more lube every couple of weeks.

Here's what I've found so far. I found a couple of latch/lock manufacturers (RVdesigner.com & trimark). Of course I would rather tell them "I have a 2016 2401S & want locks." But those manufacturers don't tag latches/locks by what RV models they work with. They can provide detailed schematics with measurements, but it's the buyers responsibility to do the measurements & figure out which model to order. I'll take that on as I have more time over the next few weeks & will post an update when I find a suitable replacement. If anyone else has run this trail already, jump in.
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Old 03-22-2016, 11:54 AM   #13
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I'm the guy who started the thread; posting update.

As always, thanx for all the replies. I can see it's a problem I share with others. My specific problems are 1) locks don't engage/disengage smoothly & out-right fail to unlock occasionally; 2) the paddle oftentimes doesn't move the interior latch far enough for the door to open; and 3) twice now (in two weeks) the door outright wouldn't open because the latch wouldn't travel far enough to clear the holding mechanism.

Yes, I get it that I can remove & clean the mechanism and then lube with silicon. Yes, that works temporarily. But my specific question was about replacing, not repairing. So that's what I'm focused on. Not spraying more lube every couple of weeks.

Here's what I've found so far. I found a couple of latch/lock manufacturers (RVdesigner.com & trimark). Of course I would rather tell them "I have a 2016 2401S & want locks." But those manufacturers don't tag latches/locks by what RV models they work with. They can provide detailed schematics with measurements, but it's the buyers responsibility to do the measurements & figure out which model to order. I'll take that on as I have more time over the next few weeks & will post an update when I find a suitable replacement. If anyone else has run this trail already, jump in.
Sometimes the conversation wanders a bit, but this is all good discussion. I've been looking for 6 months and have not yet found a direct replacement, mostly because the hole that is cut in the door to accept the current latch isn't the same shape as latches from other manufacturers. I have moved one particularly tricky latch to a location where I can reach in from another cargo door to manually push the latch up from within if needed, just to avoid being locked out of a cargo area again. All of our shoes were locked in the cargo bin near the entry door for 2 weeks at the end of the summer until the dealer drilled a hole in the front of the latch to push the latch open with a screwdriver. Worst case, if I get locked out on the road again I'll do the same.
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Sometimes the conversation wanders a bit, but this is all good discussion. I've been looking for 6 months and have not yet found a direct replacement, mostly because the hole that is cut in the door to accept the current latch isn't the same shape as latches from other manufacturers. I have moved one particularly tricky latch to a location where I can reach in from another cargo door to manually push the latch up from within if needed, just to avoid being locked out of a cargo area again. All of our shoes were locked in the cargo bin near the entry door for 2 weeks at the end of the summer until the dealer drilled a hole in the front of the latch to push the latch open with a screwdriver. Worst case, if I get locked out on the road again I'll do the same.
Same issue here and same "solution" - reach in from one compartment you can open and unlock the latch from the inside. Doesn't work on single compartments, obviously.

These are the kinds of issues that are beyond frustrating. A reliable retrofit should be available from the manufacturer. I'm not asking them to pay for it, simply source a more durable solution, make it available to previous customers and then use this solution on new models.

Mr. Cavitt, do you not agree that these slam latches are problematic?
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