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Old 05-23-2012, 05:56 PM   #1
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Door won't open!!

Hi all from the TT Newbies!!

Well we just moved our 2012 SP295 out of storage. We bought it in November and it went straight into storage, so we were very excited to get it in on the driveway.

Then I went to go inside! The door won't open! It's like the hinges are seized up. I thought at first it was because it wasn't level. A problem that we had with our tent trailer but certainly did not expect on a TT. The door won't open more than about 6".

I thought I would check the forum before I make a call to a local dealership.

Anyone experience this?

Frustrated Newbie!!

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Old 05-23-2012, 06:00 PM   #2
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if it was put away wet and in open storage its posible that the hinges are tight .
try pb blaster or wd 40 and get them loosened up .
mine make a loud squeaking noise when we get it out in the spring a little lube and its gone for the year .
ours is stored inside even.
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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I might be that the door seals have "glued" to the door. Sometime my door is hard to open after just a couple of weeks of sitting. A little more persuasion might be in order.

Also make sure your locks are disengaging all of the way.
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I might be that the door seals have "glued" to the door. Sometime my door is hard to open after just a couple of weeks of sitting. A little more persuasion might be in order.

Also make sure your locks are disengaging all of the way.
he said it did open 6 inches
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As a side note in the past they have used aluminum hinges with steel pins . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galvanic_corrosion
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Old 05-23-2012, 06:10 PM   #6
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Thanks guys. for your help. I tried WD40 about an hour ago. Hopefully that will do it. The middle hinge and the bottom hinge don't appear to turn, so maybe thats it. I just hate to force it, I'm really good at breaking things!

I will soak it down before I take the boy to lacrosse and maybe by the time I get back it will open.

Thanks again for your help.

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I think your best bet is to soak and work door easily .
soak and work
soak and work

well you get the idea ...... good luck and let us know how you get along.
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he said it did open 6 inches
Oops, I missed that. Ignore my last post.
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I just soaked it down for the third time with WD40 and it's starting to loosen up. I can a least squeeze inside now. Thanks again for all your help!

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Hinge problem fixed. Curtis from RVnation shipped me the new hinge. I drilled it out and installed the new. My local dealer Transcona trailer refuses to service units they did not sell. So I did the warranty job myself thanks to Curtis!
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Watch out using wd-40 it will loosen it but also seals the moisture in use pb blaster if youcan stand the smell it will melt rust and moisture away
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Watch out using wd-40 it will loosen it but also seals the moisture in use pb blaster if youcan stand the smell it will melt rust and moisture away
From: http://www.wd40.com/faqs/#a91
WD-40 literally stands for Water Displacement, 40th formula. That's the name straight out of the lab book used by the chemist who developed the product back in 1953. The chemist, Norm Larsen, was attempting to concoct a formula to prevent corrosion—a task which is done by displacing water. Norm's persistence paid off when he perfected the formula on his 40th try.
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Old 07-11-2012, 10:41 AM   #14
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Hinge

My welder buddy says he has never seen anything like it. The aluminum hinge was seized solid. The trailer came right of the factory and into winter storage last fall. We think it was either that paint settled in the hinge or the plastic grommets in between swelled. He is going to take it apart just out of curiosity to see if he can see the problem.

The facts on the WD40 are cool. I'm a bit of a Cliff Clavin myself. That will be a handy piece of trivia.

Thanks Guys
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