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Old 06-19-2014, 09:21 PM   #1
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Roo Latch System Problems

This is our second summer with our 2014 Roo. We have had a number of problems with our bunkends leaking, had the front bunkend replaced at the end of the summer and now problems with the latch system.

The bottom of the latch system at the handle literally exploded today when trying to close the bunk. As you know, it is a plastic system that is unlikely to last more than a few seasons. The system is held together by little 1/2 inch rivet like things that are pressed into the plastic. (I wish I could show you a picture of one, but mine shot out like bullets when the system came apart).

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Thought for a second about calling my dealer, but from my experience they are either incapable or unwilling to do quality work. I came up with a solution that will undoubtedly outlast the rivet system.

I used a 1/8 inch drill bit and drilled through the handle. I drilled part way from both sides as there is a collar on both sides that the arms fit into (did not want to damage the collar). There is only about an 1/8 - 1/4 inch of plastic to go through because of the holes for the rivets. I purchased #4-32 x 1 1/2 inch stainless steel machine screws and nuts and installed them straight through. I clipped the end of the screw, filed it down flush and added a little silicon to help hold the nut in place.

This happened in my driveway, if we had been camping and packing up there is no way we would have been able to hold the door closed. I purchased enough materials to do all the latches as they break. Will carry all the tools to make this repair anywhere.

I have already had to push one of the rivets in the top of the mechanism back into place. I think the same solution would work for the top three rivets just with shorter screws.

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Old 06-19-2014, 11:11 PM   #2
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So sorry for those issues. I've been waiting to see such pictures appear. When I first set eyes on those latches at an rv show, I screamed to myself ... NO!! Thanks for posting and warning others to be prepared for potential campground repairs. (As we should anyway...)
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Old 06-20-2014, 08:47 AM   #3
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Great Fix! Wonder if this should be a sticky since many of us will likely be doing the same thing next year to ours.
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Old 06-20-2014, 10:24 AM   #4
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I wonder if a simple coarse thread screw with a star washer would work as well. Would probably be a little easier to drive a screw than to drill out a hole and insert bolt and nut, then file nut. Just thinking about the "emergency get home kit."
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I wonder if a simple coarse thread screw with a star washer would work as well. Would probably be a little easier to drive a screw than to drill out a hole and insert bolt and nut, then file nut. Just thinking about the "emergency get home kit."

I would think in an emergency that would be a good fix. I did not want to enlarge the original hole that the rivets went into. A 1/8 inch bit was prefect. That is not unlike what these rivets like things look like, not so much like thread but spiralled that grabs the plastic. I was looking for a more long term solution. Total time to do fix about 10 mins, after purchasing materials.
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Old 06-20-2014, 11:02 AM   #6
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Sorry to hear... You'd expect new designs to be better than old, but not when they use questionable materials.

And not to rub it in but I'm suddenly glad I have a 2013 Roo with the older style latches. I carry a 4' ladder as it is so don't have any trouble reaching them.
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I would think in an emergency that would be a good fix. I did not want to enlarge the original hole that the rivets went into. A 1/8 inch bit was prefect. That is not unlike what these rivets like things look like, not so much like thread but spiralled that grabs the plastic. I was looking for a more long term solution. Total time to do fix about 10 mins, after purchasing materials.

I do agree that this is a long term fix. Mine have popped out before an I just crimped them back on. I just do not wanti have to replace them all until the need arises or I find more that constantly pop out. I typically do not carry a drill or bits when camping. Good write up and I will definitely get some as spares for when I am home.
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I typically do not carry a drill or bits when camping.
I carry a cordless drill anyway to run down the stabilizers. Adding the bits was no big deal.
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That is my 5 year old daughters job Rockfordroo. I wouldn't want to make it too easy on her! ;-)
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5 years old? You're a slave-driver!

(Probably keeps her busy and out of your hair, though!)
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