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Old 04-01-2012, 07:14 PM   #1
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How to prevent wind from slamming door and causing damage?

Here a couple of pics of our entry door. If we don't hold onto the entry door tightly when it is really windy out, the door can get slammed against the awning support. It's happened a few times already in the short time we've had the TT. I would like to find some kind of bump stop or something to prevent damage. I had our trailer at an RV clinic last week and asked them about it and they didn't know what the answer was. They didn't have a product that would work.

It's also a problem when we have the awning down, but the door hits the awning support strut in a different spot.

Anyone know how to solve this or what RV parts vendor might have a good selection of door hardware I can look at? Thanks for any input.
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Old 04-01-2012, 07:36 PM   #2
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Hi in Langley, BC. We live in Cloverdale, BC.
I don't have a solution but I was wondering if the awning was installed at the factory or if it was a later option. Our door opens all the way to the right against the TT side and it has a latch to hold it open. If the wind caught it, it would hit the latch first.
One suggestion would be to buy one of those trunk latch hydraulic lifters. They have several sizes of them at Princess Auto in Langley. That would let it open to only a set opening.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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I have seen many units with a strut at the top of the door. I am not sure if it is a factory option on some models, or an aftermarket item. I have seen this strut on motorhomes, 5th wheels, and travel trailers alike.

Another solution might be a wind check chain for a storm door, you should be able to get those at Lowes.
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Old 04-01-2012, 08:15 PM   #4
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Our new 12 Flagstaff 8528RKWS came from the factory with a gas cyl on the door that prevents it from slamming into the awning strut which, if the cyl was removed, it would hit. The gas cyl just lets the door open 90 degrees which is a PITA! I just 30 minutes ago removed the cyl and will try to come up with some way to let the door open farther but not hit the awning strut. I will probably end up with 2 separate latches, one to hold it against the deployed awning strut and another to hold it against the awning strut when it is in the stowed position. As soon as I get the remote control on the awning, the door is the next project. Will post pics if I come up with something.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:24 PM   #5
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check into a screen door spring like one of these?
Storm Door Chain and Spring-K 5141 at The Home Depot
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:30 PM   #6
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Those would be a little troublesome in mounting due to the screen door and also, the doors are extremely flimsy when it comes to screwing into them. From past experience on our houses, after about 2 or 3 yrs, the screws get yanked out if the wind catches the door a couple of times. But thanks for the idea.
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Old 04-01-2012, 10:51 PM   #7
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It's ugly, but what about that foam that goes around a pipe? Or a shaved down pool noodle ... Until you are able to think of something more permanent.
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Old 04-01-2012, 11:44 PM   #8
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Our new 12 Flagstaff 8528RKWS came from the factory with a gas cyl on the door that prevents it from slamming into the awning strut which, if the cyl was removed, it would hit. The gas cyl just lets the door open 90 degrees which is a PITA! I just 30 minutes ago removed the cyl and will try to come up with some way to let the door open farther but not hit the awning strut. I will probably end up with 2 separate latches, one to hold it against the deployed awning strut and another to hold it against the awning strut when it is in the stowed position. As soon as I get the remote control on the awning, the door is the next project. Will post pics if I come up with something.
You have done yourself a service by removing that strut. I buggered up my door and frame with that strut. It is over pressured for the door causing the door to get "out of rack." Over time it bent the hinges so bad the locks would not work. Once I removed it everything worked fine. I put a hold open latch on the door and camper wall to hold the door open.
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Old 04-02-2012, 12:22 PM   #9
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The solution for when the awning is open is to disconnect the support arms from the camper side and placing them straight down on the ground at the end of the awning instead of leaving them hooked to the camper.
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Old 04-02-2012, 01:57 PM   #10
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Can't remove the arms on a power awning.
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