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Old 05-12-2012, 10:31 PM   #1
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Door latch question

We just got our new 208 tent trailer and our only annoyance is that you cannot pull the door shut, you have to actually push the latch like you're opening it and then pull it past the latch strike. Is there a way around this? My 4 year old is really struggling with closing the door behind him because of this.
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Old 05-12-2012, 11:57 PM   #2
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It may just need some good ole wd40 Or blaster on it and in it.
Ours gets that way once and awhile.
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Old 05-13-2012, 12:14 AM   #3
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When our trailer was new the door handle was really sticky, trouble opening and closing. Sprayed with WD40 and it works alot better and the door opens and closes properly now.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:10 AM   #4
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Had something similar and what we found is we needed to tighten the hardware. It was allowing the plate to slide up and down so you may want to try that. Be careful not to tighten too tight that you strip it out.
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Old 05-13-2012, 09:59 AM   #5
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Ours was tight also, took the latch completely apart and filed and sanded the square alum. rod and rounded all the edges and sanded all the surfaces it rubs against, put a light coat of lithium grease on it and it works very smooth.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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Another possibility is that the stabilizer jacks are slightly lifting the corners of the camper, causing a slight (but enough) sag in the door opening area. I have an A208 myself, and find that I can screw the jacks down so far that I can't make the door latch at all, then back off so the jacks are just touching the ground--not pushing into it--and be able to open and close the door easily. Even though the frame is heavy steel there's still enough give in the basic camper box that it can flex the few millimeters needed to go from easy to impossible latching.

I also used some spray lube on the latch and that helped as well.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:49 AM   #7
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I didn't think of that. We didn't try hard to completely level it since we have it set up in our yard for the weekend. That could be it for sure. It's not shaky like our 8' one was with 2 jacks, but we didn't take out the level to see how it looked.
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Old 05-13-2012, 03:24 PM   #8
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I don't think it's about being level so much as not being "banana-ed." Back when I was sailing a lot, we'd call the situation where the fore and aft stays were too tight "banana-ing the boat" because of the very slight pushing down in the middle and raising up of the ends that resulted from overtightening the stays, resulting in a slight banana shape to the hull. The same thing can happen by overdoing the muscle power when screwing down the jacks. The effect is too small to see but enough to affect the door. I don't think any damage occurs, though, just inconvenience.
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Old 05-17-2012, 09:25 PM   #9
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Thank you! We're heading out for the weekend tomorrow, hopefully it will latch correctly once we get it setup again.
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Old 05-18-2012, 09:03 PM   #10
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We're out camping now, same issue. Must be something we'll have to live with.
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