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Old 07-14-2011, 05:06 PM   #1
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Rockwood pop up roof latch

I have a 3wk old Rockwood 2317g and one of my roof latches pulled out of the side of the trailer.

The dealer says I must have not have hand the roof down enough and put too much tension on the latch.

However the roof came down to within an inch of the top of the body and I pulled it down to within a half inch, did up the latch, arrived at my destination to find in broken.

If they won't fix it, any suggestions on how to? I have heard it is because of the factory and the way they install the #10 screws. If I put #6 or #8 screws in there will that fix it?

I must say the dealer, Sackville Auto and RV in Sackville NB is certainly not a wealth of information by any means.

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Old 07-15-2011, 12:56 PM   #2
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First of all, I don't have any experience with your situation but...

Is there any way you could add a small piece of plywood to the inside of the roof so that you could use longer screws? If a #10 has pulled through a hole then yes, a #8 or #6 would grab better than a #10 but the strength of those holes may still be compromised. I'd want to get my new screws to bite into something else if at all possible.

Let me know how you make out, I just bought an '08 2317g.

Btw...nice response from your dealer.

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Old 07-15-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Are the other latches mounted tight, not pulling out? If so, I would say that this one might have had the screws put in over tight and stripped out the holes. I would try a larger screw and see how it goes. There should be a wood/metal plate area that the screws go into. Make sure you seal the latch with caulk when you put it back on. Keep a watch on it.

On my old Coleman PU, one latch had pulled out (roof part) and I ended up bolting thru the roof to the inside with a metal backer plate. It inside bolts were hidden by the valance that went around the indife of the roof.

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Chuck Roder & Family
'07 Surveyor SV-235RS & '03 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT LT V8
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