Adding Storage Bay Door Latches
On my Columbus 320RS, for the last 5 months, every time I dump tanks, or get into the drivers side storage bay, I have to watch that the doors don't hit me in the head. This is the only set of storage doors on the rig that do not have a latch to hold them open. So I remedied that today.
I picked up a couple of "Entry Door Holders" at the place that is going to fix my brakes tomorrow (I hope). They were only a couple of bucks each, and match the latches already on the rig. I got a 3" and an 6" latch. The 6" latch is for the front door as I wanted to keep it more at a 45 degree angle so the cable that attaches my Auto Levelers control box from being stretched too tight.
I gathered the needed tools and used blue tape to locate the placement of the latch pieces on the doors and walls of the RV. A Sharpie allowed me to mark the location of the latches and the holes I needed to drill. I could not use the screws that came with the latches as they were about 1 1/2" long. I used some smaller 3/4" screws that I had on hand.
After predrilling the 3/32" holes with a drill, I siliconed the holes and the screws with adhesive silicone. I attached the brackets, and even touched up the screws with a little black paint.
The new latches match the existing latches, and look factory. They are relatively cheap to buy, and now I can access the storage bay without banging into them at every turn.