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Old 09-23-2013, 10:53 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 09-23-2013, 11:39 PM   #2
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I think I just found my next project was thinking last time I used my 325 to do some thing to hold the doors open
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Old 03-03-2014, 03:40 PM   #3
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This is a great post get mine from custom order in about 3 weeks. This will be one of my 1st projects. Thanks for the great idea. Where did you get latches that match so well?
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Old 03-03-2014, 05:33 PM   #4
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I think they were right off the shelf at Camping World.
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Old 03-03-2014, 06:40 PM   #5
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Smile Door latches

Thanks for all the info SargeW
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:09 PM   #6
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I have storage doors which lift UP on my Rockwood 5th Wheel.

The factory installs door holder that catch the side of the door, but they often release (normally when I'm half way inside the storage area) and the door slams into my back.

I install another (same type holder) at the top center of the door, and have found that it never releases on it's own.

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You can also just add gas struts to the doors, but they're a little more expensive.
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Old 03-04-2014, 07:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the info here!

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