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Old 03-02-2021, 05:06 PM   #1
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Are our door hinges failing?

We have a brand new CC Cottage. Recently I noticed one of the hinges for the screen door was busted. When looking at it closer I can see three other hinges for the door cracked too. They seem intact and there is no problem opening or closing the door. Are these cracks to be expected or do we have another warranty issue to deal with?
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Old 03-03-2021, 11:42 AM   #2
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Maybe I'm missing something but I don't see the cracks you are talking about. I do see some sloppy spot welding.
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:20 PM   #3
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Maybe I'm missing something but I don't see the cracks you are talking about. I do see some sloppy spot welding.
I agree it looks like a pretty bad job of welding. However I wonder why, unless when they formed that bracket it was undersized enough to not fully touch at the gap. So they tried to weld it together so the gap appeared to be minimal. The hole would have to have been machined after the weld job to assure the hole wasn't compromised which would have made it difficult to rotate around the pin.

I think I would ask for them to be replaced for appearance sake especially if still under warranty.

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Old 03-03-2021, 01:35 PM   #4
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That's not a spot weld, that is hard grease. Those are friction hinges that are designed to stay where you leave them. The relief in the hinge is so it can flex without breaking. it does appear that they forgot to attach one of the leaf's though.
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Old 03-03-2021, 01:53 PM   #5
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That's not a spot weld, that is hard grease. Those are friction hinges that are designed to stay where you leave them. The relief in the hinge is so it can flex without breaking. it does appear that they forgot to attach one of the leaf's though.
I missed seeing that the one leaf was not attached.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:10 PM   #6
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I missed seeing that the one leaf was not attached.
I have those hinges on mine, i really don't like them at all. On one hand they are nice that they don't go flying out of your hand on a windy day. On the other hand they feel like they are going to break every time you move them.
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Old 03-03-2021, 02:26 PM   #7
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Ok, so it sounds like the hinges are structurally sound, just lacking in esthetics.

The one missing at the bottom was connected to the screen door and is completely sheered off. I will be submitting a warranty claim with CC for the screen door. But to my understanding the entire door and screen door have to be replaced.
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Old 03-03-2021, 04:37 PM   #8
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Ok, so it sounds like the hinges are structurally sound, just lacking in esthetics.

The one missing at the bottom was connected to the screen door and is completely sheered off. I will be submitting a warranty claim with CC for the screen door. But to my understanding the entire door and screen door have to be replaced.
Most likely. My door wouldn't swing freely as it should have, no matter how much lubricant was applied. Also found that the inside of that door was separating from the outside framework as you opened the door. Didn't leak or anything like that but just wasn't right. While I had it at Amish Family RV it got replaced under warranty, as Orvan went to the factory and secured a new one to replace it with.

Good luck with yours -
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Old 03-05-2021, 08:03 PM   #9
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Door hinges

This doesn't pertain to the entry door, but our basement door connections with the lifts on our Cedar Creek Hathaway 34RL2 were pulling out of the door - once this started happening, the door alignment was affected so when closing, the door started to hit the frame. Mentioned this to another camper that also had a Cedar Creek Silverback and he had the same problem. He fixed with a larger plate affixed to the door then the lift hinge connected to that. Sturdy with no issues. Hope this helps someone.
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