Originally Posted by mod381
I have a early built 2021 26dbh with the challenger entry doors. The main door was already replaced because it pulled apart. So far the bathroom door has not. I see lots of posts on facebook about these doors coming apart. My question is does anyone know any way to permanently repair these? My concern is my warranty will be up shortly and I am sure it will happen again when it is out of warranty because the new door does not look or feel any different than the original. I have thought about removing the friction hinges and installing regular hinges but then the doors will probably always get slammed into the awning arms.
I have a 2020 Wolf Pup 16fq that had the problem of the door frame separating from the door due to the friction hinges.
Since the warranty was expired I read up on the issue and repaired it myself.
The top and bottom hinges are friction style and after removing the 19 screws holding the door on I was surprised the door only weighed around 10 lbs.
Using a spring scale I found the friction hinges needed 63 lbs of force to move them. Way too much for the light aluminum frame that was glued to the foam door which caused the door to break loose of the frame on the hinge side. I had used wd 40, oil, blaster, etc to free the hinge but to no avail.
Removed the 4 screws in the bottom of the door and separated the frame as much as possible on the hinge side (up to the top hinge mount without bending the frame) and ran three 1/4" bead of Liquid Nail Extreme (white color) one bead along each edge where the door skin and Styrofoam meet and one down the center of the foam and then reassembled the door.
Then I used a 1/4" flat blade screwdriver to use as a wedge and taped it through the hinge pieces to relieve some of the friction. Set all four hinge plate to 35 pounds of pull to move them and reinstalled the door. Closed it and pushed in on the door on the hinge side to make sure it was set properly and left it for 3 days. What a difference. Door still doesn't slam, stays open in the wind and no more flex and separation on the frame.