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Old 10-21-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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Entry door comes open going down the road

I have a 2015 Rockwood Signature ultralight model # 8244WS. I recently started having problems with the door coming open going down the road. The first time I thought I just didn't get it closed, so I closed it again locked door handle and deadbolt. Thirty miles later I stopped and found door open again with both locks still locked. This happened two more times, until I put a bungee cord across it to keep it closed. It even came open with bungee cord on it. The last 200 miles home I put bungee cord supper tight and it stayed closed. I have no stress cracks on inside or outside. Door locks go into Striker plate 3/8 of an inch on door latch and a 1/2 inch on deadbolt. The margin around the door seems to be pretty even. I called Forestriver was promised a call back but no call as of yet. Does anyone have any ideas of the cause of the door coming open. I haven't inspected the frame due to the underbelly cover is a son of a gun to get down. With no cracks inside or outside, I don't think it is a frame issue anyway. I am at a total loss on this one.
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Old 10-21-2019, 10:43 PM   #2
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I have a 2015 Rockwood Signature ultralight model # 8244WS. I recently started having problems with the door coming open going down the road. The first time I thought I just didn't get it closed, so I closed it again locked door handle and deadbolt. Thirty miles later I stopped and found door open again with both locks still locked. This happened two more times, until I put a bungee cord across it to keep it closed. It even came open with bungee cord on it. The last 200 miles home I put bungee cord supper tight and it stayed closed. I have no stress cracks on inside or outside. Door locks go into Striker plate 3/8 of an inch on door latch and a 1/2 inch on deadbolt. The margin around the door seems to be pretty even. I called Forestriver was promised a call back but no call as of yet. Does anyone have any ideas of the cause of the door coming open. I haven't inspected the frame due to the underbelly cover is a son of a gun to get down. With no cracks inside or outside, I don't think it is a frame issue anyway. I am at a total loss on this one.
Crappy door hardware. I've locked mine on a windy day and the next day the door will pull open even locked. I think the vibration of towing it or even a good wind causes the internals to allow it to jiggle open. Replace the entire thing with decent hardware. Consider it an opportunity to upgrade to a keypad entry system or a keyless one.
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Old 10-25-2019, 05:40 PM   #3
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Old 10-28-2019, 12:12 PM   #4
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I'd be looking for either door flex or frame flex. Can you twist either the lock edge of the door and/or the frame enough to release the deadbolt?
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:15 PM   #5
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I can not twist or pull on on door or frame enough to get door to come open with just door handle locked. Door frame and door seem pretty solid. No signs of interior or exterior cracks that would indicate frame flex. I would think it would have to flex quite a bit to cause door to open. I would also think damage somewhere else would show up.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:06 AM   #6
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is there a strike plate screwed into the door frame? if so can you unscrew it and put some spacers (washers) behind it to move it out a bit from the frame so that more of the dead bolt / latch goes into it?
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:19 AM   #7
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If the door nor the frame flexes enough to allow the deadbolt to clear the striker plate, then it almost has to be the wall. Have you pushed on the wall near the door on both sides to see how easily it moves?

It could be the entire box racking due to air pressure as you go down the road, but that's probably going to be hard to spot.

I think I'd set up a camera set to record continuously and pull it long enough for the door to come open and see if you can tell what's happening.
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Old 10-29-2019, 07:21 AM   #8
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I had to remove striker plates from our Cherokee. They had 3 overlapping each other. WHY ? I have no freaking clue. Door edge kept hitting the edge of the last striker plate. Door still works and locks fine.
With a 1/2" of deadbolt in jamb, I'd be looking for some serious frame flexing.
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