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Freep

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Posted: 08/31/17 11:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

During the last trip we had to tape a cabinet shut because the hinge had come loose. We've been frustrated with the latches and hinges in the Lance camper for some time now and I think I need to just go ahead and replace it all. I'm sure some of you guys have already gone through this process and I'd like some suggestions please.

One other item I'd like to replace is the latch for the wet bath. It's this weird little button latch that doesn't work well. In fact, I ended up locking myself in the bathroom during the last trip when I shut the door and then couldn't open it from the inside. That stupid thing has to go.


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Have you looked at big box stores? When we moved into this house I swapped all the hinges with soft close for about 7 dollars a door. On an RV you might have to do some wood working to get hidden hinges. But think if the looks when your done.





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I use Blum hardware for residential use and would do so if I was replacing on a camper.


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Lowes or Home Despot will have what you need. I replaced a lot of my latches and hinges with higher quality items. I especially like the positive bayonet latches they have. Very positive latching.


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I don't know what Lance latches you have, but those on my 2001 Lance are one of the best thing in the unit.
Such hardware is very specific and not available in general places like Home Depot. I would seek specific cabinet hardware supplier, or contact Lance for the options.





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Kayteg1 wrote:

I don't know what Lance latches you have, but those on my 2001 Lance are one of the best thing in the unit.
Such hardware is very specific and not available in general places like Home Depot. I would seek specific cabinet hardware supplier, or contact Lance for the options.


Makes no sense. You get hardware from Lane and it's the same junk they use in the campers. Lowes or HD will have a huge selection and better quality

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I took pictures of the lock I have in Lance.
You barely see it from the front, while side push open very strong latch.
HD holds different stock at different locations, but I was never able to find cabinet locking latch with them. All they stock was spring-latch.
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The hinges are the biggest problem, or maybe it's just the screws. They end up coming out, the holes get stripped and the doors are no longer square. It seems like the materials and construction are not up to the challenge of a vehicle that vibrates a lot. The wood has split on about half of the cabinets where latches or hinges are attached.

I'm even thinking about making a locking bar that clamps down over the cabinet doors from the outside to keep them from popping open during travel.

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My supposedly cheapo Palomino has real hardwood doors and I mean hard as in you'd better drill a pilot hole or a screw isn't going in. Door wise or drawer wise, nothing has ever loosened up or sagged. Very substantial woodwork.

If I remember correctly, the Lance I sold had much thinner doors that my present TC.

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The pictured doors have solid wood, at least on the frames and at 17 years they hold perfectly, so let's hear what model of Lance you have with so many problems?
For stripped screw holes, I would just get some epoxy and dip toothpicks in it to insert into the holes.
Give it overnight to dry and it is going to be stronger than original.

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