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IBcarguy

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Posted: 01/10/18 12:08pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The door latch on my new 5th wheel is very hard to close, especially after setting up and leveling in a camp spot. When I get it home or to my dealer, it seems to close much easier. My dealer says it's fine and no repair is needed. I guess things get tweaked a little when not in a completely level spot. Looking at it, there isn't much adjustment in the striker, it's all the way out already.
Question is, does anyone know of a replacement latch that offers more adjustment or easier operation? Has anyone ever adapted a regular house door latch with a knob? I gotta do something...DW is getting PO'd every time she slams it and it won't latch.

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Posted: 01/10/18 01:23pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We never slam our door. To close the door I pull on the handle, close the door, release the handle and push on the door to latch it completely.


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How are you leveling?


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Just use the landing gear for up/down and 2x8 wood pads under tires to level side to side if needed.

Yes, slamming the door only makes it worse. Pulling the small finger tab will close it but it's not easy because it's pretty small.

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Spraying with
Silicone will help some but it's mostly just the nature of the beast. You might want to stop slamming it.

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IBcarguy wrote:

Just use the landing gear for up/down and 2x8 wood pads under tires to level side to side if needed.

Yes, slamming the door only makes it worse. Pulling the small finger tab will close it but it's not easy because it's pretty small.


How hard do you crank up on the rear levelers??


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,7 1/2 years traveling in our previous 5 the wheel sometimes it was difficult to close the door after a day of travel even if it was level. The next morning all was well. Just the way it is.


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rhagfo wrote:

IBcarguy wrote:

Just use the landing gear for up/down and 2x8 wood pads under tires to level side to side if needed.

Yes, slamming the door only makes it worse. Pulling the small finger tab will close it but it's not easy because it's pretty small.


How hard do you crank up on the rear levelers??

Just until I hear the motor labor slightly.

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Had a similar issue on ours. I pulled of the striker plate and flattened it out some with hammer. Closes much easier now.


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campigloo wrote:

Spraying with
Silicone will help some but it's mostly just the nature of the beast. You might want to stop slamming it.


please tell my wife this.....

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