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kbooky

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Posted: 02/09/18 11:50am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

thanks for the info about drawer slides and latches

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Our doors are always secured. My wife uses those poly tail elastic bands.

Even though the door closes and latches tight, I have had pots and pans bounce out. So now everything is secured.


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kbooky wrote:

Thanks for the replies.

Personally, I consider it a design flaw. The latches should be such that they need to be unlatched. Driving down the road caused them to open. The manufacturer does not make any mention of tying them closed, opening the slide only part way and checking for clearance.

Having said that, it is only an annoyance, not a reason to bad mouth the Cougar High Country.

I have had to repair other things on the unit to to my inexperience and errors.

We enjoy the unit and have done some interesting and useful things to it. I look forward to seeing what others are doing to customize.

I think there is a bit of common since here, we have three cabinet doors that our big side can catch if open. Before we run out the slides we check the doors and for anything else that may have fallen in the way. We don’t tie cabinets shut too much trouble. We have drawers open once in a while but not doors.


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I didn't read this whole thread but assuming a cabinet door should stay closed not matter what is not realistic imo. I cleaned off an open cabinet door with the slide one day only to find my wife stacked seven 2 litre soda bottles on their sides. I can tell you, I didn't blame the manufacturer!Lol


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ideally, nothing would interfere with the slides
ideally, trailers would have the maximum amount of storage space available.

pick one. mfg pick the 2nd, which I agree with.


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here is a latch I used in my home built cargo toy hauler that has worked extremely well.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07115R9C8/ref=pd_luc_rh_sspa_dk_huc_pt_sub_1?psc=1

It's a push to lock/push to unlock. once pushed in it locks the door in place and it is easy to see if everything is locked.

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I put thumb latches on the pantry doors after the camper tried to make a sketti dinner all over the floor. Amazing how spread out a small bottle of olive oil will go.


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All of the cabinets in our TC use positive latches like these:

http://www.rvpartscountry.com/Hidden-RV-Door-Catch.html

The part that looks like a dozer blade is along the edge the door, out of sight and presses in within a routered part of the door frame. They will not open by road vibration.

I’m in the camp that is something is supposed to keep a door shut, and doesn’t that is at a minimum a poor design. Further evidence is the number of people who have had this happen to them. If positive latches are more expensive or a bit more difficult to operate (which is why I suspect they don’t use them), then at least use them on the cabinets that interfere with slides.

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I had the same concern with a pantry door that is hidden behind the slide when closed - slide could catch the door and rip it off while opening. I installed a screen door lock. The lock stays open while we are camping, it doesnt change the door operation at all. Engaging the lock is part of my closing checklist before pulling the slide in so it is latched while traveling and when I am operating the slide. It is on a Keystone Cougar TT. Here is the lock, they are available in different sizes so you could span to the frame.

https://www.amazon.com/Prime-Line-9847-Sliding-Hardened-Diecast/dp/B004AHVA5S/ref=sr_1_6?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1518363597&sr=1-6&keywords=screen+door+lock

Lots of different solutions, this worked for me.

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