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Ramblin' Ralph

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The "latch" that holds my converter panel closed broke. The latch is similar to what is on the outside fridge panel. Plastic part that you just twist to open/close. I've tried some googling, but come up with nothing. Probably using the wrong term.

Can anybody point me to a source or suggest an alternative?

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Latch

Here is what your looking for. They are off the charts expensive so be careful when installing.

for whatever reason they mold the catch and lock together separating and mating the 2 together can be where the frustration begins.

I think i bought this one too as i will use tape or something else then buy a name brand one 20$ these are worth less then 10 cents.

I use caution when ever using these whether on the fridge or converter panel. Up is unlocked sideways is locked. carefully make sure the latch is all the way in before locking. NEVER FORCE they will always break as do they degrade over long time periods.

take your time separating the 2 and even more time pressing the lock into the latch or you will break the new one.

They make them tight so the lock cant jiggle back out. I dont have any great tricks to get them in i think i pressed it in until my finger bled probably broke one of them an somehow got them to go in. Good luck. mine has been in service for a few years after you figure it out

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Posted: 12/09/19 12:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ramblin' Ralph wrote:

The "latch" that holds my converter panel closed broke. The latch is similar to what is on the outside fridge panel. Plastic part that you just twist to open/close. I've tried some googling, but come up with nothing. Probably using the wrong term.

Can anybody point me to a source or suggest an alternative?

Thanks,


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Posted: 12/09/19 02:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

craz z wrote:

Latch

Here is what your looking for. They are off the charts expensive so be careful when installing.

for whatever reason they mold the catch and lock together separating and mating the 2 together can be where the frustration begins


The shorter one pictured is for the converter, the longer is plastic reefer vent.

I honestly never had a problem installing- orient it correctly, slip it into the hole, and whack the center part with a hammer, which will seat it correctly.


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craz z wrote:

Here is what your looking for. They are off the charts expensive so be careful when installing.
$3.50 each is expensive?

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Posted: 12/09/19 03:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When mine broke I called and they sent them for free.
try this number... 877-294-8997


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Thanks very much for the link and the install tips. I'll add this to my next Amazon order. The hardest part for me with the install will be to get down on my hands and knees(and back up again)! [emoticon]

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2oldman wrote:

craz z wrote:

Here is what your looking for. They are off the charts expensive so be careful when installing.
$3.50 each is expensive?


Expensive yes, unaffordable probably not. But those latches probably cost less than a penny each to make. Even if they were a dime each $3.50 is crazy expensive for what you get.


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I picked the cheapest one. here is a name brand one with a price that's out of this world but hey it's got great reviews! U might even get 2 based on the great reviews haha it's one of those items with great profit margins

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If u read the reviews on the first link especially the 1 stars you'll quickly see how hard inserting the lock into the latch even if using a hammer. one guy bought 7 sets and broke most of them amazon is good at returns but even at 6$ if you break 7 sets that's 42$ not that you'd pay all that but still.

All I can say is take your time and take a break when your ready to smash it.

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