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VG1087RVing

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I am interested in switching one of my Basement Doors from Top Hinged to Side Hinged. I believe I can keep the Lock/Latch at the same spot, but if not I think it would be ok to install a new latch. Then i would just deactivate the old latch.

I am looking for feed back from my fellow Roadmasters.

1- Is this even possible?
2- What kind of Hinge should I get?
3- If i want to try it, maybe first doing it on a used door might be smart, is there a good place to go it used RV parts?

ANY HELP Would be great..

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VG1087RVing wrote:


I am looking for feed back from my fellow Roadmasters.

1- Is this even possible?

Why Not?

2- What kind of Hinge should I get?
Either look at the hinges already there and go to your local big box hardware store (Lowes etc) or remove the old ones and use them on the side. I would use a thin metal backer plate on the back side of the door and thru bolt the side hinge.
I would place the side hinges on the front edge of the door so the wind would blow the door shut in case someone forgets to latch it.

3- If i want to try it, maybe first doing it on a used door might be smart, is there a good place to go it used RV parts?

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I would use a piano hinge. There will be a lot more stress on the hinges supporting a door from the side rather than hanging from the top.
The door may or may not close flush with the body of the RV when you change the configuration of the hinges.
I wouldn't bother finding a used door to experiment. Just measure, calculate and think long and hard about how you will make the changes before you start drilling or cutting.

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Roadmaster as in Monaco?

Do you have the clearance to make the change and/or have to modify the door etc?

Is the door structuraly strong enough to make the change for a side mount?

If the latch will work with it's different position relative to the hinges will it provide overall adequate door support when closed under various conditions?

I'm guessing you want a side mount for more vertical clearance? They are great for me when the slides are in but most of the time they are not and the slide outs are over them.

My side opening doors have 2 hinges that can be adjusted to align the door.


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Not only does the hinge have to be stronger but you need to watch clearances more closely. If it sags on the end away from the hinge, it will chafe against the frame as you bounce down the road.


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VG1087RVing wrote:

I am interested in switching one of my Basement Doors from Top Hinged to Side Hinged. I believe I can keep the Lock/Latch at the same spot, but if not I think it would be ok to install a new latch. Then i would just deactivate the old latch.

I am looking for feed back from my fellow Roadmasters.

1- Is this even possible?
2- What kind of Hinge should I get?
3- If i want to try it, maybe first doing it on a used door might be smart, is there a good place to go it used RV parts?

ANY HELP Would be great..

Thanks


What are you trying to achieve? Opening it horizontally gives you no more access opening than vertical. What about taking the hatch door and frame out completely and turning it up side down. No need for a hold open latch. Secondly I don't know what type of latches there are, maybe the T handle that turns 90 degrees, you could change that to a push button snap latch. There are both locking and non locking versions. https://www.dyersonline.com/rv-designer-locking-push-compartment-latch.html

* This post was edited 11/24/20 02:11pm by Fisherman *

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