Good Sam Club Open Roads Forum: General RVing Issues: Drawer latches
Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Drawer latches

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev
Gdetrailer

PA

Senior Member

Joined: 01/05/2007

View Profile



Posted: 11/27/20 12:30pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

For drawers, the easy fix is to add a little block of wood or piece of stiff metal UNDER the drawer provided your drawer has enough up/down slop..

Here is a pix of my drawers..

[image]

In my case, I used a piece of aluminum which I bent to create a small ramp on one side. Push the drawer in and the metal ramp contacts the bottom of cabinet and pushes drawer up slightly. Once past the metal the drawer drops down and the metal now holds the drawer in.

To open drawer, you simply pull up slightly while pulling the drawer out. Pulling up allows the metal piece to go past the bottom of cabinet front.

This works like a charm and was modeled after my Dads old 1960s TC which used similar idea.

For your cabinet doors, go with some REAL catches, I would highly recommend using Double roller catches.. These babies WILL hold even under the worst possible road conditions and will take considerable amount of pull to open them.

[image]

You most likely will need to add a bit of blocking at the door edge but they will hold far better than magnetic catches.

The only downside to these is they do have that little metal clasp that you can scrape a hand or arm on but at least my doors don't fly open..

Those can be found at Home Depot/Lowes or Amazon..

F1bNorm

Gardena, CA

Senior Member

Joined: 11/10/2004

View Profile



Posted: 11/28/20 01:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We also have a Winnebago product and it came equipped with this style LATCH
We’ve had other rv’s with a variety of latch systems and these have been the nicest. They do occasionally misfire if something is sticking out of the drawer, but that would be with any latch system. I believe they are available in different holding strengths if staying shut is a problem.

* This post was edited 11/29/20 02:55am by F1bNorm *


F1BNorm

Lynnmor

Red Lion

Senior Member

Joined: 07/16/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/28/20 03:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Years ago when common sense was common, positive latching was used. Here is one source of this type of latch.





Mongobird

Western New York

New Member

Joined: 09/28/2020

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 11/28/20 05:31pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Lynnmor wrote:

Years ago when common sense was common, positive latching was used. Here is one source of this type of latch.


Thank you for the link, but there are several latches at this site. Can you point out which one you are suggesting?

Thanks.

Lynnmor

Red Lion

Senior Member

Joined: 07/16/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 11/28/20 06:05pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Mongobird wrote:

Lynnmor wrote:

Years ago when common sense was common, positive latching was used. Here is one source of this type of latch.


Thank you for the link, but there are several latches at this site. Can you point out which one you are suggesting?

Thanks.


Any latch that has a push button or other operator input will stay closed. Friction latches don't have a positive catch and will come open with enough of a bump. Choose one that fits your cabinets or taste, the website has a few and searching should bring up more. Modern trailers don't have the positive catches because they cost a bit more.

down home

south

Senior Member

Joined: 06/01/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 11/30/20 09:15am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I do believe shocks and... a sway bar would stop some of the throwing of dishes, silver ware and pantry items all over the RV. Don't hear much of this in Motor Home do we. Even Fifth Wheels and Trailers with shocks don't have sway bars.
I think they should. No big project to install one I think, once you determine weight an appropriate sway bar.
Also Air Ride hitches really do help a lot. Going west on I40, when it was like driving on rail road ties or boulder field, back then, we saw a lot of pitching and heaving of Firth Wheels and Trailers.Ours rode smooth. Looking out the rear glass of the F350 we could see the air bag adsorbing the beating from the road.
I bet the shocks were hot too.

mr_andyj

Georgia

Full Member

Joined: 11/13/2004

View Profile



Posted: 12/01/20 09:44am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Push button latches work great. I used them on a 4x4 truck camper on a giant heavy drawer with no issues.
They look great and when pushed in (locked) are flush with the drawer front, so no catching on clothes or bumping into, when out it makes a handle to pull open. They are a little more work to install bc you need to make holes in the drawer front, but well worth it.

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev

Open Roads Forum  >  General RVing Issues

 > Drawer latches
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in General RVing Issues


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.