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Old 04-03-2016, 08:36 AM   #1
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Cam latch conversion to slam latch

Has anyone converted their storage compartment latches from the cam latch to the new slam latch? Nothing worse is going through camper shows and finding most all mid to upper range coaches have these nice latches. Those silly cam latches make our 2013 TT look cheap against new units!
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Old 04-03-2016, 09:01 AM   #2
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For what it' worth, the basement doors on mine are sslain latches. I like them for some reasons but hate them for others. The biggest reason I hate them is there are two latches on each door about 12 inches apart. There is no way to open the door without using both hands. Kind of frustrating if you already have something in your hands.

I was looking at swapping my locks out for more security and latches are available.
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Old 04-03-2016, 10:54 AM   #3
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I have considered the doing the same thing. All of my doors have one keyed cam latch and one non keyed. I was thinking of replacing the the keyed cam latch with a slam latch. Even though the slam latch would be off set, it would still be secure and the non keyed cam latch would still serve a purpose.
I will be interested to hear what anyone has to say if they have done this. If so, perhaps a picture(s) can be posted as well?
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In theory, it's just cutting a larger hole in your door and cutting a small hole in the trim for the latch.

Bauer sells slam latches...
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Old 04-03-2016, 12:21 PM   #5
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looking up information on this topic, I found the following. It allows the conversion while still utilizing the original cam latch mounting hole.

http://www.rvdesigner.com/prodview.asp?ci=&pi=442
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looking up information on this topic, I found the following. It allows the conversion while still utilizing the original cam latch mounting hole.

http://www.rvdesigner.com/prodview.asp?ci=&pi=442
That looks cool but wouldn't that require the use of the key every time you want to open the door? Would be a pain if you couldn't leave it unlocked
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That looks cool but wouldn't that require the use of the key every time you want to open the door? Would be a pain if you couldn't leave it unlocked
I am not sure, but I believe you are right. It looks like it takes a key every time you want to open it. However, that wouldn't bother me, I keep all my hatches locked all the time when they are closed. Even if I am sitting in camp by the campfire 20 feet away. If I am not actively loading or unloading within site, I leave them locked.

An interesting axiom is that simple burglary is more often a result of opportunity. Sure, thieves are bad people and shouldn't steal, etc. and so forth. However, while it is not a absolute, it is still more often than not that when people who are victims of theft sit back and truly analyze the situation, they can find something they could have done to prevent the theft.

Where I learned this lesson: I was at home loading my old 5er to go on a weekend trip. I unlocked a storage door and loaded my nice Craftsman portable tool box and my old Makita cordless drill, reclosed the storage door, but did not lock it. The trailer was parked on the side of my house. I stepped into the garage (out of site of my trailer) to grab a couple others items and a small tent for the kids. I was away from the trailer 5 minutes or less. When I came back the tool box and the drill were gone. No one in sight (though, I thought I remembered a vehicle driving by, but never gave it a thought, while I was in the garage). Ever since then, I keep things locked. This is even while living in Alaska where it is common for people to leave doors unlocked and keys in the ignition, with out worries.
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