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Old 10-21-2018, 10:27 AM   #1
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Seneca entrance door

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Wondering if any of you have ever removed your entrance door and it's associated frame. I have a couple of reasons to do this. One will let me move a new appliance into my rig and second I'm thinking of removing one of the striker plates for the door and see if it closes better.

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Old 10-21-2018, 01:02 PM   #2
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Never have considered it... Now what appliance is bigger than the door???
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I recently removed just the door itself, not the frame though. Easy to do that, just 3 screws in each hinge.

I had my door off so I could install a newer Seneca's frameless window in place of my original small, frosted, frame-type window. I also "shimmed" the hinges upon reinstallation with pieces of aluminum stock to close up the gap I had on the latch side. It worked great.
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According to Jayco, the washer dryer is installed by removing the rear window; I have no idea what that would entail, but on a TS, itís the fire escape window.
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Old 10-21-2018, 05:55 PM   #5
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The reason for removing the door frame is one to gain access to the striker plate. Second is for a new fridge. With the frame on i measure 24.125 inches wide, of course the fridge is 24.250 wide with the doors off. Going through the door would be a two man job compared to going through the dinette window that's 10 feet off the ground.

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According to Jayco, the washer dryer is installed by removing the rear window; I have no idea what that would entail, but on a TS, itís the fire escape window.
On my 2014 TS I took my Splendide in through the entry door without removing it. It is one heavy sucker, but between my brother and I we got it up the steps.
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The reason for removing the door frame is one to gain access to the striker plate. Second is for a new fridge. With the frame on i measure 24.125 inches wide, of course the fridge is 24.250 wide with the doors off. Going through the door would be a two man job compared to going through the dinette window that's 10 feet off the ground.

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I had a friend who removed one of the two striker plates without removing the door frame, he used his Dremel tool to carefully slice the outer striker plate in half. Then the pieces came out and he put spacer washers to allow his door to close without binding.

I do wonder why the manufacturers stack two striker plates on top of each other, and whether removing one plate compromises safety. In my case my latch was too far away from striker, shimming the hinges fixed my issue.
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The reason for removing the door frame is one to gain access to the striker plate. Second is for a new fridge. With the frame on i measure 24.125 inches wide, of course the fridge is 24.250 wide with the doors off. Going through the door would be a two man job compared to going through the dinette window that's 10 feet off the ground.

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ah-ha... now it starts to make sense. You are replacing the Norcold with a residential fridge? am I right?

How are you getting the Norcold out first? I read somewhere here on JOF that they had to take the dining room slide window out and put the fridge on it's back on a forklift thru the window.
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I adjusted the striker plate by screwing in the screws on the frame, not the two holding the striker plate but there are a couple that go into the frame. Tightening or loosing these moved the striker plate in and out. One thing I have to on a frequent basis is tighten the hinge screws these seem to back out and then the latch starts to jam up. I just retighten and it operates correctly. I just tried adding lock tite and hopefully that will fix that issue.
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Curious as to what refrigerator you are going to install. I have considered the same.
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