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Old 07-11-2022, 05:46 AM   #1
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entry door sticks

I think I have read something about the entry door sticking, but my search is not finding anything...
Sometimes the door works flawlessly and I can open it from inside, and other times I feel like I'm locked in. Today I had to climb into the cab and exit through the driver's door.
What have people done to help the situation - I don't want to push too hard on the screen and possible damage the screen door or screen.
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Old 07-11-2022, 06:57 PM   #2
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Make sure the door catch is tight
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Old 08-16-2022, 08:31 PM   #3
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Mine did this when it wasnt perfectly level. I had to re-set my zero point on the equalizer because it was a bit off when I purchased the rig.
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Old 08-16-2022, 09:10 PM   #4
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I fixed my by adjusting the strike plate. First, I marked the outline with a pencil. I then put pencil on the latch bolt. When I closed the door, then opened it I could see where the latch hit the strike plate. I found that the strike plate was no vertical. I then moved the strike plate more than necessary just to assure that this was the issue. It was. I then repositioned the strike plate, moving it 1/16 of an inch at a time. My door now works fine. The strike plate is now also vertical.
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Old 08-17-2022, 05:30 AM   #5
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If it's intermittent, it could be a level issue. Seems like there is some kind of torque on the frame every so often that causes a sticky door. Like it's racked a bit. You can check the opening with a carpenters square to see if it is indeed racked when you experience the sticking. Even if the frame is off just a little, it'll cause the sticking. The doors fit so well in these openings that if it's off even by an 1/8", it'll stick. Humidity can do it as well, especially if the frame or door contain wood. Sometimes steps can interfere with the entry door but I'm sure you have power steps, so I wouldn't think that would do it. Maybe try leveling manually to as close to perfect as you can and see if it sticks. Then do the same with landing gear up (unlevel). When I bought my fifth wheel, they said it was "ready to go". First trip, I checked the "AutoLevel" then checked with my carpenters level. It was off one inch right to left and almost two and a half inches front to back. Don't trust the system to be correct, check it yourself. I had to reset level manually and now she comes level every time. An off level RV can be the problem with a lot of window and door issues. Just a couple things I'd check if I was experiencing this.
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I find it is temperature relayed too
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The door on my C had been a real “stickler” as well when we first brought her home, has gotten much better over time.
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If it's intermittent, it could be a level issue. Seems like there is some kind of torque on the frame every so often that causes a sticky door. Like it's racked a bit. You can check the opening with a carpenters square to see if it is indeed racked when you experience the sticking. Even if the frame is off just a little, it'll cause the sticking. The doors fit so well in these openings that if it's off even by an 1/8", it'll stick. Humidity can do it as well, especially if the frame or door contain wood. Sometimes steps can interfere with the entry door but I'm sure you have power steps, so I wouldn't think that would do it. Maybe try leveling manually to as close to perfect as you can and see if it sticks. Then do the same with landing gear up (unlevel). When I bought my fifth wheel, they said it was "ready to go". First trip, I checked the "AutoLevel" then checked with my carpenters level. It was off one inch right to left and almost two and a half inches front to back. Don't trust the system to be correct, check it yourself. I had to reset level manually and now she comes level every time. An off level RV can be the problem with a lot of window and door issues. Just a couple things I'd check if I was experiencing this.
X2, if a door is racked it will stick or strike on the top or bottom corner opposite the hinges ( indicating the floor is out of level front to back).
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