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Old 06-30-2013, 03:24 PM   #1
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Bathroom door has hard time latching.

Does anyone else have this problem we have a 31bhds and it seems as if unless the trailer is absolutely perfect level front and rear and side to side the bathroom door won't latch, there are times when it is as much as a 1/2 inch off. I don't remember this with our other camper although it was a lot smaller and maybe didn't have as much flex in it.
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Old 06-30-2013, 08:27 PM   #2
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Yes....we do. Our bathroom door in the 298 RLDS does not latch properly...even though I carefully levelled out the trailer which is on a permanent site. Looked closely at the door last week and can see that I'll have to lower the striker plate by about 1/2". Will also deepen the hole in the wood underneath the plate. Not a lot of effort required to fix the problem.
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Old 07-01-2013, 10:01 AM   #3
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For me it doesn't seem to be so much how level it is but how well the 4 corners are aligned. If I get a little too aggressive with the cordless drill while putting down the stab jacks I can get one corner a little higher (or more accurately, out of plane with the other 3 corners) and it seems to flex the frame slightly and we will have trouble with the b'room door latching.
If I take a little care when lowering the stab's we have no probs. Never had a problem when it's just sitting on the tongue jack and wheels.
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Old 07-01-2013, 04:16 PM   #4
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If I take a little care when lowering the stab's we have no probs. Never had a problem when it's just sitting on the tongue jack and wheels.
Good observation. I believe that is my situation, too. Seems to work fine hitched to the truck and sitting at the storage lot. Sometimes gets out of kilter when at a camp site. I will pay more attention to this to see if it indeed does make a difference

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Hey Mike,
I believe our frames are pretty flexible (like a Model A frame) by design and I can easily imagine putting a slight twist in the frame with the stab jacks. I expect a rigid frame would begin tearing itself apart after some use. Could even be they are assembled just sitting on the wheels and tongue
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Old 07-11-2013, 04:33 PM   #6
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Thanks I'll have to pay more attention to that. the flex in the frame sound like the answer, because I can latch it while parked along side my house but as soon as i hook up and pull into my driveway which is not so smooth and level it won't latch, if I pull forward or back up it may than latch.Thanks John
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Mine would not latch, but was aligned as far as the hole goes. I placed a shim behind the latch on the door frame and now it latches. No different than you would do at home.
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