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Old 06-16-2014, 11:22 PM   #1
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Jayco 1207 Door Issue

Hey everyone,

I have a 2007 Jayco 1206, and the door frame doesn't stay in place very well when it's installed. The door itself works fine, but the frame keeps coming out of place on one side. There are two white plastic "turn latches" on each side of the frame, but on the one side the latches don't come close to holding the door frame in place. I've attached a few photos below.

Anyone else have this issue or come up with a fix? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-16-2014, 11:31 PM   #2
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How level are you parked? It has a lot to do with your frame.
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Old 06-16-2014, 11:39 PM   #3
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my sport 8 had this same problem i never figured out a fix
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Old 06-17-2014, 06:24 AM   #4
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Looks like the shaft on the latch is bent. If you can disassemble and straighten it, then it should work better. Worth a shot
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:25 AM   #5
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Wow, I thought that issue had been fixed years ago. Our '93 1208 did the same thing but we sold it before it got bad. Notice how the door gap is wider the higher up it is. That's your frame flexing. Because the door creates a gap in side wall rigidity, as time goes on and the trailer bounces down the road, the frame slowly bends in the area below the door. Eventually this leads to a cracked frame, but it takes many, many years to get that bad.

The short term fix when camping is to put a small bottle jack at the corner closest to the door and raise up enough to close the gap. In fact, if you watch for older Jayco pop-ups some people have had to put an extra latch on the outside of the door to keep it from opening up while traveling.

The long term fix is jack it up, make sure the frame is straight by lining up the door, bolt a 6" long 1/4" thick steel plate inside the frame, and find a welding shop who can strengthen the plate by welding it also. If you don't weld it, the bolt holes will just round out after a short time and you'll be back to square one. This is how I fixed my '72 Jayco pop-up. I bought that one in late '91 and what a piece of junk, I knew nothing at the time about trailers. It was a good learning experience though!

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Looks like the shaft on the latch is bent. If you can disassemble and straighten it, then it should work better. Worth a shot
Unfortunately, the shaft is bent because the pressure on the door being forced open while traveling bent it. He can fix it, but in one or two trips it'll just be bent again.
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Old 08-02-2014, 04:58 AM   #6
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Just purchased (yesterday) a 2010 Jayco 1007 - SAME PROBLEM
Door came open twice while traveling down the road.
I would like to get it fixed as I really like the camper, but not sure if I should have the dealer fix it or go with your "fix"??? Could you be more specific on the placement of the steel plate that could be welded to the frame? Any suggestions or help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 08-02-2014, 08:41 AM   #7
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Mine is a new 2013 model 1206 and I'v already got the same condition at my door on the left jamb if you're standing outside looking at the door. When I close the step / hatch in the travel position, the rubber trim piece covers the side panel jamb at the bottom, but by time you get to the top or the hatch it just barely touches........about a 1/4" difference in plumb as you travel up the panel jamb. I thought it was just a side panel cut out of square at installation (lack of quality control), but now, after reading this, think I should do some more investigating and see if there is any deflection in the frame at this point.................so far this has been the only real issue I've found short of a few loose bracket screws underneath the trailer holding gas lines and such.

If it turns out to be the frame sound like an easier fix than going back to the Dealer and having to deal with that.........guess I know what i"m doing today.
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i know Jayco redesign the locks in 2014 i dont have this problem on my 14
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Well.... now I'm perplexed. Checked the underneath framing didn't see anything that appeared to be sagging. Broke out the levels (stick and laser), checked the outrigger framing to the main frame members....level. Checked the outrigger frame from behind the axle to in front of the axle........ level. Checked the individual members for sagging (bending) which would show up with the levels.............nothing. But there is definitely a variation from the bottom of the door opening in the side panel to the top of the door cut in the side panel of almost 3/8 of an inch. I'm beginning to suspect just a poor (angled cut) for the left jamb.......... Have my measurements to the 64th of inch and will just monitor it for now. Step/hatch closes and locks solid.....we'll see. Time will tell.
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Old 08-07-2014, 11:24 AM   #10
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Just so we are all on the same page, we are talking about the full height door, not the travel door, correct?

I have noticed this on my Jayco 1207 as well... except this past trip. And the only difference was that my site was not level side to side, so I used my newly purchased BAL 28050 leveler on the left/back/driver's side wheel to raise that side up about 2-3 inches. Even though I have felt my camper was level side to side in the past, jacking up the side opposite the door seemed to make the door fit much better.
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