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Old 10-24-2009, 11:52 PM   #1
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Outside door latch does not open door.

Hi folks,
We have a 2003 Itasca Suncruiser 38G. It's new to us last month. From time to time the outside door handle will not open the door. The tab on the handle slides past the latch mechanism without triping the latch.
The inside handle always works so if one of us is home it's not too hard to get let in. Thank God we have a drivers door for those times when no one is in the camper.
I took the inside handle off and lubed the contact areas and pivet points with dry silicon spray. Still every so often the outside handle fails to open the door.

Does anyone have a way to fix this short of replacing the outside handle?

Has anyone else had the same problem?
Thanks for your help.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:40 AM   #2
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Hi folks,
We have a 2003 Itasca Suncruiser 38G. It's new to us last month. From time to time the outside door handle will not open the door. The tab on the handle slides past the latch mechanism without triping the latch.
The inside handle always works so if one of us is home it's not too hard to get let in. Thank God we have a drivers door for those times when no one is in the camper.
I took the inside handle off and lubed the contact areas and pivet points with dry silicon spray. Still every so often the outside handle fails to open the door.

Does anyone have a way to fix this short of replacing the outside handle?

Has anyone else had the same problem?
Thanks for your help.
If yours is like mine, in the door edge you will see a rubber or plastic cover. Remove it, you may damage it and have to get a new cover. Behind the cover is an adjustment nut, adjust it about a 1/2 turn at a time in one direction and see if it fixes it. If not return the nut to it's original position and try the same 1/2 turn step in the other direction.
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Old 10-25-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion, maybe a little more slack will help.
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Old 11-02-2009, 06:08 PM   #4
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I believe that there is an adjusting screw on the inside of the door where the handle is. There are 3 screws. 2 of them hold the handle assembly in the door and the 3rd screw makes the adjustment of the latch of the outside handle. Small adjustments of the screw, then test the outside handle operation. I couldn't get into my coach either one day except for the help of a knowlageable bystander.
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