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Old 09-01-2015, 04:49 PM   #1
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Help Secure My Pocket Doors

Are there any suggestions on how to secure the doors without having to install the "snap on strap" that I found at Camping World? I don't have enough room on the door frame to attach the snap.
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Rubber door stop?

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Old 09-01-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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Is there a place where you can install something like in this video? If so, you can also use a small felt or rubber stick-on so that it doesn't scratch the door or walls. I know the video shows a closet door, but maybe the latch can be re-purposed for a pocket door.

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Are there any suggestions on how to secure the doors without having to install the "snap on strap" that I found at Camping World? I don't have enough room on the door frame to attach the snap.
MrB, Is the pocket door held in an open or closed position by a plastic bullet shaped pin with a hexagonal base at the top leading edge of the door? When moving to either full open or closed this pin ramps up a plastic retainer mounted to the top rail and then drives into a hole? If so, please let me know and I will post the door adjustment.

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In our '02 Dutch Star they used a very good/strong Velcro on the back of the pocket doors. Even after 13 years it was still had to get them to open. Did they use a different method in the newer rigs?
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Old 09-01-2015, 08:25 PM   #6
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I had the same issue with my pocket door closing while traveling. I adjusted the pin at the top up as far as I could and the door still would stay locked. I then discovered the piece the pin goes into was put in backwards. I removed the piece and turned it around and the door has stayed locked since.
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In our '02 Dutch Star they used a very good/strong Velcro on the back of the pocket doors. Even after 13 years it was still had to get them to open. Did they use a different method in the newer rigs?
Same problem with our 2004 DSDP. The first time I tried to close the pocket doors, I though someone had nailed them open! It's way too difficult to overcome whatever catch Newmar put on these pocket doors. Of course, you have to have something to keep them from rolling going down the road.
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MrB, Is the pocket door held in an open or closed position by a plastic bullet shaped pin with a hexagonal base at the top leading edge of the door? When moving to either full open or closed this pin ramps up a plastic retainer mounted to the top rail and then drives into a hole? If so, please let me know and I will post the door adjustment.

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No, I was unable to find it
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We purchased the "spring loaded" Curtain Rods .. they are strong and keep the doors in the open position .. just a thought
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Thanks much. I'll get one and try it
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No, I was unable to find it
The pocket door is held in an open or closed position by a plastic bullet shaped pin with a hexagonal base at the top leading edge of the door. When moving to either full open or closed this pin ramps up a plastic retainer mounted to the top rail and then drives into a hole. The interference fit of the pin in the hole is what keeps the pocket door latched in either the full open or full closed position. The plastic bullet shaped pin is firmly attached to a hexagonal metal rod that transfers motion from the finger pull mounted in the edge of door to the plastic pin. Typically, the technician will turn the plastic hexagonal base of the plastic pin counterclockwise and that would extend the pin further. This will seem like the right thing to do and firmly latched the door. Often this fix will last less than a few hours of the coach being driven.
The plastic pin is firmly secured to the metal rod, so when turning the pin you are actually turning the rod out of a few small threads located in the finger pull. Often, the threads being very loose would allow the rod to vibrate down in the finger pull retracting the plastic pin and then allowing the pocket door to freely open and close. What results is a slamming door and a frustrated owner!!
Once I figured out how this works, the next step was to fix it. There is no need to completely remove the pocket door to make this fix work. To correct the rod adjustment, first remove the four screws that hold the finger pull to the door- donít try to remove the finger pull yet. Second, remove the leading edge pin from the top trolley. This requires you to slide the plastic lever and then pushing the leading trolley towards the trailing trolley. I used a small round inspection mirror to see how this connects. This will allow you to drop the leading edge of the door down a few inches so the pin/rod can be retracted far enough to remove the finger pull. Now you can unscrew the plastic pin and pull the pin and rod up, once the rod has been pulled up a few inches, slide the finger pull off the door. You can allow the rod drop inside the notch cut into the door. The rod had about 1/8Ē bayonet end and then threads with a nut . The nut should be secured with Locktite. I added a second nut (6mm) against the first so the rod would stay extended. You could break loose the factory nut and move it down the threads and use locktite to secure it. Look at the finger pull and you will see the few threads that the rod attaches to.
To reassemble pull up the rod, slide in the finger pull and now screw the rod into to the finger pull. The tough part is getting the pocket door reconnected with the top trolley. This is when the inspection mirror and a small flashlight helps to see whatís going on. Not much room for your fingers, but with some patience it will go back together. Donít forget to move the trolley lever back to the lock position and replacing the four screws holding the finger pull on.
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Our pocket door is held open quite easily with this:Click image for larger version

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Our pocket door is held open quite easily with this:Attachment 106314 we don't use anything to keep it closed while traveling.

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Ours too. Must be a Bounder thing.
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