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Old 09-26-2005, 04:25 AM   #1
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Newmar's solution to holding the pocket doors (between bedroom/shower & between kitchen/shower) closed is to put velcro on the end of the door. When the door is fully recessed into the pocket, the velcro grabs and keeps the doors from opening while traveling.

Great concept - not so great execution. Once the velcro engages, the only way to get it to release is with a claw-hammer and fulcrum block. I've broken 2 of the metal pulls trying to open the door. I'd love to get the door off the track and remove part of the velcro but I can't figure out how to do it.

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Newmar's solution to holding the pocket doors (between bedroom/shower & between kitchen/shower) closed is to put velcro on the end of the door. When the door is fully recessed into the pocket, the velcro grabs and keeps the doors from opening while traveling.

Great concept - not so great execution. Once the velcro engages, the only way to get it to release is with a claw-hammer and fulcrum block. I've broken 2 of the metal pulls trying to open the door. I'd love to get the door off the track and remove part of the velcro but I can't figure out how to do it.

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Old 09-26-2005, 06:02 AM   #3
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Yea, that velcro can be tuff, but after pulling the door loose a few times it does get easier. I had to pull very carefully the first few times to insure that I did not break anything.
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I and others have had the same problem when new. I found that if you give a steady pull it will release. After a while the velcro will not be as hard to release. Try not to jerk just a steady pull. If you want to release door from track there is a hook lock around track wheel that can be disengaged from track wheel. You have to get your head up close to ceiling to see it, be careful and don't brake it cause your door will bounce off track when coach hits a bump. I would just keep working door in an out until it feels loose enough for you. "007"
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Of course, we have had the same problem. And if you have arthritic hands like I do, the doors are truly difficult to open. Except, that is, for ours closest to the bathroom, because it apparently pulled the velcro off the back wall and the door now slides freely.
When we travel, we use my backpack full of scrapbook supplies to hold the door in place and that has been working so well, I don't think I want the door 'fixed'.
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Old 09-30-2005, 03:20 AM   #6
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Sorry this took so long - we have been out of cell phone range but are now back in "civilization"

The problem has been solved. We had to have some other warrantee work done, so I asked them to just remove the velcro entirely. Then, to hold the doors while traveling I installed the 3M adhesive-held straps designed to hold down TV's etc. It works great.

Thanks for all the discussions.
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