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Old 02-07-2014, 02:11 PM   #1
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Door Check

The door check assembly that holds the door open on our 2003 Alpine 40 MDTS has us a bit puzzled. It was broken when we bought the coach, the new part finally arrived yesterday and I installed it this morning.

The assembly has a cam on the plate that attaches to the door. This cam locks into place, holding the door open. There's a cable from the door handle to the cam assembly which pulls the cam and allows the door to close.

After I installed the new door check assembly, it didn't work. Pulling the door handle didn't release the cam. I pulled the door panel and checked the cable. The cable was fine but the mechanism only pulls the cable with the door handle in the locked position!

This doesn't seem right. It makes it too easy to lock yourself out when you close the door. Is this normal?
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Hi Mike,

Your hardware sounds like mine, and is made by PTL. A forum search of "PTL" yields 4 results, 1 of which (at least) has some info that should be of use to you: Tale of the Door Lock

On that forum page, Gator67 provides a link to this website: PTL Pos-a-loc Cable Adjustment

This site shows a great drawing of adjusting your cable.

Hope that helps!
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Thanks so much for the links. It looks like I'll need to remove the door panel access tomorrow and play with the adjustment. I absolutely love all of the help offered on this Alpine forum!
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I replaced mine some while back and had to do a lot of adjusting to get it just right.
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When we purchased our coach the pos- a -lock system was missing parts and the cable was broke. We replaced all missing parts and with a slight adjustment on the new cable the system now works perfect.
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Hi Mike,

Your hardware sounds like mine, and is made by PTL. A forum search of "PTL" yields 4 results, 1 of which (at least) has some info that should be of use to you: Tale of the Door Lock

On that forum page, Gator67 provides a link to this website: PTL Pos-a-loc Cable Adjustment

This site shows a great drawing of adjusting your cable.

Hope that helps!
Thanks again. I followed the procedure you linked and adjusted the cable and the stop set-screw. I'm happy to report that the Pos-a-loc works perfectly now.
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