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Old 04-09-2012, 06:55 PM   #1
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Door rattle

Well, for years I have been off and on trying to quiet down the rattling in our entry door. I always thought it was the mechanii (I made that up) in the door itself. I took apart the latch and stuffed it with foam. No help. My wife kept saying it was at the top of the door. I kind of assumed it was the screen door or the main door banging around. I had removed the locking mechanism at the top of the door a long time ago (wind slammed the door shut once....luckily I did not lock the the large window and got back in the coach) and it is just a cable up there....nothing to rattle. Got to looking at the scissor latch at the top. I wrapped some electrical tape on it and made wraps on both halves, so that when the door was shut, they would rub and dampen any motion. Finally less noise, but not all gone. I then took a piece of 5/16 plastic or nylon sheet and cut about 1 1/2 inches by 1 1/2 inches. I put a bit of a ramp on it. There is a screw in the door exactly where this piece needed to be to support the end of the scissor mechanism. Guess what.....looks like I no longer have noise from my door. We have put up with this for many years. It was getting worse as the pins wore in the mechanism.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:30 PM   #2
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I'll have to check that out on mine. I've rebuilt the latch setup twice, and its better for a while then all of a sudden its baa-aack. Drives me crazy.
Of course, that's a short drive.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:35 PM   #3
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I posted on the scissor mechanism rattle several years ago. Your fix sounds better than mine. I have a piece of furniture pad on mine. I also find a few wraps of electrical tape on the door post helps.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:49 PM   #4
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Mine makes a noise sometimes on rough roads. WRV put a thin piece of rubber on top of the door to help but its to thin. A piece of plastic with a ramp on it sounds like a good solution. Be sure to put it on the door not the door frame. The distance between the scissor and the rubber seal on the screen door is very close. Mine rubs now but you can't see it without a latter. It will have a hole in it soon if I don't adjust.
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Old 04-10-2012, 02:12 AM   #5
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any chance for a photo?
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any chance for a photo?
I am having a couple of tires installed and some other maint done right now. Will take a pic when I have it back.
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Ok, here is a picture from the top looking down at the piece I made (orange). As I said, I used an existing screw and its hole in the door. I did counter-sink the plastic for the screw head. You can see the electrical tape on the scissors mechanism and the scrape on the plastic piece where the rivet at the end of the scissors mechanism touches it:
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:21 PM   #8
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I have not picked up my 2003 34FDDS yet, that will happen the 18th of this month. If the door is making noise it will get this treatment. Thanks for the pics.
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