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Old 07-18-2011, 07:16 PM   #1
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Rear Engine Hatch opens

I just got my 2005 40' alpine coach. We are from MD and flew to Arizona to pick it up. Our drive across country was uneventful except the rear hatch kept opening whenever I hi a decent bump. It seems it is secured only by the pressure of a small bolt. Has anyone else experienced this , and does anyone have a solution.

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Old 07-18-2011, 07:25 PM   #2
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Od- Either you can adjust that problem out, or there is some wear (or maybe in initial defect) in how the catches grab the frame to hold the hatch shut. If its adjustable to a non-problem you can probably figure it our by examining the mechanism of the catch. If it can't, you can probably figure that out by examining the frame and its position when almost closed and looking at how the catch actually captures the frame part.
This is an unusual problem, and I'm sure can be fixed w/out breaking the bank.

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Old 07-18-2011, 08:18 PM   #3
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You can check how the latches fit to the Brackets by closing the hatch then lying down under the coach with a flash light and looking up at the latch. Sometimes the bracket needs to be bent some or the bolt needs to be adjusted.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:51 PM   #4
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I am going to assume he/she is talking about the engine cover hatch at the rear of the coach. Both of those mechanisms are adjustable and once you have them aligned correctly, they will keep the hatch from opening. I did not receive the correct key for mine, and had the lock re-keyed. I had some adjustment to do with that side to make sure it closed and kept it locked once I had reinstalled it.
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