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Old 04-24-2019, 11:24 AM   #1
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Speaking of bay doors...

One of my bay doors on the 07 limited wonít open. (Door to water/ sewer tanks. Passenger side, in front of rear wheels).
Pull up on handle, doesnít unlatch.
Donít want to force it, and no, itís not locked.
Ideas?
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Old 04-24-2019, 11:33 AM   #2
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Please explain; the sewer and water connections are normally on driver/port side.
Does the problem handle have any resistance when pulled? If not, the assy. has came loose from the handle.

I once read a post where the member explained how to unlock the latches; somewhat like unlocking a car door with a jimmie tool.
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…this may have changed over the years but door latches on early models of Alpine used a lever/arm assembly catch to lock the door ….the lever was exposed to the inside of the basement so therefore, it was susceptible to things getting lodged against in from the inside, like a sewer hose for example...depending on what it is that might be causing the lever/latch not to unlock, getting it out of the way maybe a challenge....
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Speaking of bay doors...

The sewer water drain and fill are on the drivers side in the wet bay. There are switches to open and close the smart valves to drain in the wet bay.
Access to the tanks, and the smart valves, electric valves for draining, are on the passenger side.
Handle lifts with resistance but fails to unlatch.
Donít want to force it.
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If the mechanism isnít substantially different from 2005, the latch barely latches in many cases. Iíd imagine youíve gone through a routine of thumping and pulling. Perhaps some gentle prying, down on the bottom of the storage bay, up on the door with some padding to protect the door will get you in.

Mine has no latch, just 2 screws at the bottom. Thatís going to change next month.
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If the mechanism isnít substantially different from 2005, the latch barely latches in many cases. Iíd imagine youíve gone through a routine of thumping and pulling. Perhaps some gentle prying, down on the bottom of the storage bay, up on the door with some padding to protect the door will get you in.



Mine has no latch, just 2 screws at the bottom. Thatís going to change next month.


Thank you, Iíll give it a go!
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Lightbulb my solution

Been there; fixed it, despite seeing no way in Hades that other modes would open the door. Tis all nicely sealed and proper, ya see, and the hinges are INSIDE.



After emptying everything from the 'service' side, I put down layers of cardboard (cushion, slide- ease,dirty shiled), grabbed a strong flashlight and verified I could see the lift lever while laying in the LEFT bay; not fun!


I'd studied the functioning latches on other doors, thus I knew how they worked and what to look for. Indeed, the linkage had come apart, so I fashioned a loooong rod to reach through the mostly blocked pass-thru. The roughly 4' stiff rod had a tapered pointy end, which I kinda banged upward on the locking lever; the one the linkage had come off. Too long a rod restricts adequate manouvering through the small opening; too short won't reach. Flexibility is no good, and diameter similarly restricted. Some garage-stock 1" steel pipe and a well-taped-on punch tool gave me a small enough tip to target the small arm. There's really nothing to 'lever against', hence the banging upwards action and stiffness requirement/ Mass helps, too.



After sweating in the dirty, cramped (etc) area, it took proper cussing to 'tap" the lever whereupon the door swung open.


A pro had worked on that door, and the nut and washers had fallen off, lying just inside the compartment. 3 minutes later they were back on, sporting a few drops of threadlocker; the mechanism working properly; no damage incurred.


The hardware cannot be too tight, or the linkage will bind. Did I mention Threadlocker?
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Holly cow!
Challenge is this one has the dump tanks behind it, so no access that way.
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Are you still locked out? Your latches must be different than my '05 because I pull down to unlatch and you say in the first post you pull up. Got a picture of the latch?
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Holly cow!
Challenge is this one has the dump tanks behind it, so no access that way.
Hence, access from the other side! Not fun, but no damage and free!



There is access, though smallish, between the compartment aft wall and the tanks.


My latches ('07) seem like yours as is the layout.
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Iíll give it a go!!
Thank you
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Mine has no latch, just 2 screws at the bottom. Thatís going to change next month.
Mine too. I'd like to know where you get the new latch, and how it works out.
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Mine too. I'd like to know where you get the new latch, and how it works out.
The latches are Southco C5. Mounting points for the gas shocks are already in place on the frame, just need to add them to the door. Cut a hole and install the latch.
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