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Old 10-15-2018, 04:02 PM   #1
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Does anyone else have the issue with not able to lock the door all the time? Sometimes I really have to slam the door in order to lock. Other times I just can't get it closed enough and have to use a bungee cord to keep it from opening while traveling or at a site.
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Does anyone else have the issue with not able to lock the door all the time? Sometimes I really have to slam the door in order to lock. Other times I just can't get it closed enough and have to use a bungee cord to keep it from opening while traveling or at a site.
That's a very common problem that Tiffin has addressed with adjustable lock mechanisms. What I did that helped mine tremendously is to remove the three rubber bumpers on the door between it and the screen. I trimmed about 1/8" off the back side with a razor knife and screwed them back on. Those bumpers were not letting the door close enough to latch in the second catch where the deadbolt could be used. It's still tight enough the screen doesn't rattle. I understand Tiffin is replacing the rubber bumpers with shorter ones if you call them.
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Old 10-16-2018, 03:46 PM   #3
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I have the opposite problem. If the door gets closed too hard it is almost impossible to open. Not sure what adjustments are available.
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Old 10-16-2018, 06:09 PM   #4
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We have had similar issues. Sometimes the door doesn't want to unlatch. I had the same issue with one of my basement doors just this weekend. I hit the latching mechanism with some WD-40 and all was well again. I sprayed the coach door mechanism as well. The latch open much easier now.

I do have to slam the door pretty hard to be able to throw the deadbolt when we drive. This is partly my own doing. Unlike Lt Dan, I added rubber washers to my Door bumpers to keep the screen door from squeaking an rattling while we are driving. It was very noisy until I added the washers. Sometimes, it's tough to get the deadbolt latched. I also have to keep an eye on the screws under the trim that hold the door frame to the coach. They like to vibrate and back out a bit.
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Old 10-17-2018, 06:48 AM   #5
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I'm beginning to wonder if the level of the coach when at a campsite has a lot to do with it. Sometimes locking the deadbolt works perfect other times it's almost impossible. I will be pulling into Tiffin over the next couple days and will see what they have to say.
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When you are in Redbay, talk with and observe carefully when the tech adjust your door. It's not as difficult as you think. Could be as simple as the latching bolt to a locking rod needs adjustment.
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Obviously we are total newbies.
But, I told our dealer I thought we were having issues with our door locks on our new 40AH Tiffin Phaeton. So.... we went in for that and a few minor issues. And we pulled in to the dealer and could not unlock and open the door. We were locked in! This was at the dealers. They brought out five, Five people. Finally someone pushed the door in and jerked the handle and we were freed!
Works fine for now after service.
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