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Old 02-15-2019, 02:29 PM   #1
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1997 Eagle entry door slam

We're having a hard time with our entry door. It requires a big slam to get it to shut all the way and I am afraid it will cause damage over time. I can shut it with a normal amount of force and it will "half latch", but the door isn't really closed. It is easier to shut from the outside because I can push, but from the inside its hard to pull hard without really slamming. I am afraid if I adjust the handle out some that the door will leak air badly, but we're tired of slamming it in campgrounds and being obnoxious.

How hard is it to shut your front door?

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Here is a video. I lubed the mechanism after the video but not much difference.

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My last 2 coaches were the same Previously owned 2010 Winnebago Tour and my current coach 2016 Newmar Dutch Star. Both had the same issue. 99% of the time the only time I 'slam' the door is when we're leaving the coach or when I'm driving. If I'm at a RV park and want to lock the door, I just shut it and the deadbolt locks the door.
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Old 02-16-2019, 04:28 AM   #3
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1997 Eagle entry door slam

Is the top and bottom hitting before the middle of the door? Run a straight edge along edge of door to see if it straight.
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Old 02-16-2019, 05:39 AM   #4
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On my '00 Bounder it was wear on the door hinges that caused my door to be hard to close. It had worn enough so the door dropped down about 1/8".

I disassembled the hinges(one at a time)and added some small washers to raise the door back up. Closes nice now.
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1997 Eagle entry door slam

My 2017 bounder door was great until ....... Camping World ruined it! They claim they had to remove it since they had to replace a cushion on my L couch??? It has never been right since they reinstalled it. I now have to slam the door every time. I questioned them when they pointed to the hinge and stated “it’s a slam latch”. I gave him the worst look and stated “you’ve got to be kidding”. Just another horrible CW experience from Garner NC.

Your door may be torqued and probably squeaks frequently.
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I'd look at the adjustment on the striker plate on the frame and the condition of the weather seal around the door, all assuming the frame is square and the door doesn't rub anywhere.
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2000 American Eagle --- My door is not hard to get onto the second latch.
I would consider it normal --- but have little for comparison.
It does require a slightly firmer touch than a house door.

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1997 Eagle entry door slam

I have the same problem on my 1999 American Dream. I believe my door is sprung because it comes in contact at the top and at the bottom - but not in the middle unless I slam it. I don't know if adjusting the hinges could help that assuming I am correct about it being sprung. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
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1997 Eagle entry door slam

Me again. I wanted to add that once closed and the deadbolt locked, it works for a few miles then "pops open" with a loud bang while driving down the road. Scares the beejeebees out of DW & myself.
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If I remember correctly there is some adjustment in the "Striker bolts" on the door. In looking at my door (assuming your is similar) the is two "Bolts" sticking out from the frame. The lower on seems to be some kind of LOCATOR and has an allen key opening on the end. The upper one -- where the latch engages, has a six sided top which can be turned with a wrench to loosen and move a bit if needed, then re-tightened.

Moving that a bit toward the outside of the RV might help.
Of course if the door if not straight that might also add a noisy air leak.

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Thanks for the info on the door adjustment. I will check in once I get it out of winter storage.
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For what its worth - I used to always keep the front of the mh lower from the rear when at a site - thinking about sleeping more comfortable with my coach configuration. Anyway my entry door was always difficult to close tight. I checked for any bow, misaligned strike plate etc. I then actually leveled the coach and the entry door closes tightly with minimal effort.
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