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Old 12-20-2018, 12:05 PM   #1
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Arrow Repairing American Coach Cargo Door Broken Chrome Pull Handle

Called AmerCoach Tech Support for recommendations on how to open a side-swing bay door (in this power cord bay) with a broken chrome handle (pot metal) [LATCH, LUGGAGE DOOR LOCKING WITHOUT CAM L, part number 10089702 $239] was told to get a putty knife and jimmy the latch.

Nope I don't think so... would not work and also would damage the costly paint.

So the intelligent work-around was to open the hinge-side adjacent door and (1) remove the hinge screws and nuts from the door with broken latch handle, (2) swing out the door end, (3) detach the nitrogen strut, then (4) remove the backside black plastic latch mechanism trim piece (4 Phillips screws) and (5) pull the latch release rod to fully detach the door. Then (6) it's remove old latch mechanism (3 screws in retaining bracket) and (7) swap out the lock cylinder into the new latch handle, and (8) reinstall new latch handle, and the door and strut.

Note: If a cargo door with the broken latch handle is in a pass-through cargo bay - - - rather than messing with the hinges, you have the option to crawl through the bay... to the backside of the broken latch handle door, and remove the backside black plastic latch mechanism trim piece (4 Phillips screws) and pull the latch release rod to release the door, then do the above replacement.
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Arrow Relocating the Trimark lock cylinder to new Baggage Door handle

There's no instructions on how to remove/relocate the lock cylinder on this TRIMARK 60-475 handle the Internet that I could find.

To remove the old key lock cylinder from the old broken handle - you need to drill out the back of the lock cylinder lever pin head in the old handle, in order to to release the lock cylinder which you will use (after removing the residual old cylinder "end cap") in the new handle.

On the removed lock cylinder, you will then push in the end tip flat retaining pin (looks like a flat lock cylinder pin) with a small jewelers flat-head screwdriver. This will release the remaining residual part of drilled-out pot-metal tip/end cap from old lock you'll discard this. The keyed cylinder will be re-used in the new handle you bought.



To re-install the cylinder in the new handle body, put the key in the cylinder and insert it and the cylinder into the new handle cylinder keyway, and push in and turn the key/cylinder to seat it the cylinder in its new handle.

Note: If you want a black painted handle which is considerably cheaper at $45-$70 look for "Trimark Flush Baggage Door e-LOCK part number 60-475" or sometimes noted as 060-0475. Info/item is on the TRIMARK product site, also on eBay or Amazon ($55).

This is significantly cheaper than the matching chrome handle we sourced from REV/American Coach.



Note: If you get a new handle that already has a keyed cylinder installed in it, you may have to just add a key to your collection. I do not believe you can re-use your old cylinder in it without damaging the new handle. Unless there is a special tool to remove the cylinder without drilling out the end cap tip. The handle we bought from REV/American Coach came without a lock cylinder.


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Called AmerCoach Tech Support for recommendations on how to open a side-swing bay door (in this power cord bay) with a broken chrome handle (pot metal) [LATCH, LUGGAGE DOOR LOCKING WITHOUT CAM L, part number 10089702 $239] was told to get a putty knife and jimmy the latch.

Nope I don't think so... would not work and also would damage the costly paint.

So the intelligent work-around was to open the hinge-side adjacent door and (1) remove the hinge screws and nuts from the door with broken latch handle, (2) swing out the door end, (3) detach the nitrogen strut, then (4) remove the backside black plastic latch mechanism trim piece (4 Phillips screws) and (5) pull the latch release rod to fully detach the door. Then (6) it's remove old latch mechanism (3 screws in retaining bracket) and (7) swap out the lock cylinder into the new latch handle, and (8) reinstall new latch handle, and the door and strut.

Note: If a cargo door with the broken latch handle is in a pass-through cargo bay - - - rather than messing with the hinges, you have the option to crawl through the bay... to the backside of the broken latch handle door, and remove the backside black plastic latch mechanism trim piece (4 Phillips screws) and pull the latch release rod to release the door, then do the above replacement.
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