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Old 12-31-2015, 06:45 AM   #1
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TriMark entry door mechanism

I am curious if any CC owners have had issues/breakage of the TriMark entry door gizmo. Ours has always been hard to pull from the outside. I am always wondering when the pot metal will break. I had a similar lock snap internally on my previous DP but, fortunately, was inside the coach when it broke. It is my understanding if the thing breaks when you are outside trying to enter, you will not be able to open the door.

We are beginning a 3 month trip and plan to leave one window unlocked in case I need to crawl in. I try to keep the mechanism lubed but it still seems very hard to open at times. I seem to remember reading that you can drill a hole somewhere in the mechanism from the outside that will allow you to insert a rod or hook to open it if it fails but don't remember where I may have read that.
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:06 AM   #2
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I am curious if any CC owners have had issues/breakage of the TriMark entry door gizmo. Ours has always been hard to pull from the outside. I am always wondering when the pot metal will break. I had a similar lock snap internally on my previous DP but, fortunately, was inside the coach when it broke. It is my understanding if the thing breaks when you are outside trying to enter, you will not be able to open the door.

We are beginning a 3 month trip and plan to leave one window unlocked in case I need to crawl in. I try to keep the mechanism lubed but it still seems very hard to open at times. I seem to remember reading that you can drill a hole somewhere in the mechanism from the outside that will allow you to insert a rod or hook to open it if it fails but don't remember where I may have read that.

Assuming you have typical Paddle Handle handle and lock, they can break. One of the things I noted is that the handle works best if you stand to the left of the door and pull toward the rear of the coach. The pivot is toward the rear and not straight outward.

Do you have a keypad or electronic fob?

PM me if you want to know what to do when it breaks .
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I had the same problem with my door - I removed the door skin and adjusted the linkage so the top and bottom latches open at same time and I shortened the stroke - lubed everything Now the door opens easy
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Depends on which TriMark latch you have. The Monaco guys have done a lot around adjusting the latch mechanism. Here's just one post out of many.

Entry Door Adjustments

Search the Monaco forum for "Entry Door Adjustment" and you'll get lots of info.

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I have the same problem. If the door gets closed all the way (tight) then it takes an act of congress to open, so we just close it not hard, now wind problems. don 2346 at the last NWCC rally said to move the striker but it feels like something is going to snap
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There is a point on the striker bolt of high stress.. Naturally this is the weakest part of the bolt.. not what I'd call a good design.. But that's how they built it.

When the bolt breaks, if the door is closed you need to "pick" the bolt (not the lock but the bolt) a mechnic's seal pick set.. one is shaped like the letter L.. Or an allen wrench should do the job to depress the pin, Then you can dissassemble and take the broken pieces properly layed out to a metal smith and have him carve you one out of steel.. Or

you can beat it to the break.
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Have you tried adjusting striker bolt? If mh is not level sometimes makes the doors harder to open.
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