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Old 08-14-2009, 10:56 PM   #1
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Interior Cabinet Latches

My coach and I'm sure many others have this spring support hinge http://www.nwrvsupply.com/Merchant2/...egory_Code=hin used to hold the cabinet doors open/up. Northwest RV Supply no longer has any of these in stock and I've searched for hours trying to find the same hinge on line.

Two of mine have broken. The joint at the bottom of the hinge (in the photo) is held together by two rivets. The rivets bear the brunt of the stress and they end up breaking and falling out. It usually starts by a crackling sound when you open the cabinet.

I found that if you remove them they can be repaired. Usually one rivet is gone and I punch out the other one. I originally thought I could just run a nut and bolt through the two holes and fix it, but there is a piece that has to pass through where the bolt goes through the two holes. You can either re-rivet with a metal rivet or find a small nut and bolt that will fit the hole. I ground the head of the bolt down so that it was very flat/thin and then inserted it from the center of the hinge outward and then put a double nut or locknut. You need to do it through both holes.

After repairing a couple of them, I went through the coach and lubed all of them with a spray lube. They are working more smoothly now and will probably prolong the life.
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Old 08-15-2009, 06:19 AM   #2
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Don, We have also had problems with these type of hinges. What I have I have done is to loosen the adjustment tension screw two full turns and replace the top mounting screws to a larger size. These changes have made our hinges last much longer. Our first hinges were failing when our coach was three mounts old.
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:41 AM   #3
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Over the years, I have repaired at least a half-dozen hinges using rivets. A Monaco rep. recommended adjusting the tension screw. That has helped on a couple of noisey doors lately.
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Old 08-15-2009, 07:47 AM   #4
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A second thought on these hinges. They will hang up a something stored inside and prevent the door from opening. I had one hang up on the top of a VCR and had to slide a knife into the storage area to move the VCR out of the way. Since then, we are very careful to make sure the inside hinge operating area is clear.
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Old 08-15-2009, 08:46 AM   #5
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Try here for replacements:

http://rvpartslist.com/index.php?a=2&b=117

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Old 08-15-2009, 10:55 PM   #6
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Rex...Thanks.....I looked thru Trimarck latches and the Megatech site and didn't see them. I was hoping when I posted that someone had a source. I'm starting to get quite a collection of Monaco RV parts assembled for future repairs. I've cleaned out Northwest RV Supply on several of their switches.


Rex.....Not to seem stupid, but how do I buy from them. Do I just call?
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Old 08-16-2009, 09:17 AM   #7
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Sorry Don. Should have provided complete information. Here is the rest of it.

RV Parts list by Mega Tech of Oregonpart # HS100BSN

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Rex.....Not to seem stupid, but how do I buy from them. Do I just call?
Don,

Not a stupid question. There is no obvious way to buy anything on that site. I think maybe you're supposed to contact the seller with the "contact seller" link on the listing page, but that's not obvious.

Meanwhile, you can buy those hinges at MTO's eBay store, in brushed satin or varnished brown finish. Or you could email David Schroeder.

On a related subject, Don, do you know where I might find a water pump switch with a light like the one that's mounted in the galley area. I want to put one in the bathroom. Sent NW Supply two emails but both have gone unanswered.
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Don,

Not a stupid question. There is no obvious way to buy anything on that site. I think maybe you're supposed to contact the seller with the "contact seller" link on the listing page, but that's not obvious.

Meanwhile, you can buy those hinges at MTO's eBay store, in brushed satin or varnished brown finish. Or you could email David Schroeder.

On a related subject, Don, do you know where I might find a water pump switch with a light like the one that's mounted in the galley area. I want to put one in the bathroom. Sent NW Supply two emails but both have gone unanswered.
Rob.. Try calling NW RV Supply at their toll free number 866-678-7467 .. I have much better luck that way right now.... I know they have been swamped.
(Also check your regular email- you have a special email from someone near & dear to me!)
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Robin,

Here is the vendor for the water pump switch. Be sure that they send you the new style light that has the LED.

Electronics, lighting and mold convenience items from American Technology Components

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Here is the vendor for the water pump switch.
Luke,

Thanks much! I'll contact them. Since you also have the SFT, what I had in mind is installing a water pump switch on the bathroom wall above the toilet. Wiring should be very easy as the master controll panel, on the other side of the wall, already has a water pump switch on it.

I'll have to see if I can get them to make me up a 3-gang bezel at a resonable price. That would incorporate the single light switch that is already on that wall.
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Can we revisit this topic?

The "nickle" finish version of this hinge seems to be hard to find. Can anyone offer me a web-site where this hinge is in stock (picture above offered by "Drifter" is the hinge type that I need).

FWIW: I've repaired a few broken hinges in the manner that Diplomat Don describes (shaving the head down on a machine screw)....but I don't have time for this at the moment.

Is it time for a class-action law suit against the manufacturer ???????
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Try this URL for hinges.

Adjustable Hinges - $11.79
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Try here also - not RV supply, so much cheaper


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