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Old 11-08-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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A better drawer push-latch

So I'm dead tired of replacing those terrible plastic push-latch in my drawers. Not only are they expensive, but they never seem to last!!

I have these guys all over my RV:


Anyone know of a more durable replacement? Maybe something in metal?
I'm thinking I can't be the only one suffering here

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Old 11-08-2011, 03:45 PM   #2
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You are not the only one suffering believe me. My DW has been on my case to purchase many of the replacements for our MH. I can't keep enough of them.
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Old 11-08-2011, 03:47 PM   #3
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You are not the only one suffering believe me. My DW has been on my case to purchase many of the replacements for our MH. I can't keep enough of them.

me to i have a package of three or four because the ones that hold the couch closed breaks about every month


i have toyed with strong magnetic clasps


will be watching your results
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Old 11-08-2011, 04:14 PM   #4
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You are not the only one dealing with this issue.
I am also very interested in the advice that may be offered in this thread.
All I have to offer is: I'll buy more of them and keep replacing them.
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Im curious about what is breaking. This is the second coach I have installed them in. The last coach they were in I never had one break in 10 years of use. In the new coacch they are 2 years old and have not broken one yet.
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Im curious about what is breaking. This is the second coach I have installed them in. The last coach they were in I never had one break in 10 years of use. In the new coacch they are 2 years old and have not broken one yet.
I thought it was only me. None of mine have broken either.
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What is breaking is the latch part not the strike. The strike goes into the latch to hold cabinet/drawer closed.
Inside the latch is a spring mechanism that continues to break, therefore no longer holding cabinet/drawer closed.
At least that's the problem with mine.
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Count me in with the broken latch gang. I just added this to my spring checklist. Our couch drawer now keeps sliding open with each right hand turn. I too was wondering about the strong magnet idea.
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It might be a good idea to contact Southco to see if they are aware of a problem. The grabber latch is used extensively in the aviation industry.
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I had a striker break so far. It was sure a case of sticker shock when I had to buy a new set.
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It might be a good idea to contact Southco to see if they are aware of a problem. The grabber latch is used extensively in the aviation industry.
i can speak for the tuscany...the latch is simply asked to do to much
the drawer under the coach is HUGE and tends to twist and move...now add the vacuum hoses and tools and all the other junk and its overworked

plus it has to align just right when shutting or POP goes the latch.

i have thought about doing away with the whole banana and putting in a regular small sofa
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i can speak for the tuscany...the latch is simply asked to do to much
the drawer under the coach is HUGE and tends to twist and move...now add the vacuum hoses and tools and all the other junk and its overworked

plus it has to align just right when shutting or POP goes the latch.

i have thought about doing away with the whole banana and putting in a regular small sofa

I had the same problem (under warranty) with the pot and pan drawer under my refer. The dealer put in another latch. Maybe a couple more would solve your problem
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Exact same latch as my rig. I'm also in the never had one break and they are all over my rig, from mirrored closet doors to file drawer (very heavy) to every kitchen/bath cabinet and drawer. Not a single failure in 5 years of full time use.

I thought they would fail often and bought a couple spares and still have yet to use one.
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Well seems like alot of folks in the same boat, but I still haven't seen any replies on a better replacement? Are the plastic ones at $5 a pop really the only option?

Hoping there's something better out there...
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