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Old 04-11-2019, 09:36 PM   #1
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Adjusting The Front Door Latch

Anybody have any pics or a video of how to adjust the door latch on my 2006 Holiday Rambler Ambassador? I'm sure the door latching mechanism is just like most every other class A diesel pushers out there.

I pull my handle all the way but it will NOT open the door unless I take my fist and "pop" the door next to the dead bolt. Then the door pops right open! Problem is no matter how many times I show my wife how to do this she can't do it and I have to hear endless weeping and wailing and nashing of teeth about this stupid door so I need to get it adjusted before I lose my mind.

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Old 04-11-2019, 09:50 PM   #2
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Assuming the mechanism is similar, you will have to remove the interior panel, look at how the mechanism works, and find the rod or cable that can be adjusted. Can't be more specific but once you see behind the panel, it should be obvious.

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Old 04-11-2019, 09:56 PM   #3
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Mine did that when I first got it. All I did was use a spray lubricant and copiously sprayed all aspects of the mechanism. If you open the door, does the bolt spring all the way out? Mine didn't and lubrication fixed the problem. Good luck!
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:57 AM   #4
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Hi Curtis! Don't know if this will help but you can see if yours is the same. Look at post #20 for the details on what I did.

Can't get this dang door adjusted!
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Old 04-12-2019, 04:11 PM   #5
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Here are 2 pdfs that might help you
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File Type: pdf Door Adjustment - Entrance.pdf (338.6 KB, 17 views)
File Type: pdf Door Bushing Replacement & Latch Adjustment.pdf (985.1 KB, 14 views)
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:00 PM   #6
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Before you do anything, please examine the door and hinges as a system to ensure that you are not "fixing" the wrong thing. We had similar problems with our Sunstar door, which, after similar futzing with the lock, turned out to be the door edge aluminum extrusion on the hinge side pulling away from the door. Fixing that fixed the latch and lock.

I posted the repair I did last weekend on a couple of other forums, but I could post it here if there is interest. Or link to it on the Winnieowners forum. Since the repair, the door closes with a nice car-like thunk, and I have confidence it will last for years..
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Old 04-12-2019, 05:49 PM   #7
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If you go to the irv2 Monaco get-together at Quartzite guys fall over each other to help you adjust your door. Ours was nearly as bad as yours, now we can open it with a pinky.


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