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Old 06-15-2016, 12:20 AM   #15
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Just looked at a you-tube walk thru of your rig.

Look under the rig below the center of the door. See if the "U" bolt that the latch locks onto is held on with nuts. If so undo the nuts and you are in.

Next option:
See if you can get a hacksaw blade between the door and the frame and cut the "U" bolt off.

Next option:
Drill out the handle where you put your hand to pull up to unlatch. Start in the center and work out. When you get an opening reach in and pull the rod. That should open the door.

These handles are used on many brands MH. Winnebago for sure, many years. Dumb set up. I drilled the rod ends so I could install cotter pins. That fixed my problem. (If I slammed the hatch it would knock the rod loose......You'll see what I mean when you take the screws out of the cover on the inside of the door. That is, if you ever get inside.)
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Just looked at a you-tube walk thru of your rig.

Look under the rig below the center of the door. See if the "U" bolt that the latch locks onto is held on with nuts. If so undo the nuts and you are in.

Next option:
See if you can get a hacksaw blade between the door and the frame and cut the "U" bolt off.

Next option:
Drill out the handle where you put your hand to pull up to unlatch. Start in the center and work out. When you get an opening reach in and pull the rod. That should open the door.

These handles are used on many brands MH. Winnebago for sure, many years. Dumb set up. I drilled the rod ends so I could install cotter pins. That fixed my problem. (If I slammed the hatch it would knock the rod loose......You'll see what I mean when you take the screws out of the cover on the inside of the door. That is, if you ever get inside.)
This sounds good and thank you! I'll be crawling underneath first thing in the morning. The neighbor saw me last night trying everything I can to get the door open and he was kinda smirking until I finally told him I had to get at the beer. He left and returned with a 36 pack of Coors Light in a cooler bag! Heís going to help me try to solve this also tomorrow. Last thing, I called THORís technical support and they were great about it even thou my warranty is over. They are sending me a new door handle just in case I damage the old one.

Thanks everyone for your suggestions and laughs, Iíll update everyone when this drama is over!

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Old 06-15-2016, 07:08 PM   #17
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I hope you are successful in the morning.

If not, you should sell the motor home, move to a different state, buy another motor home, and start all over.

Good luck.
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You have a priceless neighbor.
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Old 06-15-2016, 11:04 PM   #19
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This is the you tube walk thru I was looking at. Check out the problem he has with the hatch doors.(Trying to close)

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Old 06-16-2016, 07:58 AM   #20
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Work bent coat hanger around the latch points, push in door to relieve pressure on latch point and gently pull out coat hanger. It should push in actual latch allowing door to open.
You gotta get to that beer!
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Don't know what kind of coach you have because diesel vs gasoline the compartment doors are built different, BUT! if it is a diesel you can remove from the adjacent compartment the partition between the two compartments and reach in and unlock it. You will never be able to unlock it because probably something broke inside to lock.

If it is gasoline where the compartments slide out with the slide, then you have big problems.
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Damn it man save the beer
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Please tell me the rig is plugged in so the beer didn't get hot.
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Old 06-16-2016, 01:50 PM   #24
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We had that problem on our Winnie last year. Couldn't open any of the bay doors. We were able to remove the hinges and get the doors open. We eventually had the electronic locks replaced as it somehow shorted all of them.
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This is indeed a crisis and needs an immediate response. I suspect some of our friends in fire rescue could bring the jaws. They too would see this as a serious emergency.

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Yes we are plugged in so the beer will be plenty cold. The wife is so frustrated with me that she is now under the rig with a coat hanger, credit card, and a few other things mentioned here. I am more than capable but she thinks I'm milking the job and she wants that blender really bad for her Pina coladas or some special drink she makes. Once she's done cussing under there (I can hear her right now) I'll get back to work because I really need that beer for the weekend.

The neighbor is gone mentioning some other crisis somewhere. Seems he disappeared right after we finished the 36 pack of Coors Light he bought me.
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Moonless (aka: Beerless) -

Call Thor and tell them that "access to the compartment is a matter of life and death" as there are "items inside that are required to sustain life"
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Seems he disappeared right after we finished the 36 pack of Coors Light he bought me.

HE BROUGHT LIGHT beer to help with this kind of a problem.
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