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Old 08-12-2012, 08:01 PM   #1
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Compartment would not open

Needed a paper towel and tried to open the left front compartment on our Discovery. Seems the front latch broke the last time I closed it and after calling the dealer I was told it is a difficult problem to solve. I made a lever to try to push the latch but no joy. Bought an inspection camera and pushed it up the gap and the latch was clearly visible. Easy to open when you can see where the tool is. I bought a Milwaukee M12 but the Ryobi camera might be a better choice as it can save images so they can be shared and it is less expensive. I think one of these is a necessary addition to a MH as everything is hard to access and the older you get the more this becomes a truth.
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I had to use a right angle pick to push in the broken piece. New latches are around $15, I now carry spares.


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Seems like the new latches that have a dull white lock are more durable compared to the black plastic on the original equipment. I am going to replace all of the original latches as this is the second one to break. I had to file the door to get the new one to fit into the opening but it worked.
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:47 PM   #4
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Today I ordered all new latches from RB Machineing, aluminum latch and guaranteed forever. No more plastic latches and unexpected breakage at the worst possible moment. I wonder why they are not standard on new coaches?
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Never broken one yet on our DSDP's, but after 10 years maybe I should think about it.
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I wonder why they are not standard on new coaches?
Why would the manufacturer buy $15 latches when the $3 ones work for a few years?
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Old 08-14-2012, 09:39 AM   #7
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There was a time when quality counted. When a very small cost differential adds so much long term value it is a no brainier IMHO. Camping World should sell quality replacements instead of perpetuating poor parts, when one breaks you know all the parts are brittle and it is just a matter of time before you have the Oh sh** experience. Calif. air is tough on many types of plastic and rubber so maybe we need a Calif. version of a MH made with metal parts.
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