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Old 10-22-2014, 08:36 AM   #1
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Door handle stuck, in the closed position!!??

My wife and son both went outside the motorhome this morning and upon trying to renter the door was jammed closed. The handle would not turn from inside the motorhome. I finally put enough pressure to get the handle ,from inside, to get the door open. My problem now is how do I get this handle to operate freely as it is still not working properly and I am afraid to shut the door.
I have a 2005 Winnebago Journey 36 G,,,,,please any help
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:43 AM   #2
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Liberal application of WD-40 , CRC silicone on the internal latch system you can see from the side of the door when opened. Spray it, exercise the latch by using something to push the overcenter cam to the closed position. Keep opening and closing the latch until it operates freely.
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Old 10-22-2014, 08:51 AM   #3
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I am not sure if you are describing a problem with the door handle itself, or possibly the amount of leveling you have used to get the coach level. You may want to try to re-level the coach to take some pressure off of the door itself? That is the only time I have experienced problems with the entry door.
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:02 AM   #4
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That happened when ours broke. The metal they use on the hammer is only about 1/16" thick and made of a pewter material so it doesn't bend, it breaks. New door handle $100 and has been updated so the handle didn't cover paint. I had to go through driver door with an allen wrench and take it apart, remove the broken hammer until we got ready to leave.
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Old 10-22-2014, 11:49 AM   #5
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If your latch looks like this:



It's a Trimark brand and has been redesigned to eliminate most of the problems with the version -pictured above.

Our latch was very hard to release on occasion and hard to release all the time. No amount of adjusting or removing the inside cover and applying white grease would help. The tipping point came when we were locked out -the locksmith said three of the "pins...?" were stuck in the extended position so the key couldn't be inserted.

The redesigned latch (pic below, Trimark 60-1650) has very smooth operation so far as well as double sided keys that are much thicker metal. The only downside is the new lock doesn't cover the same area due to the rounded corners so (in our case) a bit of unpainted body is exposed.

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If your latch looks like this:



It's a Trimark brand and has been redesigned to eliminate most of the problems with the version -pictured above.

Our latch was very hard to release on occasion and hard to release all the time. No amount of adjusting or removing the inside cover and applying white grease would help. The tipping point came when we were locked out -the locksmith said three of the "pins...?" were stuck in the extended position so the key couldn't be inserted.

The redesigned latch (pic below, Trimark 60-1650) has very smooth operation so far as well as double sided keys that are much thicker metal. The only downside is the new lock doesn't cover the same area due to the rounded corners so (in our case) a bit of unpainted body is exposed.

I had to use parts from both of them to make mine work.
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Old 10-22-2014, 04:22 PM   #7
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If you have the car door style like mine 2003 sightseer you will see a black plug below the striker. Remove the plug and you will see a nut Its 11 mm I think. clockwise makes it release it quicker. I just did mine.
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Since the problem was the handle would not turn, and you used force to turn it... I am guessing something internal came loose and needs attending.

Many RVers have a few screws loose.. Some of those screws on my rig were on basement door latches.. Same construction as door latch.
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The door on my MH would lock me out intermittently to the point where I left the driver's window unlocked so I could climb in there (PITA). I called and got the door adjustment info and followed the instruction. That didn't always fix it so I had a RV specialist adjust it (no charge thank you). Finally, I bought a new Trimark lock and replaced the old one so I haven't had to climb in the window for the last 7-8 months. Good, I'm too old to be doing that!
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My wife and son both went outside the motorhome this morning and upon trying to renter the door was jammed closed. The handle would not turn from inside the motorhome. I finally put enough pressure to get the handle ,from inside, to get the door open. My problem now is how do I get this handle to operate freely as it is still not working properly and I am afraid to shut the door.
I have a 2005 Winnebago Journey 36 G,,,,,please any help
Sounds like since it did open with a lot of pressure it's binding on the stricker. Try greasing the lock not the handle and alittle on stricker pin.
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