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Old 03-25-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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Door holder

Looking for ideas to secure front door when open. Door is like a sail in wind and I'm afraid it will spring door or worse yet will send my 28,000 lb. rig airborne.

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Old 03-25-2014, 02:15 PM   #2
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Not specifically familiar with your coach but ours has a two piece flat bar at the top of the door that only lets it open to 90 degrees and holds it there. The bar is released by the door handle. The two pieces are joined in the middle by a rivet that can break over time and then the door will swing freely as they seperate. I put a short bolt in mine to hold it together. Hope this helps.
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Old 03-25-2014, 02:16 PM   #3
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On our Old MH there is a lever that the door hooks to the side of MH.
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I've got a catch that usually holds it open, but in a strong gust it will slam shut. In windy conditions I out a bungee cord around side mirror and hold the door open.
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Old 03-26-2014, 11:31 AM   #5
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I made this from aluminum angle iron. Cut off end to make 2 brackets to mount on coach (see pics). Then drill 2 bolt holes on each end (after cutting to proper length) of the angle iron and install 2 stainless bolt/nuts and cut off bolt heads.
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Old 03-26-2014, 02:09 PM   #6
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I made this from aluminum angle iron. Cut off end to make 2 brackets to mount on coach (see pics). Then drill 2 bolt holes on each end (after cutting to proper length) of the angle iron and install 2 stainless bolt/nuts and cut off bolt heads.
I'm liking it Charlie! Best option yet! I noticed hinge in the middle, is that so you can close door and angle irons fold up, or do you just remove altogether?

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It is so it can be unbolted (with wing nut) and stored at about 1/2 the assembled length. Didn't want to complicate the original idea with specifics.
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Ours came from the factory with a gas strut, same as what holds the bay doors up. Open the door and the strut allows the door to open slowly by it's self and hold it open. Haven't owned it long enough to find out how it's effected by strong winds but the door is a mid entry and is behind our front slide out so the slide protects it. Works great! It is a very simple and effective unit. Hope you can see it in the attached picture. It would be simple to install one, could probably just pick up a strut and mounts off a wrecked car in a recycle yard and screw it on.
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I made this from aluminum angle iron. Cut off end to make 2 brackets to mount on coach (see pics). Then drill 2 bolt holes on each end (after cutting to proper length) of the angle iron and install 2 stainless bolt/nuts and cut off bolt heads.

Great idea. That is much better than my method of running a bunji cord from the door to the mirror. I'll add that to my list of things to do.
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Holy Cow Charlie! I wish I'd seen your classically simple solution before I went off the "Deep End" The good news is no (additional) holes have to be drilled into either the door or sidewall with my quick release monstrosity!

Ours is a "Mechanical Bungee" Bob! Lol!!
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Holy Cow Charlie! I wish I'd seen your classically simple solution before I went off the "Deep End" The good news is no (additional) holes have to be drilled into either the door or sidewall with my quick release monstrosity! Ours is a "Mechanical Bungee" Bob! Lol!!
Very nice! Can you provide details on parts used and assembly? Have you considered a patent?
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Charlie: I am interested, too. Where did you find the anchors at both ends? Thanks for the idea! \ken
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I drilled 5/16 holes for the pins in the aluminum angle attached to the coach. I used 2 each 5/16 X 1 1/2" long Stainless bolts. Drilled 2 5/16 holes (at the proper spacing) in the aluminum angle rod. Screwed 1 each, 5/16 nut up to the end of the threads on the bolts. Insert the bolts into the angle rod and put on second nut and tighten. Cut off the hex head and you have a pin to insert into the brackets on the coach. Hope this makes sense.
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