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Old 05-20-2012, 06:27 AM   #1
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Entrance door latching for opening and closing

We have a 2011 Tiffin QBH the the entrance door handle is very hard to open and you have to slam it to close have adjusted the latching pin as far as possible but still tight,would like to put some sort of an electrical door closing mechanism similar to what is use on a rear hatch on an SUV or a van side door closing mechanism that powers the door closed so that it is just pulled to and then the power pulls it in tight. Any thought or anybody done this ????.

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:18 AM   #2
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Is the END of the bolt/pin hitting the striker plate? If so and you have adjusted it all the way in and still have the problem, see if you can adust the plate away from the door. If the problem still exists, you could try to adjust the latch away from the jam, make sure the hinge side of the door is tight. One last thought is remove the pin and grind off about 1/8 inch.

I really doubt anyone would make an electric auto closing door. If they did, you would still have problems if the door/latch wasn't adjusted properly.

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Old 05-20-2012, 07:30 AM   #3
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I would be really careful putting on a door that doesn't come with a coach...the measurements are exacting.
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Old 05-20-2012, 07:49 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by DogsCamping
I would be really careful putting on a door that doesn't come with a coach...the measurements are exacting.
I not changing the door ,I would just like to install a better closing mechanism
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:15 AM   #5
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Grease in a spray can when applied to the latch and pin will usually cure the problem.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:24 AM   #6
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Hold the door almost closed - just so that you can see a tiny reveal around its perimeter. Look for places where the reveal is less than others - this is where the door is sticking. If possible adjust the door frame trim to allow for equal reveal, sometimes it is as simple as tightening screws. If it is just the hardware causing the issue, loosen the actual handle and try retightening in different positions - there will be a small amount of play that may alleviate your issues. Make sure all of the hinge screws are tight. There are times shimming a hinge can realign a door as well. Some hinges are adjustable to allow for alignment. Grease will just make a mess... Maybe none of this will work, but on stick builts it can!

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