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Old 01-02-2015, 11:06 AM   #1
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Question "Knee Closing" Side Compartments

The side compartment doors on my Winnie almost all require an appropriately applied knee to latch - that's two knee applications per door. It's not a big problem, but not fun on a rainy day or when the coach is dusty dirty.

I've tried spraying with silicone and other lubes, but to no avail. I'm sure others have this problem, but the question is has anyone solved it?

I am obliged for any ideas or help.

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Loosening the latch striker would provide a solution , BUT, could leave you with a water leak, around the door gaskets.
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My National Surf Side has the same thing, but as Skip246 noted, I am glad that it does because I am sure it is a tight seal AND, that it is actually caught. I'll take the dirty knees over having to stop on a busy highway to collect something that came out an open door.
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Old 01-02-2015, 11:41 AM   #4
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The side compartment doors on my Winnie almost all require an appropriately applied knee to latch - that's two knee applications per door. It's not a big problem, but not fun on a rainy day or when the coach is dusty dirty.

I've tried spraying with silicone and other lubes, but to no avail. I'm sure others have this problem, but the question is has anyone solved it?

I am obliged for any ideas or help.

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take a wash rag and put it on the door when its wet......
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Old 01-02-2015, 06:25 PM   #5
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I always do too. Would much rather know it is latched rather than watching everything spewing out when making a fast turn. The alternative is to slam it shut and then suffer the breakage of the crappy plastic latch. I keep replacing mine with metal one. Why the hell cant winnebago do it right the first time and not have the owners fix all their mistakes.

Of course they are not the only mfg of MH that don't do it right the first time. It they all did it right we wouldn't have to have this list server to read.
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My bay doors are the same way. I found if I hold the latch open while closing the door, releasing the latch after the door has made contact with the gaskets the latches are snapped in the bolt holder on the frame. I still carry a rag with me to keep my pants clean if I do need to coax the latches snapped shut in cold weather (gaskets are harder to compress). By accident I discovered allowing a door to slam shut is wrong, mine broke the plastic locking bolts.
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