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Old 02-25-2013, 02:44 PM   #1
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Locked In The Motor Home

The other night I tried to open the door of my MH to take the dogs out and it would not open. I ended up using a hooked broom hanging out the side window to catch the outside latch. These are the pics of my problem, the outside and inside latch is good. The problem is where the screwdriver is pointing at. The shinny area is where the lever has worn down over the years. Anyone ever had this happen?? How do you change it out and does Tri-Mark have the part? Besides calling it a whichamacallit, what is it called?

This can't be exclusive to National RV's only.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:51 PM   #2
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had same problem but was locked out. had to break window. thats another story.
try-mark doesn't sell parts!!!! but they will sell you the whole latch. you can find em on the net. mine was about $100 with shipping.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #3
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If the part wont work just because it is worn, maybe a welder could spruce up the front of the part. Wouldnt take him 5 minutes. just a thought
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:05 PM   #4
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j b weld a dime on it
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If the part wont work just because it is worn, maybe a welder could spruce up the front of the part. Wouldnt take him 5 minutes. just a thought
Gets my vote .... 5 minutes and a touchup with a flat file.
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Old 02-25-2013, 06:19 PM   #6
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You can find the manufacturer of the lock set in many cases by searching the key number i.e. if the key number is HF 301 through 351 it is a Fastec, they have engineering exploded drawings for each of their locks.
The are Home and even if it is not their lock one of theirs may fit.
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Absolutely weld up will be a good fix.
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Old 02-26-2013, 09:35 AM   #8
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For me this would be a safety issue. What if it came open while driving? What if I couldn't get it open and the MH was on fire. The rest of the latch is worn, too. Get a new latch.
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make sure you get a welder who knows how to protect the electronics in the coach. a misplaced arc from the welder can do massive damage
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:26 AM   #10
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12 years and $100 dollars, that's $8.34 per year. Bargain.

I'm a new latch type who freely salutes the inventiveness of those who are not.

Either way it is an easy fix and you did not have to beat your MH up getting out the door.
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