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Old 07-02-2016, 08:54 AM   #1
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Entry door adjustment

Any tips on adjusting the entry door on a 2014 Newmar Dutch Star? Top latch side is out about 3/8" when shut normally to get it to seal you have to slam it and I'm afraid of breaking the door handle off.

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Old 07-02-2016, 10:56 AM   #2
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"coalmanham"....You're experiencing a common problem with the Dutch Star door and one that many have complained about. Here is the issue. The latching mechanism has what is called a "star" adjustment. It's only adjustable by removing the wood trim around the inside of the coach door. This is a pain. They could have simply made the latch more accessible from the door frame by making a bigger cover plate.

Your door has two closing positions. If you look when you close it, it will latch in the first position when the door is closed normally. It seals in this position, but you'll see the door is slightly open on the latch side. It's actually designed to do this. While camping and even locking the door, you only close it to this position.

When you're ready to drive the coach, you need to close it hard to the second position to keep it from leaking air. When we get ready to drive, I place one had on the door frame where the latch is located and pull the door closed hard, to seal it in the second lock position.

When the coach is parked for long periods of times, like in storage, you should close the door to the second position (driving position). This helps set the rubber molding so it's not as hard to close.
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