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Old 09-27-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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I need help with storage bay door latch.

Help, please. The door latch to my sewer compartment is stuck in the closed position. The door lock is not engaged. When I lift the handle of the latch it does not engage. How do I get the door to open?

I have a 2002 Model 4095 Dutch Star.

Thanks.

P.S. - My black tank is full!
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Old 09-28-2012, 05:57 AM   #2
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If the door latch is on the bottom of the door you will need a large screw driver to be put between the door and frame.
I had the same problem with my Kountry Star.
You need to lie on the ground and see where the latch catches the cargo bay and try to engage latch. Took me about 10 minutes of trying and not do any damage.
Good luck
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Old 09-28-2012, 06:31 AM   #3
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Had this happen to me on a Holiday Rambler Imperial. Do you have the type of latch that has a central handle and two cables that go out to each edge to pull the actual catch? I was able to screw out the hose access port from underneath the bay and reach my arm in far enough to grab the cables and release the catches. Good luck.
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:20 AM   #4
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I have broken several of the end latches on my cargo doors. I used a large screwdriver to open the gap between the doors, and then took a smaller screwdriver
to push the latch back into the latch closure while pulling the door latch to open. The problem is with the plastic part that breaks off about an inch inside the closure not allowing the door handle to open one side of the door. Everything's made out of plastic these days, door latches, auto head light lens, etc.etc, There is a company that now makes those door latches out of aluminum. R.B. Enterprises or ph. 661-269-3233 Good luck
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Old 09-28-2012, 09:48 AM   #5
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I have just the opposite problem. My door latch for my electric opens and the latch stays in the open position. I have a pair of needle nose pliars that I use to pull the latch down. How do you key the replacement lock to use the same key?
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Old 09-29-2012, 11:57 AM   #6
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I finally got the sewer compartment door opened. As it turns out it is a two-person job. I had to enlist the services of my lovely wife.

Here's how we did it: I pried, and held, the bottom steel plate toward the center of the coach using a large broad-blade screw driver. Then, while my wife pushed against the door at the latch, I pried, and held, the lock plunger ("bolt") straight up with a smaller screw driver. While holding both screw drivers in place, my wife, then, with all her might, pulled the door open. Whew!

Now, my wife stresses that one needs to wear gloves when pulling on the bottom of the door because it is sharp and her delicate hands needed the protection.

Now, after the rain has stopped, I'll remove the latch mechanism, tear it down, and see if I can repair it. If not, I have a spare.

But, the key, again, is having someone push and pull the door at the right times.
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Steve; Your key will have a number stamped on it, get a lock set with that number.
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Thanks Hooligan. That's what I was looking for.
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