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Old 05-28-2014, 08:10 PM   #29
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Thanks for your most gracious offer. We will be in HH33. Can you make a striker bolt from the attached photo? As you can see, ours is pretty chewed up.
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Old 05-29-2014, 12:46 PM   #30
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Looks like 13/16" to me- You got it DL-- See ya in September--

Your DP has the big washer with a flared hub to it- Common on some DP's
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Old 06-03-2014, 10:58 AM   #31
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Following DLovitt's lead by posting a picture as well. Thank you for your generous offer. Looking forward to meeting you
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Old 06-09-2014, 06:03 PM   #32
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Max,

Mine looks very much like the photos and measurements posted by dlovitt and Lloydu. The washer has a flange that goes up to the bolt rather than just being flat like your original sketch shows. My measurement is 13/16 from the end of the bolt to the flange, but closer to 15/16 back to the flat part of the washer. I assume that 13/16 is the measurement you need. I am on site HH-13.

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Okay Bill & Lloydu-

Got ya both covered-- see ya in September- Golly, you folks are coming a long ways (Lloydu)

Cheers, and drive safe--
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Thank you again for generous offer. Can't wait to meet you.
I'm sure it will worth the drive!😜
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Max,

Traded rigs. Believe the bolt is the same, however. New one is an Entegra also.
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Max, Thank you in advance for the bolt. It is so nice of you to do this.
My measurement is 3/4" and we will be on site HH15.
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Max, My door snags, but it's not from the lags, it's the screen door. Maybe you can take a look at it for me. I would appreciate it.
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Hi, Max, if you could make one for me too, I would greatly appreciate it. Hopefully this photo gives you what you need. Site H-60
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Hey there Richard--

If anyone ever needed a new snagless bolt-- It's you!!!

Look at the top right corner, inside edge of the hex head bolt-- yikes!! It's a disaster waiting to happen.

These OEM bolts are case hardened steel. It's taken many years of door slamming to create this monster.
What should have been done many years ago is that a 1/16" to a 1/8" spacer washer (with a 3/8" hole- id to a 1/2" od) should have been installed at the flared washer end to eliminate the interference of the door latching mechanism when closing- in other words, extend the bolt outward by 1/8". I've seen this many times before. Note the razor sharp burred edge of the hex head- Ouch!- You cant hand file this burr off- A dremel tool grinder would need to be used.

When I've replaced other coach bolts with the same issue, I've pointed this problem out to their owners and they all had "smooth sailing" from then on.

My new bolt will eliminate this problem. There will be some other rally members that have the same issue. The new bolt will also eliminate hard door closing (metallic sound) and door rattles, in some cases.

I'll have one ready for you in September-

If someone wants to stick with the original bolt, like yours, and has this interference issue, I have made about a dozen of the spacer washers I spoke of above. I'll be glad to install one for you, or just give it to you and you can do it yourself.

The problem goes back to the Manufacturer and their service techs not understanding the issue involved. Dealers also don't have access to a metal cutting lathe and the personnel trained to operate such, to make some new spacers.
In reality any 3/8" id washer would work- It would "stand out" of place (because of the large od) and aesthetically be unpleasing to the eye. There would be no interefence issues with the screen door closing that I have ever seen.

The next Beaver that rolled off the production line similiar to yours, probably didn't have the same issue- or maybe it did-

And OH, my original bolt looked exactly like yours, and my rig went back to the Newmar factory twice for door closing issues. When I bought my rig it was 4 years old
and the original owner was bad mouthing the door closing issue to me. That's how come I came up with this new bolt design.
I've been asked many times why the "hex head" design was initially used. I can only guess the reason (s).

1- To facilitate installation.

and/or

2- To prevent the door from opening, either from theft or an accident (probably govermant mandated). And personally, if I'm in an crash/accident severe enough to unlock/open my entrance door- so be it! I would rather crawl out the open door opening than trying to find the "escape" window and pop it out to evacuate the vehicle.
I have noticed on my old Chevy Pick up truck, it has a similiar rounded head striker bolt. My GM car also has a similiar type arrangement.

Richard, if you think you need it now "pm" me with your address

Cheers,
See ya in September
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Richard Anderson-

The picture you posted looks distorted to me. Would you please measure the diameter of the round part of your bolt. It should be 1/2". I don't recall seeing another size- but saying that, I can make any size we might need. If a 5/8" wrench will fit on the "hex" part of the bolt we're okay with the 1/2" diameter.
You can use a micrometer or a vernier caliper to determine this round portion, dimension part of your existing bolt.

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Thanks, Max. I have learned to avoid it but it will be nice to not need to worry about it. The diameter is indeed 1/2 inch.
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Thanks for the offer.

Mine is 7/8 We will be in site I-14

See you there.

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