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Old 06-24-2016, 07:43 PM   #1
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Baggage / Compartment Door Lock

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I've seen this issue highlighted here, but have still yet to find the solution to what I'm seeking. I have multiple compartment door locks or bolts that have broken over time. The plastic "bolt", "throw" or "plunger" mechanism has sheared off and from what I've discovered can only be replaced as a whole unit, but I'd rather just replace the bolt, any ideas?

I've read that people have drilled out the rivets and replaced the plastic bolt mechanism with a metal one and re-riveted the unit. Does this make sense? Attached is a picture of the sealed unit, but again, I'd rather just replace the bolt if it's more cost effective. Thank you!
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Looks really simple, don't see why not.

You can buy "Delrin" a very strong and slippery plastic, or use brass.
Those would be easier to work with than steel.

My guess is after you get the rivets drilled out, the plastic is attached to the metal pull tab.

A piece of brass that is twice as long as you need it would let you make 1 45 deg cut and have two parts ready to use.

You have nothing to lose by giving it a try.

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I'm sure I've read on this forum that someone found replacement bolts made of metal. Just keep searching and have patience.
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I have a Southwind (99) and just changed one. The local dealer had them in stock. I bought 3 as a just in case. They were 18.00 each. I also have some machining capabilities and at that price, I'll buy them instead of making them. 1st one broken so far.
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Let me add that the locking bolts on my latches are steel (actually more like a car door lock).
But I want to point out that I am modifying them so that I will have a way of getting into the compartment if the latch breaks and I can't open the door.

I had this happen last week, but I was able to access the lock from the next compartment. This only works on six of my doors. the other 6 don't have alternate access.

So a plastic bolt like you have now, could probably be the weak point and allow you to force the door open. I guess this is both good and bad.

Something to consider.

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Great replies, thank you. I don't necessarily have the machining capabilities, but if someone has a website or distributor, please post. I've sifted through the forums with no luck, but I'll keep it up! Thank you!
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Let me add that the locking bolts on my latches are steel (actually more like a car door lock).
But I want to point out that I am modifying them so that I will have a way of getting into the compartment if the latch breaks and I can't open the door.

I had this happen last week, but I was able to access the lock from the next compartment. This only works on six of my doors. the other 6 don't have alternate access.

So a plastic bolt like you have now, could probably be the weak point and allow you to force the door open. I guess this is both good and bad.

Something to consider.

Regards,

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Great point, thank you Dan.
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There was a machining company North of LA that was selling replacements for the latches, with metal plungers. I bought a couple and they work great. The links to their website are not working. I think I have one still in package and if I find the company I will post here tomorrow.
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There was a machining company North of LA that was selling replacements for the latches, with metal plungers. I bought a couple and they work great. The links to their website are not working. I think I have one still in package and if I find the company I will post here tomorrow.
Looking forward to it, thank you!
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Found these on eBay. Showing many brands besides Fleetwood.

Search this on eBay:
Fleetwood National RV Motorhome Type Baggage Compartment Door Latch FN001
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Replacing the whole unit is cheap enough, and easy enough.
4 Trimark 3 in Recess Mount Plunger Bolt Latch Compartment Door Catch RV E525 | eBay
I had to replace a number of them on a MH I had. Just make sure your latch/rod mechanism is working properly.
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Here is the info on the place that has replacements and rebuild kits for the latches. Have replaced and few on mine and very easy to do.
rb machining rv division
motorhomelatches.com
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I recall seeing advertising for metal latch assemblies to replace the plasic ones in various different RV magazines like FMCA and Motorhome.
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I recall seeing advertising for metal latch assemblies to replace the plasic ones in various different RV magazines like FMCA and Motorhome.
That's where I found them in the FMCA Mag.
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