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Old 04-08-2005, 08:21 PM   #1
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I had the inside handle of the dead bolt fail while I was inside the coach. Kinda scary when you can't open the door from the INSIDE. No problem, just take the latch apart with the tools I keep in the rig. WRONG, the door latch uses a TORXS type screw.

Called the dealer to get a new handle, right. WRONG, they need to send the whole door latch assembly... Parts guys says it costs $400... do you believe that.

The real problem is a poorly design knob. It's plastic with a metal insert. Very easy to break if you put a bit to much pressure on it. If you have this style door latch then watch out.



OBTW - It is made by Trimark of New Hampton, IA.

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I had the inside handle of the dead bolt fail while I was inside the coach. Kinda scary when you can't open the door from the INSIDE. No problem, just take the latch apart with the tools I keep in the rig. WRONG, the door latch uses a TORXS type screw.

Called the dealer to get a new handle, right. WRONG, they need to send the whole door latch assembly... Parts guys says it costs $400... do you believe that.

The real problem is a poorly design knob. It's plastic with a metal insert. Very easy to break if you put a bit to much pressure on it. If you have this style door latch then watch out.



OBTW - It is made by Trimark of New Hampton, IA.

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Old 04-09-2005, 05:54 AM   #3
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Could you fit a metal sleeve (steel tubing cutoff, etc) around the plastic to hold it in? Kind of like a truss belt? If this was done prior to breaking maybe it would help to prevent it from breaking?
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Being in the industry (Locks) for 40+ yrs, what you see here is an absolute piece of JUNK, not worth $40.00 let alone $400.00!

You generally can't buy seperate parts for RV locks, just whole assemblies. Trimark is the "new kid on the block", for many yrs. they were all made by Bargman, all metal, and very reliable. If you had the Bargman lock, a replacement would be $75/100.00 for the whole assy. Some Mfgs. still use Bargman, especially on trailers, 5th. wheels, and lots of current MH's

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If I were you, I would call the door manufacturer to see if a Bargman lock assembly could be retrofitted in your door. The cost of the Bargman and any fitting costs would probably pay for itself in the long run. Good luck...
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Cruzer - A sleeve would only delay the replacement but would be better than nothing.

Lockman - You a "spot on". I would think that a $140,000 coach should have a tad better components.

If I were out of warranty I would be looking for a better lock system assuming that it would fit the door I have installed.
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Got a reply from Trimark..
Parts line = 1-800-431-8616
ask for Terri or Ann

lock assembly white inside = $31.77
black outside = 55.08

dead bolt knob for white inside = 81482 - .97
knob retaining clip = 80967 - .07

Go figure
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