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Old 10-03-2010, 12:10 PM   #1
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Coach Door Misaligned

In my 2005 Fleetwood Revolution 40C, th front door is very difficult to close. It rubs the top of the door jam so bad that most people cant close the door.

Is the specific method to adjust the door so that it opens and closes smootly?
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Old 10-03-2010, 12:41 PM   #2
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Looking forward to all of the suggestions as mine does the same thing except it is the bottom, on the latch side. I did adjust the 2 (screws) alignment bolts. It has helped but still is dropped down about a 1/4 inch below the opening for the bolts to slide into. With some effort ,, not slamming but pushing firmly it will close but would like for it to be a lot smoother.
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Old 10-03-2010, 01:14 PM   #3
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I have carefully used a 4' 2x4 on the edge of the door with a sledge hammer to tap and adjust the door hinge.

I usually find that if the door is rubbing in once spot it has too much space in another so the above process adjusts the door hinge geometry.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:30 AM   #4
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Buztan99 ,

Does your DP have two (2) door jam striker bolts? One up near the top and one mid jam?

I have installed many of my new striker bolts over the past three years and many of the original striker bolts were misaligned or the "Hex head bolt" was not far enough extended to be interference free (from the door latching mechanism) on the inside end of hex head - simply adding a spacer washer could solve this problem. This caused many closing problems on the rigs I have looked at. Also, many of this bolts, if fixed securly in their installation were never set properly at the factory to begin with.

Here is "Oemy's" web site of the new bolt design, in the "DIY" section.



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I got this idea from Max Hubrich. He, like some others, has ripped one or more shirts or lost some skin to the door striker on our Newmar coaches. The end of the striker is shaped like bolt head but it is very thin and kind of sharp. What we have found is this same door striker is used on many other RV's. We have found that some DP's need a slightly longer threaded section. So, if you need the long version please indicate that in your email.
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I suggest you remove one, or both (if you have two), of these bolts and closely examine them to look for interference problems and readjust them accordingly.

When adjusting these bolts make sure the coach is level as you would have it while living in it.

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If the door itself is at a wrong angle. messing with the latch bolt isn't going to help. You might want to remove the bolt and try it. to make sure it isnot the latch bolt pushing the door up so that the top jams. If it still jams with no latch bolt in place, you have misaligned door. That suggests to me that the frame is slightly bent and I don't know of any adjustment for that. Maybe could remove the entire door and shim it a bit?

A trip to the Fleetwood Factory Service Center in Decatur, IN, may be the best solution for this sort of problem.
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If the door itself is at a wrong angle. messing with the latch bolt isn't going to help. You might want to remove the bolt and try it. to make sure it isnot the latch bolt pushing the door up so that the top jams. If it still jams with no latch bolt in place, you have misaligned door. That suggests to me that the frame is slightly bent and I don't know of any adjustment for that. Maybe could remove the entire door and shim it a bit?

A trip to the Fleetwood Factory Service Center in Decatur, IN, may be the best solution for this sort of problem.
I agree that it's an alignment issue and not an issue with the striker bolt. It very well may be a bent door frame but I see a bunch of screws running down the side of the door that mounts to the door hinges. It looks like each scew hole is slighlty oval so maybe I can unsrcew each a bit then adjust the door down and in a bit. I'll give it a try.
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