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Old 02-01-2016, 10:10 AM   #1
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Wheelchair accessible door

I have a Newmar Canyon star wheelchair accessible RV. It has an automatic door opener on the wheelchair accessible door. This is the door the lift comes out of.

On my first trip with the RV a gust of wind caught the wheelchair accessible door and broke the door opener off. Newmar send me all the parts and the door was repaired but I am just worried that this is going to happen again. Any suggestions to make this door stronger? It was only about a 20 mile an hour wind when the door opener was broken. I was thinking about a retractable lanyard to the top corner of the door but I have not done anything yet.

Let me know if anybody has had this issue or if there are any suggestions.


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Old 02-01-2016, 11:25 AM   #2
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Did the opener break because it was opened too far or was it just the pressure of the wind? On windy days is there anyone that could open the door from the outside and disconnect the opener mechanism? The door has to open on the opener, so any lanyard or strap would only limit how far it open, not reduce the wind pressure.


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I don't know anything about Newmar or your particular door but on my last TT the wind caught the door and did some damage when it opened too far. I installed a household screen door chain with a spring to limit its swing. I actually installed it on the screen door hoping the door catch would hold the outside door.

It seemed to work ok and if I did want to open the door all the way, I could easily unhook the chain.
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Old 02-01-2016, 04:43 PM   #4
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We have a wheelchair door too, and yes, those suckers are big and the wind can rip them aside easily. Couple of options:

1. Remove and disable the automatic opener. Do you really need it? Can you go out the other door, open the wheelchair door, and then do what you have to do? I don't have an automatic opener nor would I want one. There are just so many things you can do.

2. Install a spring/chain gizmo as the other poster said. they may do good to stop the door from opening too much.
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Old 02-01-2016, 08:49 PM   #5
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Thanks for the reply!

Both my wife and I are full-time wheelchair users. So unfortunately neither of us can go down the steps and open the door.

I have been looking into different ways I can secure the door. I am currently using a rope but it gets caught in the door when I close it. I was looking at some sort of a retractable lanyard much like retractable dog leash. I think that will work but I just haven't found the right one.
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A lanyard or dog leash may work but not sure you should be holding that door back or if the opener should. What broke last time? The actual hardware of where it mounted? Can you put some pictures here?

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