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Old 05-03-2013, 11:21 AM   #1
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Battery Tray Problem - Latch Cable Broken

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I read your post about lubing rollers on battery tray. MY problem is the cable on the latch broke off the latch so the battery tray is locked CLOSED! Any thoughts on how to get to the latch? I really can't see the latch. I'm thinking about just taking every bolt out until the tray comes apart in it's component pieces.
Hummm, that could be a problem...

I will tell you everything I know about the latch on my 2000 DSDP and see if it helps. The latch is at the back of the try and in the center of the tray. I can't remember if there is a gap at the back of the tray where you could access the latch from underneath.... it seems to me that I remembered that there isn't, but look to see. I can give you a photo of the latch so you can see the lever where the cable attaches.

If memory serves, the cable tang is on top of the latch (???). But either way you would need to push or pull the tang (lever) to unlock the latch.

My latch is welded, not bolted so that can be a problem also... can't be dis-attached via wrench.

I don't think that trying to disassembling the tray would help in any way since the batteries are in place and the lock would still be locked. You would actually have to remove the batteries in order to access the latch.

First try to see the latch from underneath, or either side... from below.

If that doesn't work, I would call the manufacturer and see if they had an idea of how to solve the problem. I have talked to them and have found them to very helpful... and parts are much less expensive from them.

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Posting this in a new thread may get some more answers on how to solve the problem.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:27 AM   #2
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I was able to access the latch from below, enough to release it. At that point some owners disable the latch and drill a hole through the frame and tray then just drop a large bolt in the hole.
That's what I did on our 2000 DSDP. Our 2002 has a different latch and after 11 years still works fine.
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Old 05-03-2013, 11:49 AM   #3
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I was able to access the latch from below, enough to release it. At that point some owners disable the latch and drill a hole through the frame and tray then just drop a large bolt in the hole.
That's what I did on our 2000 DSDP. Our 2002 has a different latch and after 11 years still works fine.
Thanks Mr_D, that will help JYForsberg in his plight. As you mentioned I used the "bolt-pin" method on mine also since my latch was broken and welded and way too expensive from Newmar. Since then (as posted elsewhere) I had the opportunity to get a new latch from Keyline for $25 and jumped at the opportunity just in case I ever decide to replace the original.

We'll see how this goes for JYForsberg...
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I was able to access the latch from below, enough to release it. At that point some owners disable the latch and drill a hole through the frame and tray then just drop a large bolt in the hole.
That's what I did on our 2000 DSDP....
Same here.
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Same here.
Same welded latch, using the bolt and nut to secure the tray. Sounds like a common problem..
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Same welded latch, using the bolt and nut to secure the tray. Sounds like a common problem..
On our 2002 DSDP they use an entirely different latch, I'm guessing a lot of people had trouble so they changed it.
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