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Old 05-12-2018, 01:21 PM   #1
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Front Door Hold Open Mechanisms

I really don't know why Newmar insists on putting it to us when we need parts.

Newmar calls the Hold Open Mechanism an Ext Door Friction Top Lock and charges $225 dollars for it.

I learned that the manufacturer is PTL Engineering (Hold Open Mechanisms - PTL Engineering) and they sell the part for $85. Mine is Part Number: 001-523.

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Here's another example. My 2016 Dutch Star 4369 came with (1) slide out storage tray in the large pass through basement storage bin. Just forward of that bin was another pass through but it was a bit more narrow. I called Newmar and asked for a quote for a slide out tray for that bin. They quoted me over $1,800 plus shipping to CA for another $300 bucks. I called the manufacturer of my existing bin and they quoted me $850 plus shipping. About that time RV Upgrades (Camper Parts, Camper Supplies, RV Parts, RV Supplies: RVupgradestore) sent me an email and they had slide out trays on sale. Their price was $491 and that included shipping. HUGE savings and installing it was a snap and it works absolutely great. The only difference is its color. My original tray is medium grey in color and the new one is a light grey. Personally I don't care about the color since I saved a huge amount of money.
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The pull handle lock...pulled off into pieces, called Newmar, $425.



I'm finding another option.
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The pull handle lock...pulled off into pieces, called Newmar, $425.



I'm finding another option.
Try PTL, I believe that they make most Newmar doors. They probably have the part you need.
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It isn't just Newmar, it is standard practice in the automotive industry. To some extent, there is some justification for the high prices. Manufacturers have to provide parts for at least seven years back (I think that's the time frame). To do that, they have to stock parts they will probably never sell. And, if they run out of a specific part before the mandated time frame, they have to have more made at a small-quantity price. Both options are costly.

A few years ago, a plastic knob broke on my Ford F-350 truck. It looked like a $0.75 part to me, but Ford had it priced at $56! My local dealer cut me a break because I was a regular customer; $38!

I know it doesn't sit well to have these parts priced so high, but if you were in the RV manufacturer's shoes, it might look different.

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I know it doesn't sit well to have these parts priced so high, but if you were in the RV manufacturer's shoes, it might look different.

TJ

Newmar isn't stocking the part, PTL is.

I broke the passenger side mirror. Newmar said that they would have to special order one for $1850. I called ramco and got it for $750. How much markup is reasonable?
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BrokeDown, Thanks for sharing that info. We have been just dealing with the door not staying open not wanting to pay newmar price gouging !!
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I really don't know why Newmar insists on putting it to us when we need parts.

Newmar calls the Hold Open Mechanism an Ext Door Friction Top Lock and charges $225 dollars for it.

I learned that the manufacturer is PTL Engineering (Hold Open Mechanisms - PTL Engineering) and they sell the part for $85. Mine is Part Number: 001-523.

-B

It is because if you have a motor home you must be rich. Further more, you probably have a pile money growing faster than you can ever spend it; you never had to work hard for your money. Why else would labor go to $150 per hour and the quality of the work is never better.
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Wait till you can download a file and have your 3D printer make it for you while wait!
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Old 05-28-2018, 05:53 PM   #10
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I own a 2008 Kountry Star and the hold open would no longer work. After reading some post I determined that the stop washer was missing. I called the factory for a new one but they only sell the complete assembly. It was going to cost about $160 +/- for the assembly.

I went to True Value purchased a nylon 1/4-20 nut for $.35 cents, drilled out the nut with a 5/16" drill bit, hacksawed one side, cut off about 1/16" more material, pressed it into position and it is working as designed.

It's holding currently in some fairly gusty winds. Time will tell how long it will last so extra's have been purchased and prepped.
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Old 06-02-2018, 10:41 AM   #11
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I have been using a plastic tie strap, I'm going out to get the plastic nut now.
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I forgot to mention that I had tried the ty wrap method first, it only held if there was no breeze.
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