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Old 03-19-2023, 12:12 PM   #1
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Unable to Access Outdoor Entertainment Center/TV - Help

"Mysteriously", at 9:30 last evening, my outdoor TV (OTV) came on with the volume loud. In my nearly eight years of owning the coach that's never happened. I should mention that the LR TV in the same passenger slide was ON and my wife says she was using the DishTV remote at the time. I have used the OTV only a couple of times...when first purchased. I found that after unlocking the door I could NOT open it, though aggressively trying. During the process of unplugging all (I believe) the cords under the kitchen sink, the OTV shut down, "mysteriously" more awful noise, up to now. I'm satisfied that neither of the plugs I unplugged caused the TV to shut down. I believe it turned off the same way it turned on, i.e., "mysteriously! Now, I'm wanting to open the door to the OTV without causing damage, and understand that the seals most likely are stuck together. Is there a recommended "spray" that I can direct on the seals around the door to perhaps unstick them? I'm leery of trying to pry the door open. Anyone been through this...the OTV coming on and shutting off, as well as needing to open a stuck door? Help, if you can, please. Thanks, Larry
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Old 03-19-2023, 12:23 PM   #2
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It's just like the windows in your coach. When they get stuck, you put some pressure on the handle and walk away. They'll pop open in a few minutes.

You need to do the same with the outside TV door. Holding the door for ten minutes probably will be hard to do. Take something and wedge the handle into the open position. Place something under it like cardboard.

Unless you have some plastic pry bars handy, you could take a couple of butter knives, wrap them with Gorilla tape and use them as a pry bar in both lower corners. Wedge them in, put some pressure on them and then Gorilla tape the exposed ends to the side of the coach. Allow then to apply pressure for a while.

whatever you can figure out, you just need to put some pressure on the door for a short while. 303 the seals when you get it open.
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Old 03-19-2023, 03:12 PM   #3
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Thanks, Don. I should have no to little trouble, following your instructions! Regards!
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Old 03-21-2023, 08:50 PM   #4
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Also, keep in mind the Outside TV uses, (if not changed from the factory,) the same remote as your inside TV's. Use the remote to shut it off next time the door gets stuck.
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Old 03-22-2023, 06:39 AM   #5
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We have had the same thing happen with the outside TV getting turned on. It's probably happened a half dozen times in the past 10 yrs. The remotes are IR so that shouldn't be doing it, but who knows.
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I’ve also had this happen to our outside TV. After a couple of times, I just unplugged it on the back of the TV. ……Then when we use it again, I have to figure out which side the plug is on to plug it back in.
Regarding the stuck door, I’ve been able to pull for a min. or two on the handle and it opens.
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Old 03-22-2023, 07:25 AM   #7
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My remote will turn on and off the outside TV, inside the TV, and the one over the front window. I had unplugged them except for the main TV.

I don't use my outside TV that often so I put Camco slide seal lube on the seal and haven't had a problem since.
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If there is a Harbor Freight nearby, getting a set of automotive trim tools is worth the $10.00 or so.
They come in handy for a lot of jobs.
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Old 03-28-2023, 12:26 PM   #9
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Hey, fellows, I'm off the road now and hope to give attention to my "stuck outdoor entertainment center/TV door" in a short time. I'll report my efforts. Many thanks! Larry
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