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Old 07-31-2018, 08:09 PM   #1
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Entry Door Lock Repair/Replacement Sort of

All Ė I had the primary latch lock assembly break and had to replace the outside assembly. NOTE: The Door Latch is two assemblies, one the outside, and one the inside. If you have something break, take pictures and work with PTL Engineering to determine which part of the assembly you need. I paid 90.70 for the outside with shipping.

Once you receive the outside assembly, take some WD-40 or light machine oil, and drop some in each of the three screw holes, if you know the screw size use a bottom tap to clean it out, Note, it may not be tapped at all, so tapping the holes might also be something you have to do. I was not able to determine if mine was tapped or not, so I had to clean those holes with the original screws after I realized it was not going to go together because the screws would not go in the holes. So I had to take it apart, clean the holes, blah, blah, blah. I would ask them to send three screws as well, mine are star heads, and so make sure you have the correct size driver.

Getting it apart was not too bad, working the outside piece out was tight. Additionally, if you have keyless entry you have a small rod which needs to be disconnected, and it has a plastic keeper (purple part in picture) on it. See Outside Picture 01. Mine broke at that point, as my keyless entry is overtightening the lever which protrudes into the inside of the RV. I donít know of any adjustment, and to do it, must mean taking it apart again, which I am not going to do.

On the outside jam of the door, are two plastic covers, one right below the door locking rods, and one further down. Take the cover off the one closest to the lock, and using a socket (think itís 7/16ths), loosen this nut, and COUNT THE TURNS YOU LOOSEN, as you will need to retighten it the same number. It needs more slop for the lever on the Inside part to mesh with the part on the outside part I replaced. There is a YouTube video on this operation and the link is below for all the PTL videos, you want the Handle Rod Adjustment one. - Search for PTL Engineering.

Once you have the new outside part up, the screw holes cleaned/tapped, and test your screws in all three, then you need to assemble the keyless entry. The picture is before I disconnected the lever, so take note of which way it all goes together, and itís easier to hook up the rod/plastic keeper once the outside piece is sort of stuck in the door, with the dead bolt sticking through its hole.

Now take the inside piece, and you are now facing the inside of the door, twist it to the left a tad bit so the lever goes down and outside the inside lever. See picture here, I donít know the correct part names, but the handle lever and the inside part (with the bar going to the outside of the door-this is the part you loosened the nut on) must lay in such a way, when you pull the outside handle, it moves the rod/lever to open the lock and they lay alongside each other, pain to get them adjusted properly. In the picture below you will see the lever from the outside, laying against the other lever it has to operate to open the door, but they are 90 degrees opposed for the picture.

It is easier to see how it all goes together if you slide the plastic cover off of the inside piece, and pre-fit the whole thing together. See the Outside Cover Picture for an example of what mine has. if you coach does not have this, or a different type, you are on your own here.

Once the pre-fit process is completed, and you understand how it needs to go back together, just assemble it back, and put in the center screw first Ė one toward the outside of the door or in the middle of the whole thing. Tighten it up almost snug, start the other two screws, they go through a metal bracket which is bolted inside the door, all this stuff sort of fits around it. Now make sure the outside handle open the latch, you should see the inside handle move, if it does not, then itís is NOT MATED UP PROPERLY, so itís back to getting it to work.

This job was a pain, DO NOT CLOSE THE DOOR TO THE RV UNTIL YOU HAVE TIGHTENED UP THE NUT YOU LOOSEND EARLIER Ė You will lock yourself outside of the coach, if you have a wife/girlfriend, she needs to be INSIDE because from there you can open the door. I had to put my GF through the garbage can door access and she had to snake herself inside to open it as I forgot to adjust this nut back the way it started.

FWIW-It most likely save me money by doing it myself and I am handy with tools, but, as I age, holding onto small screws is getting more difficult, so make sure you do this someplace where if you drop parts they are not lost in the dirt/rocks/etc. Additionally, you have to bend and/or twist the different parts (outside part versus inside part) to get it together and to put in the screws, it would be handy to have some help holding the outside piece while you mess with the outside piece. You also have to align the dead bolt knob (inside part) to the shaft of the outside piece so you can lock the deadbolt. If you are not mechanically inclined (alpine owners are or they get rid of these coaches) then find a recommended repair place and have them take your money. This is not something most folks will ever do many times, but it was interesting. It's for sale because I am tired of nutty drivers on the roads and on the east coast it's just too big for the road here.
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