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Old 05-06-2016, 06:29 AM   #1
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Question Outside basement door covering tanks?

What do I get to hold the outside side door closed that hides access to the tanks? The bolts that were there have fallen out. I was thinking of a Molly Bolt but can't find one small enough. I was also thinking of a picture hanger thingamabob that has the plastic that expands when the screw is inserted. This would hold them closed.

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Old 05-06-2016, 06:41 AM   #2
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13 years and 160k miles later--just keep using slightly larger lag screws each time one falls out--simple,,,,
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Old 05-06-2016, 09:29 AM   #3
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I also drilled the hole longer and used longer screws to bite into additional sheet metal. You'll notice that the bottom of the compartment door is a hollow tube so screwing into the upper sheet metal can help.
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Old 05-06-2016, 10:37 AM   #4
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I had a repair shop cut a hole and install the same kind of latch that the other compartment doors have. Solved the problem, and allows me easier access when I want to get in there.
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Old 05-06-2016, 12:05 PM   #5
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I used a piece of wood for the screws to go into. You can hold the wood in place from underneath the coach while you screw the screws in. Been several years ago that I did that.
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Old 05-06-2016, 04:39 PM   #6
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Do you mean the exterior side panel that covers the black and grey tanks? If so a few years ago I drilled mine, tapped them and inserted a machine bolt, washer and lock washer, all stainless steel.
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I purchased another latch that matched the other latches cut a hole into the panel installed the latch and a couple of gas shocks. Now it opens and closes just like the rest of the bay doors. That solved any further problems and I can now access and store a few things like an extra length of sewer hose.
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Old 05-18-2016, 04:09 PM   #8
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I bought some aluniumum angle iron,used pop tivets to attach to door then used lag screws. by using 2" angle iron it fits snug under the railing and it goes the whole length of the door.
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