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Old 08-02-2009, 01:22 PM   #1
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Adjusting entry door strike bolts

Has anyone had to adjust the strike bolts?? I need to but so far unable to loosen the strike bolts. The whole strike bolt assembly will turn a little as I try to loosen. Any one have any thoughts? I have sprayed some lube on but no help. Is there a trick?? I dont care to put my weight into the bolts for fear of not so good results.

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Old 08-02-2009, 03:38 PM   #2
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Ed, The bolts on ours takes a 8mm Allen wrench. Most likely it's the same for yours. I understand that Monaco used to give a eight hour class to there techs on how to adjust the entry doors. Most likely the assembly tech that in stalled ours missed the class. Here are pictures of the strikers that I modified.

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Old 08-02-2009, 05:46 PM   #3
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Ed S....This might be of some help. Adjusting entrance door.doc

handle adjustment.pdf.

One other note....When my door becomes hard to open it needs lubing. I spray lubricant into every latch, handle and lock hole. I really go crazy with the lube until fluid is dripping down the plastic door cover. I wipe it up and the door opens easy for another year. I also tighten every screw around the door and frame once a year to keep rattles down.
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Old 08-02-2009, 06:36 PM   #4
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Has anyone had to adjust the strike bolts?? I need to but so far unable to loosen the strike bolts. The whole strike bolt assembly will turn a little as I try to loosen. Any one have any thoughts? I have sprayed some lube on but no help. Is there a trick?? I dont care to put my weight into the bolts for fear of not so good results.

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These strike bolts are supposed to float. If you can't make them move back and force slightly then you need to lube them until they float.

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Mine are adjustable with a 5/8 scocket. The manual says to use a 5/8 to adjust in and out out.

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Drifter....What advantage did milling off the ends do for the door adjustment/closure. I know it would certainly help me from hanging in the air from the post after my shorts caught on it for the 10th time
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These strike bolts are supposed to float. If you can't make them move back and force slightly then you need to lube them until they float.

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Actually, I meant move up and down. The studs should float up and down to allow the door to close without interfernence but not in or out so the door will close tight.

Make sure your screen door is adjusted correctly. We had a noise sometimes from the door while traveling down the road. It turned out to be the screen door rubbing against the door.

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Don, I had the same thing happen as you, My cargo shorts got hooked on the striker and I almost went head first into the front wheel hub cap with my face. Granted the smash in the face may have helped my looks, but I knew it would hurt.
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This thread is one of the many reasons why I so much enjoy the IRV2 forum and especially the Monaco Owners forum.

Came home the other night and the front door to the coach wouldn't open. As luck would have it our 10 year old grandson was spending the week with us and so he climbed through the window and opened the door from the inside.

The next morning I searched the forum for help and found this thread. By following the two links posted by Diplomat Don in the third post of the thread I was able to determine the cause was the the floating, or rather non-floating bolts in the door frame. After loosening them, which took as much will power as muscle since one was really hard to break loose, then spraying everything with silicone, we now have an outside door latch that works and sounds just like new.

So my hat is off to all the members of this forum who so freely share their knowledge making it easy for someone else to solve the same problem.
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Still have to get mine to break loose

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