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Old 10-20-2020, 08:15 PM   #1
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Cargo Door hinge

Our 2008 Monaco Knight 40DFT has two cargo doors that are sprung on the curbside (the two front ones). The hinges are 26 inch piano hinges. I couldn't find any mention of a hinge replacement / repair for this on IRV2. It doesn't seem that difficult, but clearly time consuming. The shop estimates 5.6 - 8 hours total for the two (total time). But they can only get one hinge. Has anyone done this type of repair themselves? Does anyone know of an RV or a non-RV source for a hinge like this? I am checking with Guden hinges in NY.
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Old 10-20-2020, 08:22 PM   #2
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Most hardware stores should have or can get stainless steel piano hinges.
Usually came in 3-4 ft lengths and you cut to suit.
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Old 10-21-2020, 07:36 AM   #3
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Has anyone out there attempted this type of repair themselves? The door latch becomes the other issue after the hinge is replaced. At $125 per hinge and $500 labor per door, it's very tempting to try...
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Old 10-21-2020, 08:05 AM   #4
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My hinges are at the top of the doors so different attaching method but not rocket science. My wife damaged 3 doors while pulling out from a filling station, smashed the top hinges flat as a pancake and I had to replace both pieces. I had to buy the male/female portions to fix and then repair the doors and repaint the whole area. I had $650 in the whole repar doing it myself. A shop would have charged $$$$$$.



Measure the width and the thickness of the hinge. Get the same size and cut to length.
Alignment will be important so that the latch will line up when you are done. What I would do is scribe when the hinge is mounted on the coach for future reference then remove the door and hinge. You might be able to use tape to define the location and remove when you are done. Do the same thing on the door, scribe (or tape) the location of the hinge on the door. Remove the old hinge and align the new hinge making sure it is located in the same location. You might get lucky and a couple of the hinge holes may line up, if not you'll have to drill.

The hinges may be riveted on, if so you can simply drill out the old rivet.

As long as you get the hinge locations in the same location the doors should align.
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Old 10-21-2020, 09:10 PM   #5
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I ordered what is supposed to be the original hinge today. I'm going to give it a try. It's worth $80 (incl shipping) for the hinge. If I succeed on the one door and get the latch loop adjusted back into spec, it may solve the problem on the 2nd door. Scribing / taping is a really good tip. When I get the MH out of it's latest round of non-DIY repairs, I'll know whether or not I'm dealing with screws or rivets, but memory says screws. Hoping this goes well. I will post progress (thinking positive!).
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