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Old 01-22-2022, 06:02 PM   #1
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Entrance door latch adjustment

Hi to all Monaco / Holiday Rambler owners, I have read a lot of posts on the door latch adjustment. However my issue is with the end cap screws. What has anybody done if you canít get the screws out, Iíve lubed them, used a impact drivers (drill and hammer) styles, and the tips are breaking. Iím almost ready to drill out each one but not ready to take on the project right now. I have thought about drilling small access holes if I can find the right spot to reach the adjustment rod, so Iím reaching out to anyone that might have any ideas that I havenít triedÖ thank you in advance.. 2013 Holiday Rambler 36DP..
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Old 01-26-2022, 11:19 AM   #2
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Penetrating oil applied every day over many day.

Use a heavy duty screwdriver that fits the screw solidly. Hit the screwdriver with a hammer every day too. I know a hammer drill does the same but as you mention will tear the heads off and the you have to drill the screws out. Or install new ones close by if possible. Pounding the screw every day might break the rust loose enough for the penetrating oil to resolve the issue. Always try to tighten screw like that just a tiny bit before removing it. That trick seems to really help.
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Old 01-26-2022, 08:24 PM   #3
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Old 01-27-2022, 07:40 AM   #4
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Here are some files to help adjust the door

Door adjustment.pdf

door adjustment2.pdf

door bushing replacement.pdf

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Old 01-27-2022, 08:48 AM   #5
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If you are pulling the outside handle all the way to the left, maybe multiple times to open the door then one of the latches is not synced with the other. You can check this by opening the door and flipping each door latch by hand to the closed position, with the door open slowly operate the outside handle. Both latches should open at exactly the same time. If one opens later than the other that latch needs adjusting. Usually it is the bottom one that causes the most trouble. You can do this check before you take the door apart. Once you determine which latch is off then remove the frame of the door (and you don't have to remove the window screws or the whole frame) to fix this. I removed the dead bolt, the screen door catch, and enough screws from the frame to pull the cover off the door to allow me to get to the bottom latch rod. I used a stubby 7/16 wrench and turned the rod adjustment screw a half turn at a time until the latches synced byack up. When you put the door back together make sure if you removed the dead bolt to re-install it with it closed, not in the locked position, or the screw holes will not match up correctly.
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I agree with heat but it might be hard to do. A good old fashioned pistol grip soldering gun would let you put it on the head of the screw. A tiny torch might work if incredibly careful.

Heat and penetrating oil. Be patient and do this over a few days as suggested.
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