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Old 12-03-2022, 07:58 PM   #1
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New Member With 2009 HR Questions

I recently retired and purchased a 2009 Holiday Rambler Navigator Brookstone 650hp and I am looking forward to traveling through Canada and the USA in the near future. I am looking for information that I can't find anywhere and figured that this would be a great place to connect to fellow RVers and hopefully get help with problems and I am looking for any advice that this fantastic forum can help me with. My first of many questions is the entry door strike jamb has the 2 posts that the door will latch to secure the closed door. My problem is that the top locking mechanism is missing and the top of the door rattles when driving down the road. Does anyone know what this mechanism is called an or part number and where I can get it. Plus the Rambler book says that the door has an air bladder that inflates when the coach hits 2nd gear. Is there a way to test the bladder? I see that the bladder has a small tear in it. Can it be repaired or does it need to be replaced? Thank you very much in advance.
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Old 12-04-2022, 10:06 AM   #2
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Those bladders are hard to find and very expensive. I fixed mine with black silicone. Works well. Difficult to test. One person hooked up an air gauge behind the firewall and taped it to the windshield! Has to be running and in gear. I think you have to reach a certain speed on some units. If you extend the genset the tubing that leads to the door seal is visible.
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Old 12-05-2022, 05:28 AM   #3
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On our 2007 Nav, the air bladder inflates when the transmission is put in Drive.
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Old 12-05-2022, 04:35 PM   #4
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Hi PeteMagoni; I see others here have responded on the air bladder for your door, but not the latch question. Im sorry, but have to ask, the complete latch assembly is missing for the top latch in the door??? Never have ever heard of someone with that problem! I guess the latch could break, the locking jaws or spring in the assembly, but why did the previous owner not get it fixed? You might have to try some salvage yards as Monaco build their own doors along with HR. I am sure there is a name on the latch, but you would have to tear the door apart to check the lower latch that is still there. Of places that carry a lot of Monaco and HR stuff you might try Northwest RV Supply in Eugene Oregon. They have lots of stuff and if not might be able to point you in the right direction. I guess a call to Monaco parts could be in the cards. I have not been in a newer HR or Monaco product for quite a while and do not know if they are using the same door latch assemblies, but a call will answer that question.

Hope this get you going and if you find that latch post back here so inquiring minds will know. Good luck!
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Old 12-05-2022, 05:08 PM   #5
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Wow, a 2009 Navigator is a very nice coach. That is basically the last regular production year for the big Monaco coaches.
Could the upper door latch assembly be laying loose somewhere inside the door?
Monaco manufactured their own doors from readily available parts. I would also recommend checking with Northwest RV Supply.
If they can't help you, check with the guys at Source Engineering. The guys there worked at the original Monaco factory and have a wealth of knowledge.

You should do some research in the "Power Train Garage" Cummins section of this forum on the 650hp Cummins ISX.

Also do a little research on the Kongsberg chassis multiplex system so you know what you are dealing with.

Good luck!
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Old 12-05-2022, 09:01 PM   #6
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This glue is only one certified by FAA to repair deicing bladders and DOD for carbon fiber drones. I recommend a small roll of tubing that fits in CA bottles nozzle for precise application and or into liquid level so you don't have to invert the bottle. You can find. the snap on micro applicators too.
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Old 12-06-2022, 05:31 AM   #8
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You might try Veurinks RV. They purchased the Monaco parts supply when they went out of business.
Here is a link to a video on Youtube for door adjustment. It shows how to get the door apart to access the lock mechanism and how to adjust the door.
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Old 12-21-2022, 09:29 AM   #9
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Is the mechanism missing you mention on the door or is it the striker pin attached to the body? The pin, latch, handle are all GM parts. The striker pin can be found in a junk yard on older 1970’s GM cars. I had a problem with my door on my 2004 HR Neptune, many times I had to tackle it to open it. Spent 4 hours taking the door apart and re-adjusting the connecting hardware, works perfectly and smoothly now. While apart, took the door skin and repainted it with a $8 can of interior matching paint from a professional automotive paint supply shop and now it looks brand new.

The video in post #8 is good, except I can’t understand why he left the screen door latched to the door while repairing it. The hard part was pulling the skin from the bottom of the door, had rust in there welding it in. Then the tiny adjustment nut on the long rod is a bit of a pain to turn but it can be done. Just remember to leave a big window open just in case you don’t get the adjustment right on the first try.
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Old 12-21-2022, 10:23 AM   #10
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I don' think an 09 has the same door mechanism as a gm vehicle. At one time Monaco made doors. They also bought doors. The pins on my 08 Dynasty are floating. The door handle is an rv item. The latches may very well be from a gm vehicle. Trimark may have the exterior handle
There are websites with pictures that compare the various entry handles.
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