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Old 05-14-2021, 09:45 AM   #1
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Bolt on Entrance Door is rattling.

The bolt on our entrance door is rattling. I wanted to tighten it, but it doesn’t turn. So I thought I should remove the whole plate with the bolt, but it doesn’t come off. Does anyone know what I can do to fix it?
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Old 05-14-2021, 10:34 AM   #2
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That's not a bolt. It's the device the door latch secures to. If the plate behind it is tight then the door isn't closing tight to the frame. Perhaps it needs to be adjusted inward to allow the door to fit tight to the body.
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Old 05-14-2021, 10:37 AM   #3
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The door latch striker bolt , may be very tight , so use a six point socket or box end wrench , to loosen it from the nut plate that floats in the door frame .

EDIT: I should add that the door latch has a safety mechanism , there are two positions , fully latched and partially latched ( ajar) , if moving the striker bolt inward doesn't tighten the door up , then you might be trying to adjust for the, ajar position , and run out of adjustment . So moving the striker outwards, maybe required . Mark the start position of the washer with a pencil before you start.
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:03 AM   #4
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On both our Newmar's we had this problem. I had it adjusted many times and i tried myself many times with no luck. Door locks completely but the rattle and metal on metal chatter was crazy. Now I put a wrap on black elec tape on the door every so often an the noise is gone. I heard that Winagego came out with the bolt and a teflon sleeve that stops the rattle but no luck getting any info on this. Lucky for me I have lots of elec tape and it works and wife is happy.
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Old 05-14-2021, 11:37 AM   #5
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We also have a Newmar Dutch Star.
I have tried a six point socket or box end wrench, but it doesn't move.
The striker bolt itself is a little loose.
The door is perfectly adjusted.

Does anyone have a picture how the bolt looks behind the plate?
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Pretty sure there is a floating plate with threads behind there. Maybe you can bend a spray can straw to hit the threads with some WD40 through the dead bolt hole. WD40 is not the best penetrant but it doesn't smell as bad as better ones like Kroil .
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Old 05-15-2021, 06:44 PM   #7
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I'd bet dimes to donuts that striker will loosen. Are you going to do it with a wrench, probably not. You will need a six point socket and an 18" to 24" breaker bar. If you have an air impact gun that may help, they are very tight for a reason. They may have red loctite on them so a little heat may help. Hopefully someone with more knowledge than I have will come along and know exactly what to do. Good luck.
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