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Old 07-05-2022, 07:49 PM   #1
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Drawers slide open during travel

The kitchen drawers in our '22 Jayco Precept 31UL have a tendency to slide open when turning (it's not a speed or swerve issue, as I don't go barreling around curves -- I'm a cautious driver.) It doesn't always happen, but when it does, it's typically the drawers with the heavier items, such as silverware and the pots and pans, as you might expect.

Anybody have a solution? Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-05-2022, 08:17 PM   #2
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There should be snap catches on the drawers to prevent this. I know all the drawers on my Phaeton have them. https://www.amazon.com/Cabinet-Drawe...a-823201079733
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If your drawers don't have catches on them, get some of these RV drawer grabber catches and add them to the back of the drawers. There are different pull strengths available, so decide which you need. Super heavy drawers may require two of them.
https://www.amazon.com/Grabber-Catch.../dp/B082HNZTGY
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Old 07-06-2022, 06:37 AM   #4
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Thank you

Thank you, LT Dan and IIIKROB -- I've ordered a set of these latches and will give them a try.
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I have started using this type and no more breakage or drawers coming open.Click image for larger version

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I use the catches Lt Dan posted as well as magnet ones where they worked better. And even velcro on the small drawers above the kitchen counter.


Used these on the entry step drawer:
https://www.amazon.com/stores/LOVIMA...7?ref_=ast_bln

Used these on the refrig doors:
https://www.amazon.com/JQK-Magnetic-..._dp&th=1&psc=1



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The kitchen drawers in our '22 Jayco Precept 31UL have a tendency to slide open when turning (it's not a speed or swerve issue, as I don't go barreling around curves -- I'm a cautious driver.) It doesn't always happen, but when it does, it's typically the drawers with the heavier items, such as silverware and the pots and pans, as you might expect.

Anybody have a solution? Thanks in advance.
Our coach also uses the latches pictured above. You should know that when installing them, you must get them lined up correctly, or you'll break them. In the photo below, I circled the spring-loaded part that retracts and pulls the "L" shaped arm into the locked position. The circled part can be accidentally knocked into the close position. If it's in the closed position and you close the door or drawer where it's installed, that retractable part will break off. When you get the ones you ordered, play with them and see how they operate. You'll understand what I'm saying.

If they don't want to close or operate properly, make sure the retractable latch is not in the closed position, especially during installation.


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Our coach also uses the latches pictured above. You should know that when installing them, you must get them lined up correctly, or you'll break them. In the photo below, I circled the spring-loaded part that retracts and pulls the "L" shaped arm into the locked position. The circled part can be accidentally knocked into the close position. If it's in the closed position and you close the door or drawer where it's installed, that retractable part will break off. When you get the ones you ordered, play with them and see how they operate. You'll understand what I'm saying.



If they don't want to close or operate properly, make sure the retractable latch is not in the closed position, especially during installation.



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Yes. I would add that they are more reliable when closed with authority every time. I’ve somehow managed to get the mechanisms to close without the drawer being pushed all the way in and then had to pry the catch out so the drawer would close the next time without damaging the catch. I keep spares on hand.
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Old 07-06-2022, 07:41 PM   #9
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Look at the drawers when closed. If the top is touching the face frame and the bottom is not, it's probably drooping from the rear of the drawer slide twisting.

On mine, they installed 1 screw back there and the slide would twist, dropping the back of the drawer, and that cause the latch that holds it closed to let go.

I removed the drawers by unlocking the slide locks by lifting one of the small latches and pushing down on the other. Then the drawer can be pulled all the way out.

I added a second screw to the rear of the slide so it didn't twist and all none of the drawers open on turns anymore.
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I gave up on those plastic latches and changed over to metal ones. But for the really large heavy drawers, I made up snap straps to use down the road.
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We had the same problem...and installed child protective latches. Work great.
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