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Old 04-10-2022, 01:39 PM   #15
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Yep, I use the zip tie method now for 5 years - seems like I have replaced it about 3 times. In windy conditions I end up putting a longer bungee cord around the door handle and stretch it and wrap around the mirror base.
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Old 04-10-2022, 01:57 PM   #16
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Just looked at the prices....they have doubled in the past couple of years. There are a couple of maintenance tips to keep it lasting longer. Keep the locking tab sprayed with silicone spay. Once it dries out, the locking tab start opening and it no longer will be locking, also spray the rivet joint where the bar bents to close. Do not let the wind catch the door and slam it open, that loosen the large rivet.

Once the bar starts to wear or has been bent out, the bar can be remove, put in a vice then with a large hammer beat the locking tab back into position that has been bent or worn. If the rivet is loose, it can also be hit hard to put it back in shape. A fresh coat of spay paint and $120. saved. Just a few years that bar was $65 and I thought that was nut for what it is....I will really pay attention to to keeping mine sprayed with silicone now and often.

For a field repair if it stops locking, put a zip tie around the door pin where the bar locks onto. I know a few that that has been their permit fix. A package of 100 zip ties are $1.99 at Harbor Freight, vs $119.95 for a new latching bar.
Learned those tips on the TS that I owned for 11 years that still had the original door bar. I think they were $24.95 back then.

I looked them up last night and was a little disappointed at the cost. I got the TIG welder out and put a couple beads on the latch and filed down until it was smooth. It seems to be working, but added a bunch of Tie-wraps to the junk drawer.

thanks for the info!
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Old 04-10-2022, 02:12 PM   #17
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Yep, I use the zip tie method now for 5 years - seems like I have replaced it about 3 times. In windy conditions I end up putting a longer bungee cord around the door handle and stretch it and wrap around the mirror base.
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Another one for the "forever" fix. It beats the price they are getting to replace it. The "fixes" over the years have saved me as well.
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If it is not on your coach, that is why you door won’t stay open. It screws into the top of your door and the upper door frame.
Oh yes, now I see it

I had to get to the coach to check it out.

Yes, ours definitely needs to be replaced. If you sneeze on the door it slams open or closed.
We are heading to NIRVC for an oil change and a few other small things, I should probably add this to the list.

If anyone can think of any other suggestions for maintenance while she she is up there, please let me know.

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We've replaced ours three times in eight years. They do wear out.
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