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Old 08-24-2015, 08:39 AM   #1
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DEQ slide warning

DW had s slight mishap with the front driver slide while setting up today. Seems a pot [cooking] had moved in the lower hutch which opened the door slightly while she was driving. When she extended the slide it caught the door and ripped it off. No real damage fortunately except for two new hinges and a few scrapes which we "stained away". The doors are hard to see since they are behind the slide when traveling. We're going to put baby locks on those and the washer/dryer doors to prevent this in the future. Just a "heads up".
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Old 08-24-2015, 09:01 AM   #2
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Learned the lesson the hard way as all our doors that have heavy items that can move behind them get baby locking devices through the handles. Would also suggest putting bungee cords through the drawers in the kitchen, or sooner or later, a sharp curve will drive a drawer into the frog leaving a dent (on some models such as the DEQ).

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Old 08-24-2015, 06:52 PM   #3
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Happened to us on the way to Tampa Supershow this past winter. Entegra replaced a drawer front for us. Learned a lesson about checking everything before moving the slides any direction.
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Old 08-24-2015, 09:06 PM   #4
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We have a strip of Velcro that we wrap around both handles of these doors prior to retracting the slides. That way when we are rolling down the road the doors can't open but when we are set up we don't have to mess with the baby locks every time we open the doors.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:33 PM   #5
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Agree on the use of velcro strips on cabinet door handles. Also, if kitchen and bathroom drawers are coming open during travel, put a small strip of velcro ( about 1/2 in by 2 in) under the back lip on the lower part of the drawer. Stick one part to the cabinet and the other to the back of the drawer. It will keep the drawer closed but will still be easy to open when pulled.
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Old 08-24-2015, 10:49 PM   #6
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All our cabinet doors have brass latches on them. Had one lose it's ball bearings so I got more from eBay for a couple bucks each. They are a problem to adjust though as I've got one that really opens or closes hard. Need to take the time to adjust the door correctly.
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I don't know if this helps. We had a 13 DEQ with the aforementioned doors where I had a couple close calls. I can see where stuff bumping against the doors on the road could lead to crunch. On several of my drawers (like the front drivers console) I added double magnetic catches. The double latches seem to hold well.
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All our cabinet doors have brass latches on them. Had one lose it's ball bearings so I got more from eBay for a couple bucks each. They are a problem to adjust though as I've got one that really opens or closes hard. Need to take the time to adjust the door correctly.

Mr D, you can buy cabinet hardware like this from Rockler Woodwork either on line or from one of their stores. I believe there are at least two in Metro Dallas.
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