Thanks guys. Here's a reprint of a previous post.
Forgive "novel length" post. But figured detail would help fellow RVrs build their own.
RV Fridge Lock Parts List:
3M VHB Adhesive Tape
Stainless Steel Taper Head Screw (1/2” long 6mm-1.00 thread)
Stainless Steel Fender Washer (1 1/2” OD)
Stainless Steel Hexagonal Threaded Standoff/coupling nut/”Rod Nut” (M6 X 1-pitch, 30mm length)
Stainless Steel 6mm-1.00 thread nut (jam nut)
“Quick Latch” Quick Release Latch (make sure to order with stud long enough to extend 3/4” past front surface of doors, I used 4”)
Shepherd Hardware 3” Round Carpet Base Furniture Cup
How to Assemble:
Mount furniture cup to latch:
- Adjust latch mounting nut flush with latching surface then clean and apply 3M tape, leaving hole in tape slightly larger than stud ball end.
– Drill hole in furniture cup slightly larger than stud ball end.
– Peel tape backing and attach latch to furniture cup making sure it’s centered. Attaching latch to stud and lowering cup over stud helps here.
Note: You can use adhesive tape primer if desired. I didn’t, just cleaned well finishing with alcohol and have had no issue with tape loosening.
Latch stud portion assembly:
- Enlarge hole in fender washer so head of taper screw is flush, or very close, with washer surface. You have the thickness of the tape as additional margin.
- Install taper head screw through fender washer into rod nut and tighten.
- Cut tape and cover rear side of washer (2 half-moon pieces unless you splurge for 3M tape wide as the washer). Unless screw head is perfectly flush with washer surface, do not cover head of screw with tape.
- Mount stud so it’s centered in the gaps between upper doors and lower drawer.
- Thread jam nut onto latch stud then screw stud into rod nut til it bottoms out on taper head screw.
- Close doors and click on latch/cup assembly. Measure gap between cup carpet side and door surface then cut stud to length accordingly. You will adjust stud in and out of the rod nut to get just the right pressure of the carpet against the doors. Doesn’t have to be super tight, just snug. Once adjusted, tighten jam nut down against rod nut.
That’s it … try it out!
The first time you click the latch on and off a few times, I dare you to not say “Oh. My. Gosh!”
P.S. - I didn’t provide links to any of the parts because I like to support hometown merchants whenever possible and I hope you do too. Plus, gathering the pieces in the store and fitting them together as you go ensures you have the right parts. With the exception of the quick release latch, you should be able to source everything at your local hardware store. Google "quick release latch" to find it online.
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