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Old 07-31-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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hatch latch

Imagine my surprise when the latch for the hatch just fell off all by itself when it wasn't even holding up the hatch. Good thing it happened in my driveway while I was by the trailer than on the highway.

I was a little surprised to see that it had only been installed with double backed tape despite there being the provision for using screws.

You can see in the photo how road dust works its way in and destroys the effectiveness of the adhesive. Two screws later and it won't fall off again. There is wood behind this area so no worries about protruding screws etc. in the compartment.

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Old 07-31-2016, 05:32 PM   #2
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I had my new-to-me 2010 17B up at the factory in November for some work. The cargo latch was one of a few things that I thought was fine but they fixed at no charge by prophylactically adding two screws. So they must have seen a few where the double sided tape hasn't stood the test of time.
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Old 07-31-2016, 05:43 PM   #3
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I'll be danged! Exact same thing happened to me. Instead of taking action think I saved the part someplace in the trailer and forgot about it. Hope I can find the thing.
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Old 07-31-2016, 06:14 PM   #4
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Two screws later and it won't fall off again. There is wood behind this area so no worries about protruding screws etc. in the compartment.
Two screws with butyl or two screws and caulk? Surely not just two screws...
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Old 07-31-2016, 06:21 PM   #5
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Couldn't VHB be used?
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I'm thinking two " long wood screws are all that's needed. No tape can compete with mechanical holding power.
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I thought everyone complained loudly if there were more holes than absolutely necessary in the shell??
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I'm thinking two -inch long wood screws are all that's needed. Pre-drilled, of course. No tape beats mechanical holding power. The failed vhb still there should act as a caulk against water.

True, I did just fine for over a year or more without needing some way to keep the lid latched up.
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Two screws with butyl or two screws and caulk? Surely not just two screws...
Two screws and silicone.

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I thought everyone complained loudly if there were more holes than absolutely necessary in the shell??
None of these have fallen off of Ten Forward. But yeah, if/when any do, I'll reinstall with VHB.
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