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Old 04-18-2017, 07:29 PM   #1
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I'm beginning to wonder what the life expectancy of the fridge latch will be on our 2017 19.
It's a piece of plastic that catches another little raised piece of plastic in the door frame. I looked to see if I can fix it if it fails and apparently all I could do is buy a door reversing kit.
So am I wrong in wondering or have they finally created plastic that never gets fatigue.
I know our previous trailers door fell off and cost way more to fix than I expected and that was plastic too.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:17 PM   #2
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I'm beginning to wonder what the life expectancy of the fridge latch will be on our 2017 19.
It's a piece of plastic that catches another little raised piece of plastic in the door frame. I looked to see if I can fix it if it fails and apparently all I could do is buy a door reversing kit.
So am I wrong in wondering or have they finally created plastic that never gets fatigue.
I know our previous trailers door fell off and cost way more to fix than I expected and that was plastic too.
Hi: wetzk... Our 5 cu. ft. fridge door latch broke while in transit. I was able to get one at CW in Myrtle Beach SC. on a long holiday weekend. The plastic was fine but the paper clip like spring just failed. Had to buy the whole handle to get the spring clip!!! $35. USD but who's gonna argue!!! Alf
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:22 PM   #3
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Looks similar to my latch. I run a couple bungee cords to help the door stay closed. Not sure if that would help, but my latch is still fine after eight years on washboard and pothole travel.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:25 PM   #4
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Not too big of a deal. Not too expensive and easy to change out. I was considering taking along a spare, though I bet they last longer than expected. Only time will tell. It would be nice if it was made tougher, not much different than most appliances and parts made for RVs.

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Old 04-18-2017, 08:27 PM   #5
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Looks similar to my latch. I run a couple bungee cords to help the door stay closed. Not sure if that would help, but my latch is still fine after eight years on washboard and pothole travel.
They are quite different actually. With the old ones there always seemed to be a chance they might let go, though the only time we had trouble was when the hinge pin on the catch fell out. Once I permanently fixed it, is was fine. I much prefer the way the new ones latch as it seems more secure, and doubt they would ever release without breaking, and being plastic, that chance is increased.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:35 PM   #6
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I don't know about the latch. The one in Ten Forward is still okay (knock wood), but Dometic hinges that fail seems to be common enough that Larry Gamble (Little House Customs) has manufactured a hinge repair kit. And I know one 17' Escape owner that had to have the entire door replaced due to failing hinges. Keep an eye out for problems.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:36 PM   #7
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Unfortunately it's not the same part. Here is the new latch. We looked it over and it appears to be part of the door.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:38 PM   #8
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I push it in when closing and opening so that it does not click, makes me feel better.
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Old 04-18-2017, 08:46 PM   #9
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There are numbers on it but they do not reference to anything. 303 26 56 & 10-220-24PO
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I push it in when closing and opening so that it does not click, makes me feel better.
We do to but mainly because that is a loud click!!!
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