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Old 05-19-2018, 03:57 PM   #1
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Door alignment problem

The door on my 2017 17b has started to stick - the lock assembly scraping on the strike. I was just going to take a hammer and drift pin and push the strike in a little so it doesnt scrape any more, but thought I would check to see if anyone else has encountered this problem. Is there a better way to adjust?
Maybe its a symptom of something more serious? (frame damage etc.)
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:24 PM   #2
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Am having a similar issue w screen door catching. Discussed w eti after sending pics & tightening all screws. Said it will take adjustment by rv tech. Waiting to hear if this is covered by warranty.
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Old 05-19-2018, 06:55 PM   #3
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Try slackening off the hinge screws and lifting the door. Then tighten the screws. If the screws don't tighten they may be stripped. They go into wood backing and other folks have had to put toothpick sized pieces and glue in the holes to make the screws hold the door firmly.

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Old 05-19-2018, 07:37 PM   #4
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Are 2017 17'ers new gen door or old?
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:02 PM   #5
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The door on my 2017 17b has started to stick - the lock assembly scraping on the strike. I was just going to take a hammer and drift pin and push the strike in a little so it doesnt scrape any more, but thought I would check to see if anyone else has encountered this problem. Is there a better way to adjust?
Maybe its a symptom of something more serious? (frame damage etc.)
Thoughts?
Thanks
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I'm not sure which door the 17 uses. If it's the flat door with the screen door as a part of it the striker plate was installed backwards in ours. It made the door difficult to close and almost impossible to open. It should be installed with the thin part to the rear. That probably is not your problem but figured I'd mention it just in case.
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Old 05-19-2018, 09:44 PM   #6
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I'm not sure which door the 17 uses. If it's the flat door with the screen door as a part of it the striker plate was installed backwards in ours. It made the door difficult to close and almost impossible to open. It should be installed with the thin part to the rear. That probably is not your problem but figured I'd mention it just in case.
I think all the 2nd gen trailers use the same flat door with integrated screen. Here’s a picture of a 17 from the ETI website.
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Old 05-20-2018, 10:52 AM   #7
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Stabilizer tightness affect door operation?

I find that sometimes our door seems to stick or not latch easily. This seems to happen when we are camping, not when connected to the truck. I was wondering if it may be caused by the frame flexing slightly if the stabilizers are not all cranked up to the same tightness? Has anyone found something similar?
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Old 05-20-2018, 11:01 AM   #8
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I find that sometimes our door seems to stick or not latch easily. This seems to happen when we are camping, not when connected to the truck. I was wondering if it may be caused by the frame flexing slightly if the stabilizers are not all cranked up to the same tightness? Has anyone found something similar?
Yes, My Lance trailer would have door issues if not properly cranked. Have not had it with the Escape, but I'm sure it is possible.
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Old 07-19-2018, 11:58 AM   #9
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Just ran into this discussion and I noticed our 2018 19 ft has this sticking issue with the lock assembly scraping on the strike as stated above. Seems to be worse in hot weather and hardly noticeable in cool weather. In fact, when we were in Lawrence Kansas it was very hot and we had to leave our KOA site and find a hotel since we could not even open the door. I think this might be caused by heat expansion but I'm not sure how to resolve this. Have not tried experimenting with the stabilizing jacks. Any opinions are welcome.
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Old 07-19-2018, 12:28 PM   #10
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Just ran into this discussion and I noticed our 2018 19 ft has this sticking issue with the lock assembly scraping on the strike as stated above. Seems to be worse in hot weather and hardly noticeable in cool weather. In fact, when we were in Lawrence Kansas it was very hot and we had to leave our KOA site and find a hotel since we could not even open the door. I think this might be caused by heat expansion but I'm not sure how to resolve this. Have not tried experimenting with the stabilizing jacks. Any opinions are welcome.



Looking in the door frame at the striker is the wider part to the outside as it is supposed to be? Ours had the narrow part out and after a few miles when it wore a groove in the latch it made it real hard to open. We were pushing in on the door as we pulled the handle as recommended. I was the only one who could open it after we stopped traveling, Karen could not do it. Oddly after the initial door opening as long as the trailer did not go on the highway the door was easy to open.
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