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Old 08-06-2014, 06:01 PM   #1
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Keeping the cabinets closed

Last weekend got home to find several cabinets had opened spewing their contents across the floor. Had anyone experienced the same and come up with a solution?

1st image is the original catch
2nd and 3rd are a couple options to replace them with.

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Old 08-06-2014, 06:09 PM   #2
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We have always stored dry goods, such as canned goods, in a series of bins that we store in the pantry. I think this stops the shifting of objects that can force the doors open.

The only time the cabinets opened during travel was when we stored 2 litre bottles of Coke in the shallow cabinet beneath the fridge. Now, we store them in bins as well.

We also use bins in the overhead cabinets to keep mugs and glasses from tumbling about.

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Old 08-06-2014, 06:22 PM   #3
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If I am traveling a rough back road, I'll run re-usable zap straps through the handle on one drawer and then another, since they tend not to cooperate with one another.
And, I bungee the fridge door.
Re-usable zap straps are very useful around camp. I get them from Lee Valley Tools.
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I use those refrigerator bars in my cabinets, none have opened---
they come in various sizes/lengths, also good to use in the refer
http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_no...rigerator+bars
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I tried those fridge bars without success until I attached hard rubber bumpers ( the same little buttons that keep your stove cover from hitting the counter ).
I stuck one on each side of the cupboard and then I cut a cross-shaped slit in the plastic that covers the end of the fridge bar. The button snugs into the tube and that stopped them from sliding and popping off.
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Last weekend got home to find several cabinets had opened spewing their contents across the floor. Had anyone experienced the same and come up with a solution?

1st image is the original catch
2nd and 3rd are a couple options to replace them with.

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You can try holding the pinched point (behind the triangle the penetrates the rollers) with a needle nose pliers and tapping on the end of the triangle with a small hammer a bit to widen the latch width the rollers have to slip over. Doesn't take much to make the latch action stiffer.
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It appears these can be adjusted, a little. There is a slot in the screw so if you remove the male part and spread it a little to make a higher fit.
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Might I suggest you investigate Phlip-It latches. While a bit pricey at 2 for $10, I retrofitted my previously owned Scamp (total cost around $80) and they secured storage cabinets when travelling and simplified opening cabinets when on site. When not in the "lock" position, the need to tug to open the cabinet is entirely eliminated.
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Might I suggest you investigate Phlip-It latches. While a bit pricey at 2 for $10, I retrofitted my previously owned Scamp (total cost around $80) and they secured storage cabinets when travelling and simplified opening cabinets when on site. When not in the "lock" position, the need to tug to open the cabinet is entirely eliminated.
Wifey hates brass, and also ruled them ugly besides............LOL
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