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Old 07-31-2015, 05:59 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by rbryan4 View Post
A good periodic wiping with 303 will prevent the yellowing and deterioration. Of course, too late if it's broken.
I agree it's good stuff we've used it for years.
Like they say in the commercial "I put that **** on everything"

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Old 07-31-2015, 06:57 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by rvomaha View Post
Thanks to you all for the quick and thoughtful responses. We were inspired by certain posts to go to Menards and look around. We came home with clear plastic tubing, 5/16" inside diameter which is exactly the diameter of the broken plastic rod. We cut a length of tubing and forced it onto each of the rod pieces. It is a very tight fit inside the plastic tubing. Didn't use glue even. It seems like it may work just fine and the door holder is working once again with this nearly invisible, quick fix.
Well done It'll probably last longer than the original one.


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Old 07-31-2015, 07:36 PM   #23
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Oh my stars, I'm sorry for posting about the screen door when you meant the main door catch.

At anyrate, most RV manufacturers went to the plastic door catch, because the usual stuff was made out of mild steel... which rusts. No one wants rust stains running down their gelcoat.

However, if you need to replace the catch, perhaps you would want something in stainless steel... THAT doesn't make it rust free... just less likely to send stains down the side of the trailer. It's still a maintenance issue.. pay attention: RV Designer Collection E224 4 Inch Stainless Steel "T" Self Closing Entry Door Holder: Automotive


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