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Old 07-31-2015, 02:32 PM   #1
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plastic door holder snapped

Don't know why, but our T-style plastic door holder snapped in half through the middle of the rod portion. The part mounted on the trailer, which still holds the upper half of the broken rod, is attached with rivets. Replacement parts are available locally but we haven't come up with any ideas of how to accomplish the repair. We don't want to drill out the rivets and be left with no good way to attach a new part to the trailer body. Although we saved the broken-off part, the prospects for mending a plastic rod with glue are not promising. Anybody out there have other ideas or experience?
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:41 PM   #2
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You could try calling ETI and seeing if they'll send you 4 replacement rivets. You could then measure the rivet body and drill them out. Buy a new door holder, or 2, and replace it. When I did it on a non Escape I used butyl tape between it and the trailer body which is how Starcraft had done it originally. I don't recall seeing the tape on the Escape but I can't see the trailer from here.

http://www.amazon.com/Camper-Door-Ho.../dp/B00CJ0KS88

I've seen metal ones too.
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A Vista Plus Screen door? Maybe this manual in the files will give you some assistance: Escape Trailer Owners Community - Downloads - Vista Plus Screen Door
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:16 PM   #4
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You could try calling ETI and seeing if they'll send you 4 replacement rivets. You could then measure the rivet body and drill them out. Buy a new door holder, or 2, and replace it. When I did it on a non Escape I used butyl tape between it and the trailer body which is how Starcraft had done it originally. I don't recall seeing the tape on the Escape but I can't see the trailer from here.

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I've seen metal ones too.

Ditto. I looked at mine and it appears to be the same sealant used over the windows etc. So installing the new one wouldn't require butyl tape.

If ETI sends you new rivets or tells you the size, great, drill them out. If you can't get an answer and want to get the repair done simply drill them out with an 1/8" drill bit. If that doesn't release the heads then go to 5/32". The largest they could be is 3/16".

I didn't do any measuring but they're about the height of the seat inside. If they're lower then drill to your hearts content. If they're higher mark the drill bit with tape so you don't accidentally drill through the inside liner.

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Old 07-31-2015, 03:25 PM   #5
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Could take a piece of plastic rod and drill a hole down the center, then paint the broken ends with clear ABS/PVC pipe glue and stick them in each end. Want me to see if I have a piece of scrap around?
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:54 PM   #6
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Ours has started to yellow, indicating age and possible future breakage. I would be tempted to replace with a metal one if having to rivet it so I would only do this ONCE. Casitas have a metal one. If not that I thought about using rivnuts so I could use small bolts in case I had to do it again.
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Old 07-31-2015, 03:56 PM   #7
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plastic door holder snapped

A good periodic wiping with 303 will prevent the yellowing and deterioration. Of course, too late if it's broken.
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A good periodic wiping with 303 will prevent the yellowing and deterioration. Of course, too late if it's broken.
what's 303?
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what's 303?

Aerospace protectant. Developed originally for the aviation industry. They like to say it's "spf40 for your stuff".

I've used it for many years. Good stuff.

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Old 07-31-2015, 04:21 PM   #10
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ETI used to put a clamp-type holder on the trailers to keep that T-bar up against the side of the trailer when not in use. I noticed I didn't get one this time around around on the 19. Another cheap plastic part that's bound to break eventually is the holder for the small outside access doors. When mine go I'll replace with the metal versions.
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