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Old 04-19-2017, 09:58 PM   #1
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Very difficult to open door

We're​ seem to have a problem that I have not seen on here.
After the trailer is towed the door takes an extreme amount of force to open. Karen is unable to open it.
After the initial door opening it is much easier to open. This started after about 500 miles of travel. The striker is out as far as it can go and I do not see anything obvious in the latch mechanism. I've lubed it which did make the door open smoother after the first opening.
I can visually see the lock is not in the way so that is not hanging up.
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:19 PM   #2
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Is this strictly with the locking/latch mechanism or has the door shifted or not seated properly?
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Old 04-19-2017, 10:36 PM   #3
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Karen, Is that happening while the trailer is "free standing" or after you've set it up for camp. We've not had that problem with our new 21', but I used to run into something like that when I tried to take shortcuts setting up our EggCamper using corner stabilizers to level it and would end up torquing the frame a bit. Remove the stabilizers and level it the old-fashioned way, and the door would open fine again. Just a thought....
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Old 04-20-2017, 05:55 AM   #4
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We're​ seem to have a problem that I have not seen on here.
After the trailer is towed the door takes an extreme amount of force to open. Karen is unable to open it.
After the initial door opening it is much easier to open. This started after about 500 miles of travel. The striker is out as far as it can go and I do not see anything obvious in the latch mechanism. I've lubed it which did make the door open smoother after the first opening.
I can visually see the lock is not in the way so that is not hanging up.
Hi, I just noticed you are from Venice Florida, we were just got home from there. We have a home in North Englewood just a couple of intersections down from Jacaranda. It would be nice to meet up with y'all sometime.
Nancy and Walter
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:26 AM   #5
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Karen, Is that happening while the trailer is "free standing" or after you've set it up for camp. We've not had that problem with our new 21', but I used to run into something like that when I tried to take shortcuts setting up our EggCamper using corner stabilizers to level it and would end up torquing the frame a bit. Remove the stabilizers and level it the old-fashioned way, and the door would open fine again. Just a thought....
It happens after we stop and have not done anything other than open the door. When it first happened we thought something was wrong with the lock and stood there trying to unlock it. When we get home we are going to remove the mechanism and see if we can find anything obvious that is wrong. I looked it over and do not see any rough surfaces that could hang up but maybe there is one hidden.
It just seems odd that moving the trailer would affect the latch.
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:31 AM   #6
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Hi, I just noticed you are from Venice Florida, we were just got home from there. We have a home in North Englewood just a couple of intersections down from Jacaranda. It would be nice to meet up with y'all sometime.
Nancy and Walter
And we are in Longview Tx at the moment and about to head for Alabama.
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Old 04-20-2017, 06:55 AM   #7
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Ours does that too. Push the door IN while opening the latch. Hope that solves it for you too.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:19 AM   #8
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Ours does that too. Push the door IN while opening the latch. Hope that solves it for you too.
And after a while, it should get a bit easier.
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Old 04-20-2017, 07:50 AM   #9
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Same here, tight also, Push the door IN while opening the latch until it breaks in some day.
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Old 04-20-2017, 08:45 AM   #10
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Ditto

We've had the same problem. I push into the door with my knee and then the latch releases as I pull it open. It won't open otherwise.

On one occasion, we thought we had securely shut the door... but then we took off only to see it swinging in the breeze! Luckily some friendly drivers honked at us and we were able to pull over and shut the door before anything fell out .
It just seems to be a finicky latch.
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