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Old 09-27-2016, 05:01 PM   #1
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What does this do?

This is probably a stupid question, but what does this thing do? I saw it on the 2017 17b display model.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:02 PM   #2
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Holds the hatch door open.
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Holds the hatch door open.


Ah, makes sense. Thanks!
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This is probably a stupid question, but what does this thing do? I saw it on the 2017 17b display model.
It does hold the hatch open. Ours has a spring on it so that it would not stay open by itself as in your picture. As soon as you pull it away from the wall and let it go, it will snap back into place.
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:37 PM   #5
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Mine came off after 2 years, VHB tape is used....
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:38 PM   #6
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Mine was held on by adhesive, I see they are using screws there.

Had to fix it on my trailer already, thanks to one of the kids wanting to test how strong the latch was.
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Ours has a spring on it so that it would not stay open by itself as in your picture. As soon as you pull it away from the wall and let it go, it will snap back into place.
The one in the photo has a spring, too, as they all should. I wonder why it's not closing itself - already broken?

I have a trailer with a bunch of these; the spring broke in one of them.
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The one in the photo has a spring, too, as they all should. I wonder why it's not closing itself - already broken?

I have a trailer with a bunch of these; the spring broke in one of them.
If I remember correctly, the one on the demo unit would snap shut if positioned anywhere other than fully open as in the picture. I guess that's an improvement since you can leave it open while you open the hatch and then snap it to the hatch.
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I have wondered why they do not install the hatches reversed so that gravity will keep th hatch open? There really is no top or bottom to these items. I have installed several in other units opening down without any issues.
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I have wondered why they do not install the hatches reversed so that gravity will keep th hatch open? There really is no top or bottom to these items. I have installed several in other units opening down without any issues.
I personally would not want my hatches to be hinged on the bottom. If they should accidently open enroute, there would be a much greater likelihood of breaking the hatch door due to bouncing of the trailer if the hinges were on the bottom rather than the top. May also be more likely to lose contents of the hatch if the bottom hinged door should open enroute.
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