Replacement door Latch?

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  1. Matt Benoit

    Matt Benoit Active Member

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    The door Latch on our 96 rockwood is sloppy and can be a pain at times. I've been looking for a replacement, but haven't seen anything in this style...
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    I keep finding latches like this :

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    Anyone know if latches like this work be a direct replacement? Thank you.
     
  2. durhamcamper

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    The latch shown is what the factory would have installed . The one you have is not a pup door latch. My guess is that the PO of your pup changed it because they original had a problem. As far as it being a direct replacement, it should be, however don't know if the door was drilled or anything when they changed it. You will definitely have small holes left in the door frame used to attach your current latch which I would just fill with some JB Weld
     
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  3. JPBar

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  5. BikeNFish

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    Because it was easier than doing it correctly.
     
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  6. Snow

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    Because a screen door latch is cheaper and easier to find then a proper trailer latch..
     
  7. Matt Benoit

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    I guess I'm lucky to have an rv dealer 3 miles from the house... Lol. $20 and 5 minutes later... 20180423_121200.jpg
    The best part? Didn't have to fill any extra holes! The door latches perfect now. I can just push it closed and it will catch. I also appreciate that it has a keyed lock. Thanks for the help guys!
     
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  8. Spaceace5150

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    Good price! I'm finding white is little more expensive that other colors.
     
  9. Matt Benoit

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    Hard to tell in the picture, it's actually silver.
     
  10. Spaceace5150

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    Just replaced my latch and it closes great. However, the lock isn't that great. Even when locked, if you play around with it you can get it open without the key. I replaced a latch that didn't lock, so perhaps they are just junky locks?

    Anyone have any experience with this?
     
  11. Matt Benoit

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    No experience with faulty latches. However consider that pups are inherently unsecured... Even if the lock works perfectly, one simply has to pull the canvas away from the door and reach in too open the door. I use a barrel bolt in addition to the normal latch to prevent the door from opening while traveling. If security is your concern, there are better options than a cheap lock... Lol
     
  12. Spaceace5150

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    True, but for $20 I'd expect the lock to stay locked if you wiggle it. I'm more concerned for security when its not up and in storage.
     
  13. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    Except on Colemans. The door step can be put into place on the outside of the door and it bolts very securely. No way could a person reach in and open it. They would have to do some climbing to get in. [LOL]
     
  14. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    Oh these Coleman doors can be opened while locked just driving down the road and in a pinch I was able to open by hand once when I forgot the Key at home 3 hour away. I will say that it was a real PITA to close it back up like that.
     
  15. Orchid

    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

    How? I may need this information one day if we can't find the key. When the handle is in the locked position, there is no way to even fiddle with it or move it around. Even with the key, it's very stiff.

    We never lock our camper anyway. I wouldn't camp anywhere where I felt like I needed to. But would be nice to know how to open that step door in a pinch.
     
  16. jnc

    jnc Welcome from New Hampshire

    I pulled the top towards the rear while also pulling outward after a few good pulls the cross bar popped out enuff to open it. It was much Harder to close because of the way the end of the cross bar is bent. I had to have the DW apply a little weight on the rear bunk. The only damage is where I scratched up the siding trying to close it up.
     
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