Is This A SPUT? (Door Problems)

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Repairs & Maintenance' started by YellowRose, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. YellowRose

    YellowRose New Member

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    Mar 6, 2008
    Our Niagara is great except for the freakin' door. On setup at camp in Rockport, DH was bringing the door down from the ceiling (holding it correctly by the sides, mind you) when the bottom panel popped out! The silly rubber strip came out part way and the panel (a thin piece it is...flimsy) came out a bit. After several frustrating and unsuccessful attempts to put it back in, we gave up. There was not a gaping gap or anything and the door went in as usual...but....SHEESH.

    The door is really a piece of @#$)*#_$. On this trip, too, I had a devil of a time pushing in the button on the exterior handle to get the latch to open. It's like it doesn't quite disengage the inside latch... Geez....couldn't even get into my own PUP!!!

    We'll call the dealership and see about taking the door in for repair, hoping this will be covered under warranty. Whatever the case, it needs to be fixed before we go out again.

    Anyone experienced problems like this? Are all the doors basically the worst part of a PUP? Perhaps we just got a lemon door?

    Otherwise, she's a great PUP!

    1 Texas Chick / 1 Scotsman / 1 Heinz 57
    '03 Chevy Tahoe / '08 Fleetwood Niagara
    5 bicycles of various breeds

    Edited by - Digger on June 27 2008 10:00:42
  2. Digger

    Digger Foothills of Central Virginia

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    Nov 27, 2007
    Foothills of Central Virginia
    I find that when opening my door from the outside, I have to kinda push in on the door while pushing the button, and then pull it open. It doesn't take much, in fact, I push in with the same hand as pushing the button....

    I agree that the doors are a place that they designed to save on weight.

    ~Cheers~ Ðigger
    '04 Fleetwood Westlake (StonyBlue)/'02 Ford E-150
    2008 nights camping: PUP - 13
  3. Cindy F

    Cindy F New Member

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    Feb 24, 2008
    I agree! Getting in my PUP is no problem, getting out? Well.....that's another story. I have to turn the handle a couple times back and forth, rattle it a bit, and push for it to open. It's like the PUP is trying to make sure I'm not just playing around and I really, REALLY want to get out. Have you tried yelling at it ot letting the dog pee on the tire? ~grin~ <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile"> That seems to help a little here!

    BTW, why do I always forget how much I hate painting until I've already started the job? I'm sure the pup will be happy the other half of the interior is finally getting painted.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_hardhat.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Major Mods"> Cindy
    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_pu.gif border=0 align=middle alt="PopUp"> 1985 Starcraft Galaxy 24
  4. stormspotter

    stormspotter New Member

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    I hate my door worst part of setup next to swing down stablizer. I amost always have trouble getting it in right it is akward and fragil. The way mine is mounted to the roof it almost becomes a two person job. I always wonder how on the fleetwood pop up website the lady gets it down and in so smoothly must be lots of rehershing. I recently adjusted my roof which has helped but still dont like it.
    That being said they have come a long way since the door on my grandpa's pu which realy was a two person job. Not to mention the bedends were tight and the roof had to be cranked up and down in one shot.

    2004 son 19?? wife 2004 honda cr-v
    2002 trailblazer 2005 sea pine
    1995 F-250
  5. Wannafishmore

    Wannafishmore New Member

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    Sep 23, 2007
    My door stinks too. You have to push up on the roof to get it to snap into place. Then at night if someone is sleeping in the large bunk, the box flexes just enough so that if you open the door, it doesn't want to shut again. I'm still trying to figure out how to support the box with extra jacks to prevent the flexing.

    1991 Starcraft Starflyer
    Days camped in '07 = 4 in '08 = 13

    "Nobody notices what I do until I don't do it"
  6. Micksc

    Micksc New Member

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    Aiken, SC
    Hey,Y'all. Had door issues while at Myrtle Beach SP in June.(Coleman Cheyenne), Door was difficult to open or close. Came to find out that DGS had overcranked the stabs somewhat. Reset the stabs and everything was fine. I don't know if this will help everyone, but it made a big difference for us.

    00 Coleman Cheyenne
    04 Iszusu Ascender
  7. wcasey5

    wcasey5 New Member

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    Apr 26, 2007
    Westminster, MD
    We had requirements when we went shopping for a new to us pup, floor plan, air, and a full sized, good working door (not one of these half and half designs). Our jayco works great, but a lot of others we have tried have not. We had 2 starcrafts before and they each had door issues. Opening at nitgh by themselves and all that. Our 96 starcraft was worse than our 87.

    2003 Jayco 10SG PU
    2005 Pontiac Montana TV
    Leah, the very wiggly, camping, Boston Terrier
    Sorry, that train has sailed

    Edited by - wcasey5 on July 17 2008 09:35:19
  8. barb_dave

    barb_dave Active Member

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    Jul 22, 2007
    Luckily we never had any real problems with our door, The only time we had problems was before I adjusted the roof height. After the AC was installed the cables streched some making it hard to get the door into place. After I adjusted the roof (up about an inch) all worked fine
    1998 Coleman Mesa 1997 Voyager
    Nights Camping 2008-9
  9. Missy120

    Missy120 New Member

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    Nov 13, 2007
    Don’t feel bad, our door drives us nuts too! I think the previous owners tried cranking it down with the door still in place, looks that way anyway by the top of the door, either way, we had to adjust it already, put a few new screws in the side (some fell out, not sure what happened there), sometimes it still gives us issues but the last time we had it out it worked great, go figure! Oh well, I still love my pup!

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