Why is this happening to my 78' bonair 700?

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  1. Makingmemories78

    Makingmemories78 New Member

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    The door will frame has been pulled so far from the door it won't latch.
     

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    xxxapache Well-Known Member

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    Adjust stabilizers a bit and report back.
     
  3. Makingmemories78

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    We have done all of that .
     
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    Morning! Speaking from a little experience my guess is, while the frame is solid with the stabilizers, you've got some soft floor issues courtesy of water penetration. The floor dips/sags down a bit which pulls the door frame apart. We had a 77 Bonair 850 years ago, and the floor under the cabinet rotted out over the years which caused the same issue (poor roof seal let water in while towing in the rain). The way the Bonair supports its bunks with poles that attach to the front of the box, when you pull that bunk out the weight pulls the side/floor of the box down if the floor is ripe.
     
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    Wrenchgear Near Elmira, Southern Ontario

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    Yeah, put a little more pressure on those stabilizers. I get it that you have it all level and all perfect, but things are weak and bending. Weather its your floor as daveman mentioned, or your frame, something isn't staying straight. Have someone inside and walk from one end to the other and crawl out onto the beds. See if that gap changes, I'm pretty sure it will. They make these things so weak and cheap to try and make them lite and easy to tow that things flex. While it is set up, eyeball along the top edge of the wall, full length from one bed end to the other. See if it bows up in the middle. If so, maybe the wall is getting loose where it attaches to the floor, again as daveman mentioned.
     
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    rabird Howdy!

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    screen door spring
    move latch out with spacers
    repair PU

    the big gap in the box (aka door) weakens the structure.
    Older PUs have the staples used to build loosen
    water damage/rot weakens the structure.

    Since the bed supports are angled in, any weight including the bed, causes a pull on the PUs front/back wall.
    It usually starts with the door opening by itself when people get in bed!
    This added weight pulls on the PU, any weakness is exaggerated.
     
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    Thank you for all your responses.. you are all explaining exactly what is happening. I think our next step is to gut it and find the rot. I know the floor flexing is Huge when we walk on it , to the point the fridge moves.
     
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