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Old 03-21-2016, 12:14 PM   #1
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Bottom drawers coming out in sharp turns

Just had a big trip to Mexico with 2016 Airstream Interstate Grand Tour... The bottom drawers were opening very often in tight turns. Any advice how to fix those? It was driving me nuts.
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:30 PM   #2
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Old 03-21-2016, 02:08 PM   #3
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Yup. Look for ones that can be stuck on with adhesive or minimal screws.


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I'd recommend the Rev-A-Lock Cabinet Security System. Here's a write-up on it:
http://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/invi...-modification/
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Magnetic release - that looks like a very interesting solution. Got to check it out. Really like the idea of the added security.

The advantage with marine catches is that brass and stainless steel will hold up to significant force. The finger trip latches are not ugly as what you see from the outside is only the finger hole. But, I guess no hole is even a better look.

Thanks for the recommendation. Pat
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[QUOTE=UKDUDE;1765510]I'd recommend the Rev-A-Lock Cabinet Security System. Here's a write-up on it:]

UKDUDE, awesome. This is a great solution.

Thanks for sharing.

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Is there too much weight, or shifting weight in the drawers?
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Just had a big trip to Mexico with 2016 Airstream Interstate Grand Tour... The bottom drawers were opening very often in tight turns. Any advice how to fix those? It was driving me nuts.
If you're pulling enough G-force in a turn to have the drawers open, maybe you're taking the turns too quickly. I've had a wardrobe closet door open while in transit when a pair of telescoping flagpoles I had in the closet shifted against the door, but never had a drawer come open no matter how tightly I've turned.
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Anything large and heavy, which can start to slide freely inside the drawer in a turn, will have a lot of momentum when it bangs into the back of the drawer front. Preventing this shifting of the drawer's contents should reduce the drawer opening unexpectedly IMO.
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I'm wondering w/o looking if there is an adjustment as some of my drawers are hard to open and have never opened on their own. Same w/ the overhead lockers which do have an adjustment to effectively make them harder to open.
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In an emergency for drawers / cabinets coming open on curving roads use a bungy cord.

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I'd recommend the Rev-A-Lock Cabinet Security System. Here's a write-up on it:
http://www.thefitrv.com/rv-tips/invi...-modification/
Thanks for the suggestion. Looks like a good solution for child-proofing certain doors/drawers, but it is (IMO) a bit awkward, being a two-handed operation which requires holding the magnetic key close to the latch with one hand, whilst using the other hand to pull open the drawer. Every time you want to open the drawer?

They also make a model ("RL" in stock number), with a different geometry, which permits defeating the latch when you want to use the drawer without the magnetic key (like during a camping weekend):

http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00KYBAJ1K/...I3KF81PIE23XQN

A keyed cabinet lock is another possible way to keep the drawer closed while on the road again, but not sure if the geometry of the cabinet face frame will allow this lock:

http://www.amazon.com/FJM-Security-M...net+lock+keyed
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Thanks for the suggestions

Thanks for the suggestions.
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This topic has been discussed in the 20 footers thread of late.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f516...127845-41.html #568

My pot/pan drawer below the oven opened in transit and the slide latch pulled from the slides. The dealer repaired the delamination of the drawer but only increased the 1/2" screws to 3/4. Considering the thickness of the latch...not much teeth. I swapped those out for some small thru bolts.

I think it needs to be said that IMO the lateral forces for a trailer are probably different than an Interstate. Also to be fair, I think I caused mine as I caught the corner of a narrow curb/go-round down the street when leaving on the trip and that probably goosed the curb side up and pushed the contents toward the opposite side of the trailer. With a trailer this could easily happen in any ingress situation...less of a probability with an Interstate. At any rate, this will likely happen again, regardless of speed. I wasn't moving that fast.


My cause was slight curb bump, and contents momentum of contents in the drawer. Having a drawer liner to keep things in place in the drawer IMO may also help.

UKDUDE, any chance of a photo of your install?

I find this solution interesting but not sure if they'll work in my situation.


For now it's the KISS approach...twist to extend shower curtain. The end is hollow and the corner of the pull handle fits there well...actually does a pretty good job.


Like others on the 20 footers thread, I think the best solution is a $5 cabinet lock.



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