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Old 09-01-2015, 04:56 PM   #15
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I have been curious about what latches are being discussed here, particularly since most posts revolve around loose screws which the latches themselves are not responsible for. So I was pleased to see the picture DoublTrouble refers to so I would know what latches are involved and if my trailer has them, too.

Our 2002 19' Bambi has them and they have caused no problems over the last 13 years, so maybe how the screws fasten into newer cabinets is the main difficulty.

Are the latches "Contractor grade. The cheapest they could find."? Well, the brand in our trailer is Southco and they are marine grade (i.e. boat), a quality not usually thought of as poor. A common retail price is about $15 per latch, not exactly cheap.

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Most of the latches on my 2014 FC look like this and are inexpensive at Camping World.


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Old 09-01-2015, 05:31 PM   #16
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I wonder if when the latches are installed, I'm sure that the installer is using a drill to tighten and perhaps in an effort to hurry, he is tightening too much and compromising the supporting wood. The poor quality of the latch should have nothing to do with the fact that the screws come out. Oh... Don't ask me how I know about over tightening.
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Stripped wood screws.....


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Old 09-01-2015, 05:33 PM   #17
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Try post number 2978 (on page 213 of the full site version) too, Robert Cross posted great pictures, and a fix for the cheap latches.
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Old 09-01-2015, 07:12 PM   #18
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2015 FC 28. What's up with these cheap latches. Screws keep falling out. Have tried putting kitchen match pieces and rescrewing; no good. Better ideas??? Please
mine did the same I put hard wood OAK in the holes and glue on the screw threads Gorilla
glue and screwed them back in.....there have been several things wrong and I believe Airstream has gone cheap (NON_UNION) plus inferior parts. FAN behind fridge,drain valve underneath by water tank just waiting for the next problem to arise.....no extended warranty too much money.
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use a hardwood (oak) to fill hole with glue then screw , readjust the latch so it's not too tight. Airstream is losing their Quality
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Just for the record our latches have never loosened, broken, or come unlatched when towing. We traveled extensively and lived in the Airstream over 24 months total.

There must be others with similar results. It may be someone(s) at the assembly line is over tightening the screws during assembly on some units.

Inland Andy has suggested this is a symptom of out-of-balanced running gear and/or too stiff a hitch connection.
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Gorilla glue works well also.
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2015 FC 28. What's up with these cheap latches. Screws keep falling out. Have tried putting kitchen match pieces and rescrewing; no good. Better ideas??? Please
Screws "never" fall out, because of bad latches.

But, screws always fall out, from vibration.

Find the cause of the vibration, correct it, and your screws will never fall out.

Typically, the running gear must be properly balanced, if not, then many different problems are guaranteed.

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