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Old 08-25-2013, 10:48 AM   #1
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shower door latch fixed

My shower door latch on a 2010 flying cloud is a plastic knob on the inside and a plastic door latch on the outside of the shower. It was bent and unusable, it would lock you in! I took it off and heated the latch part with a hot air gun and made sure that it was bent at a 90 degree angle. Then I mixed up a small batch of jb weld and filled the plastic part so the it would retain it's shape. This is so easy and works better than new. If you dont have an hot air gun a pan of boiling water works also. JB weld reinforces the plastic and you can not see it after the latched is back on. Wife thinks I am a genius.
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Old 08-25-2013, 10:58 AM   #2
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Ours did the same thing. Got tired of hearing the wife yell she was locked in :-( I normally just remove mine when I get to the camping site and put it back on during travel. I think I'll look into doing the same to mine that you did. Thanks
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Old 08-25-2013, 11:42 AM   #3
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I think the primary function of this latch is to secure the door for travel. It should have a spring washer installed to provide enough tension so that the latch remains in the desired position. In normal use, the rubber magnet running the length of the door should be sufficient to keep the door closed.

Some prefer to use the latch while in the shower and forget or one attempts to pull the door open with the latch closed and those small parts are too fragile and are easily bent or broken.

Our latch was bent when we bought our trailer used and found the magnets under the bed! After reinstalling the magnets and securing them with a drop of sealant and repairing the latch, all has been fine for over 3 years. We use the latch only for travel.
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:59 PM   #4
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I did the same as OP, except (so far) I haven't needed the JB Weld reinforcement. Heating ad reshaping worked for me.
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Old 08-27-2013, 01:09 PM   #5
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My shower door latch on a 2010 flying cloud is a plastic knob on the inside and a plastic door latch on the outside of the shower. It was bent and unusable, it would lock you in! I took it off and heated the latch part with a hot air gun and made sure that it was bent at a 90 degree angle. Then I mixed up a small batch of jb weld and filled the plastic part so the it would retain it's shape. This is so easy and works better than new. If you dont have an hot air gun a pan of boiling water works also. JB weld reinforces the plastic and you can not see it after the latched is back on. Wife thinks I am a genius.
I had similar issue with the latch on my 06 Classic Limited, and I picked up a replacement latch at West Marine. I had to drill a new hole, which I put above the original hole and installed the new "Sea latch" and it works better than the original. I used a black plug cover to close up old hole.

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Old 09-06-2013, 06:10 AM   #6
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Same issue on my 2008 Classic 25FB. I was able to bend it back without heating. So far so good for the last few trips. I'll try your tip if it happens again. Thanks for sharing.

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