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Old 06-13-2008, 01:09 PM   #1
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Can anyone help ? Our friend just bought a new Safari 07 and the entry door( rear entry model) is very hard to close...we had the same problem to a lesser degree in our 05 Safari ...has anyone had the same problem and found a cure ?
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:21 PM   #2
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Make sure the trailer is level and the stabilizers are in place...sometimes the torque created by not being level can cause door-closing problems...and use the stabilizers (not to level, but to keep it stable)...they will help keep it level as you move around inside.
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Old 06-13-2008, 01:56 PM   #3
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Have you try lubricating the latch? If not spray a little white lithium grease on the latch assembly located inside the edge of the door. I do this once or twice a year, or when the door gets hard to close.
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I had this problem with my 06 Safari rear door and Denver at Roger Williams Airstream adjusted it for me. 800-378-5883

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Old 01-28-2009, 11:31 AM   #5
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Our entry door is also hard to close in that we have to slam it shut or from inside, pull it shut pretty hard, does anyone know what causes this or how to fix this?
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Our entry door is also hard to close in that we have to slam it shut or from inside, pull it shut pretty hard, does anyone know what causes this or how to fix this?
The usual fix is to spray some silicone spray on the striker pocket and the striker bolt.

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Old 01-28-2009, 12:15 PM   #7
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Thanks Andy - I appreciate your help!! On a side note, I was looking through the owners manual on our 1991 Excella which we bought from a great couple in AZ last year, there is a receipt for work done at Inland RV along with your card. Glad you are such an active participant on this site, wish you guys were here in Salt Lake City, UT.

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Have the same problem. Think it is caused by the way the screen door is bent - or maybe I should say over bent. I've tried spraying the latch, hinges etc but it did no good.
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Thanks Andy - I appreciate your help!! On a side note, I was looking through the owners manual on our 1991 Excella which we bought from a great couple in AZ last year, there is a receipt for work done at Inland RV along with your card. Glad you are such an active participant on this site, wish you guys were here in Salt Lake City, UT.

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I had the same problem with my 01'. If you watch the belt line or some visible stripe and see if its necessary for the door to lift a bit to latch. I found that my upper hinge was a bit loose. There is a small piece of moulding that covers the screw. Once i closed the door and aligned the striker to be in the proper position i then tightened the hinge screw. After lubing the door it closes with almost no effort and all the seams and lines are perfect. It was to the point before when pulling the door closed from the inside i thought i was going to brake the chrome handle which seems weak to begin with. Check it out and you might find that the door is actually sagging a bit and you will see then why its hard to close.

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I have found out that the screen door needs to be clipped to the door to close better. Also a firm close is better than a slam.
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We had the same problem with our 06 International. If you're a bit squeamish, do not read further. For those of a stronger heart:
First, look at the door from the inside and see if the round bolt is exactly between the two latch "gripping claws" (not sure of the correct technical term, but you'll see what I mean). If not, ascertain which way and how far it needs to go. Now, here's the good part: take a very short piece of 2 x 4, hold it either above or below the bolt (depending on which way you need to move it); take a large hammer and strike the 2 x 4 until the alignment is correct. This will take a pretty good "whack" to get it to move but it will go.

This is what happens to your baby when they take it around back out of your sight for an adjustment. So, if you're not up to the task, take it to your dealer and they'll do it for you.

I hope this helps.
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Can anyone help ? Our friend just bought a new Safari 07 and the entry door( rear entry model) is very hard to close...we had the same problem to a lesser degree in our 05 Safari ...has anyone had the same problem and found a cure ?
Hi, go to "2008 model year quality...." page 11, post #148. There I posted a pretty detailed way to properly adjust your door to close like it should, but didn't, from the factory.
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All my towing is in the winter. Salt and Mag Chloride coat the streamer. I noticed as the miles went by the harder it got to close and open the door. WD 40 is my miracle fluid, and a recent soaking in every opening on the door made it just like new. It did however leave lots of left over that needed wiping off, but it did the trick. Perfect for those of us that are not inclined to use any tools. I also use white spray on lithium grease on hitch parts but a bear to clean off when it gets on clothes.
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