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Old 11-17-2009, 07:20 AM   #1
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Installing a Door Knob (Latch or Not to Latch)

I am bogged down again by what seems to be the simplest of things.

I am trying to install a new door knob on my camper. In an attempt to reduce my expenses, I am using a standard door knob, similar to the one shown below.

I not sure if I have the terminology down... But here it goes. It seems that the latch (part that runs the opposite direction of the knobs) is too short for the Airstream door. So, I tried to use the existing camper's latch with the new door knobs... the connection point was not compatible. The rod connecting the two knobs together was larger then the hole in the existing latch. So, I went to work on it... Now, I believe I screwed up the existing latch. So I now have a door knob that does latch. During our trip to Penn Wood, someone told me about extensions. How I understood this, the extension would increase the size of your latch.

Does anyone have any suggestions? Thans in advance for your support.


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Old 11-17-2009, 08:20 AM   #2
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Hi rslaymaker, I know from working on older houses that you can get an adjustable latch. Exp. Kwikset Latches. If you have a good hardware store take both locks down and see if the have something for you. You might also try a locksmith shop.


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Hi! I have PM'd you.
I don't think we discussed this at PennWood. Are you already committed to changing that to a house door lock?
This is something that we would suggest you take the trailer and/or trailer to a good locksmith. Perhaps he can find the extension that you need before you give up on it. The standard house door set has two offset settings of 2 3/8 and 2 3/4. A full service lock shop may have something to change that.
There is a full service locksmith out our way in Elyria that we trust.
Or have you tried a full service RV shop?
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