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Old 10-01-2006, 07:16 AM   #1
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Mis-aligned door??

We've been full timing in our 31' Sovereign for about three months now and have put about 4500 miles on the trailer this summer. Recently we developed a problem with our entry door. When we hook up to tow (and sometimes when we are unhooked) the front door will not latch when shut. We have a dead bolt that we have been using to secure the door when traveling but I like to have both the latch and dead bolt secure when moving, and it can be a real pain dead bolting the door when stationary just to keep it shut. We did a fairly extensive refurb inside and replaced frame, belly pan and flooring in the rear. I didn't pull the belly pan up front during my initial work because it didn't appear to need it. I'm getting ready to now though but would love to avoid this task since I don't have a decent work area or proper equipment if I do find a problem.

Has anyone had a similiar problem ??? Is this normal frame flex??? can I just grind out the door latch (receiving) a little and figure that my old AS has "settled" a little??? Any help is appreciated.


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Old 10-01-2006, 07:39 AM   #2
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Other than the latch , is any other part of the door mis-aligned ? Is it rubbing on the frame on the bottom or the sides ? How does it work with the stabilizers down?

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Old 10-01-2006, 07:53 AM   #3
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perhaps your hinge pins are worn.

you may be able to shim it with "C" shaped clips until replacement pins can be found.

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Old 10-01-2006, 10:54 AM   #4
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We own a 2006 22' CCD and had problems getting our entry door to latch. Our problem was you had to slam it to get it to latch.The entire trailer would shake when we closed the door. I repositioned the bolt that the door latches onto and it made all the diffrence in the world. Now we can close our door not slam it.
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