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Old 03-15-2015, 06:43 PM   #1
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Securing Door While Traveling

A couple of years ago I saw on the forums a guy who had fashioned a small block of wood which fit into the exterior grab handle and lapped over the door to keep it secure while towing. I can't seem to find this anywhere on the forums now. I"m really tired of the old bungee cord across the door. Please help if you can thanks
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:00 PM   #2
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I have a good pic of one that I found on the forums several years ago.
I made one and use it every time I pull my 68. Send me a PMwith you email and I'll send you a pic. I can't figure out how to post a pic here.
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Old 03-15-2015, 07:41 PM   #3
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Old 03-15-2015, 08:40 PM   #4
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The one I remember had a locking pin. This one is better looking.
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Old 03-15-2015, 10:24 PM   #5
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Info on making your own door latch,

Make Your Own Suicide Door Security Latch
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Old 03-16-2015, 01:44 PM   #6
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Locking door handle

Camping world has a great handle that has a three position base, which allows it to be used as an assist handle in the middle position, or flat against the door to secure the door in transit.
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Old 03-16-2015, 02:02 PM   #7
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We just use a rubber door stop wedge slipped through the grab handle, drilled a hole in it and attached one of those little bungee cords with the red ball on it to keep it on the handle when camped. Works like post #3 above, always at hand.

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Old 03-16-2015, 02:46 PM   #8
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I wonder why that deadbolt is mounted backwards? And why a deadbolt isn't a great way to keep a door from flying open (or your stuff from "flying away").

I'm very confused here!
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I,too, am wondering about this. Does this mean the deadbolt isn't to be trusted on the road? Is this just extra security?
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Old 03-16-2015, 03:57 PM   #10
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Easy to make, work great

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Make Your Own Suicide Door Security Latch
I made three of them while I was at it. Easy to enlarge the plan view photo to the right size on a copier. Cut it out of scrap plywood with a jig saw. Paint it as you choose.

I keep ours in the window as shown. It's in plain sight when you're closing the door. Of course, we also put it on our checklist.
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Roadways can be rough, trailers flex, doors can come open no matter which way they swing. It's an extra precaution some of us use, not a requirement.

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VTS backwards deadbolt

This shows how we think we have solved the issue with door coming open while on the road as well as securing the door from either inside or outside.
VTS has a deadbolt adapted with an extended bolt so that penetrations through frame or door are fairly small. It fits in the jamb rather than the door and since we had the interior skins off, it was reasonably easy to install but still not easy. We added a block of wood to the jamb to give it more substance.
I know the door exterior looks like hammered dog poop in this pic but it is much better now that we have made progress cleaning it up.
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