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Old 05-19-2016, 11:29 PM   #29
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Our 2006 Bambi has a "suicide door" as well ... The top lock sometimes unlocked in transit but the deadbolt stays locked so far ... but just in case, we use a rubber doorstop with a hole drilled the fat end and a bungee-ball attached to loop onto the grab great and and does not mar the finish...
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:01 AM   #30
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I posted this article back in '06. Your '85 may need some modifications to this 'safety latch' to work for you.


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Old 05-20-2016, 08:27 AM   #31
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Thanks Neil -- FYI centennialman was good enough to post your design also and credit you. Very handy, thanks for the simple solution.

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Old 05-20-2016, 08:40 AM   #32
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We use the same as TBRich, no problems. I really like the simplicity of the spring clip through a hole in the rain eyebrow mentioned earlier.

I would just mention the doorstop wedge rubs the very leading edge of the door when it contacts, there's some flex in these trailers going down the road. Hardly noticeable but I maintain it with a touch up of acrylic clear coat pen now and then to keep filiform from setting in. I don't know if the wood wedges would do that, if there is contact I imagine they might.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:54 AM   #33
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Originally Posted by John Oliver View Post
Thanks for all the input! Yes, my Soverign does have the grab handle and like others, I have used a series of different "wooden wedges" thru grab handle to keep door shut. I was hoping to find something a bit more craftsman like than a cedar wedge - although the wedge performs flawlessly !!! ( KISS ). Maybe I should leave well enough alone ...As yet. I have been unable to open files which have the prototype wooden latch. Will keep trying

When I started camping in our '67 25 years ago I would drive off then wonder if I had remembered to turn the dead bolt. Since I could not see it in the rear view mirror I had to stop to check. Since putting a bright colored bungee cord around the outside door knob and hooking it to the grab handle, I often still look in the RH mirror and can see the bungee in place.
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Old 05-29-2016, 04:00 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by TBRich View Post
Our 2006 Bambi has a "suicide door" as well ... The top lock sometimes unlocked in transit but the deadbolt stays locked so far ... but just in case, we use a rubber doorstop with a hole drilled the fat end and a bungee-ball attached to loop onto the grab great and and does not mar the finish...
Clever idea. Thank you for sharing!
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Old 05-31-2016, 09:49 AM   #35
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Trust me, the door will come open under certain circumstances even with the lock and deadbolt engaged. Cost me over $3,000 to replace the door when it opened going down the highway. I religiously use the notched piece of wood in the door handle now. It is foolproof 😎

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