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Old 11-06-2006, 09:37 PM   #15
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Thumbs up Safety Latch - Easy and Effective

After reading earlier threads concerning the suicide door concern and the various solutions offered, I looked around my garage and came up with a solution that is simple and very effective.
The wooden "thingamajig" some folks are using seems a good solution, but requires cutting, shaping, and sanding a block of wood. After pondering that idea, I decided some Aggie Engineering was in order. So, I commandeered an old wooden-handled scrub brush about eight inches long, cut down the bristles to about 1/4 inch, and added an old shoestring for a lanyard. The brush already had a hole for the lanyard.
Voila! A safety latch that fits snugly through the Assist Handle and firmly holds the door closed without risk of marring the aluminum skin. See the photos below. Leaving about a 1/4 inch of bristle on the brush provided more that enough friction to keep the latch in place during travel.
My wife and I just finished a two week (2400 mile) trip to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in our 1976 27' Overlander International. Our "Scrub-Brush Latch" worked like a charm.

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Old 11-07-2006, 05:45 AM   #16
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AND you can use it to do the dishes! another space-saver idea!



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Old 11-07-2006, 11:29 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by Fyrzowt
One more shot with the latch in the open position
That latch is and is not, a good idea.

It's good when your traveling.

It's very bad, if your in the trailer and someone comes by and connects that latch.

Now your locked in and would have to open the window then push out the screen to release the latch.

The "BIG" question is, could you do that quickly, in case of the need to make an emergency exit, as an example, if there was an internal fire????

There are better ways to secure the entrance door when traveling, that does not create a locked inside situation when parked.

Emergency exits, should never be barricaded, however accidental or intentional.

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Old 11-07-2006, 01:24 PM   #18
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Good Advice!

I agree with you completely concerning the risk of being locked in. I should have included that in the earlier post.

I remove the device and store it in the trailer when parked. The lanyard is looped through the Assist Handle so the Safety Latch is easy to remove without having to untie anything. See photo.

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Andy and DR,

You do make a valid point, and one that I have considered for myself. The chances of someone randomly locking you in are remote, but the fire safety factor needs to be considered by each owner prior to making such an install.

-Do you have a reliable second or 3rd exit?
-Do you know where it is?
-Do you know how to use it or break it out?
-Do you have a working smoke detector?
-Are you calm enough in an emergency to think clearly and take appropriate action?

I have satisfied these questions in my mind and am satisfied that I AND my family can safely exit the trailer by more than one means.
While I don't wish to test this on MY trailer, I also believe that I could "Donkey kick" the door hard enough to pop the rivets out of the latch. In my line of work I get the "opportunity" to try these types of things out occasionally.

I agree that this lock may not be for everyone for safety reasons, but I like it and will use it until I'm no longer comfortable with it due to safety questions listed above.

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