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Old 11-27-2002, 04:58 PM   #1
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Hello Folks;
Last week I drove over a speed bump with the 23 in tow.
Through my rear view mirror I could see that the battery door was open!!!! I closed and locked it and then drove over the speed bump again. Same thing occured. Door fell open. My guess is that the weight of the big battery dropped enough to allow the door latch to drop the 3/8 of an inch to get past its stop.
Has anyone had this happen? I think I will have to secure the battery compartment floor more securely. Any thoughts??
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Old 11-27-2002, 05:23 PM   #2
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One approach

If you can get enough access, one possible fix would be to notch the arm on the lock and put some sort of keeper inside the top of the compartment. The keeper could be as simple as a piece of angle screwed or rivited into the inside of the top frame so that the notch on the arm engages it.
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Old 11-27-2002, 05:30 PM   #3
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Another thought

You could probably fabicate a new, longer, latch arm out of a piece of flat stock. You would have to drill the hole a bit undersize and then file it out to match the hole in the original latch arm. I use Swiss pattern files for this sort of work.
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Old 11-27-2002, 08:48 PM   #4
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A lock shop would probably have an assortment of "tail pieces" that may help, some are longer so it will have more area to engage. You might have to replace the whole lock as tail pieces are not always interchangeable. The battery door and surrounding frame on my Argosy is one piece so if yours is the same I can't see how a weak floor would make the door fall open.
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Thnxs Folks;

Some real good ideas. I will get into it next time I get to the A/S

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I think I better check door the on our battery, we went through a drainage dip in the road when we broght it home and the door was opened.
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durin an extended summer trip this past year I forgot to lock my generator doorone morining, and it opened on a side road ( thankfully not the highway)...Reminds me to doublecheck all my latches and doors each time I set out for the day. The damage was very minor- but still aggravating.
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