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Old 10-19-2014, 03:31 PM   #1
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Careful with the front hatch when setting up

We have a ProPride 3 hitch on our EB27. Arriving at a campground after dark and opening the front hatch with the weight distribution bars still under tension, we did not notice that the hatch could lay flat.
Most of the time it rest against the weight distribution bars at an angle.
We proceed to set up the camper and release the tension to the bars.
After unhooking the TV and
Getting ready to call it a night we realized that the front hatch was now in a bind laying flat between the weight distribution bar.
We could not raise it up to close it.
In fact it now had a 1/2 inch crease on the top edge against the bar.
The only way to release the hatch was to place the weight distribution bars back under tension. Then the hatch lifted easily.

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Old 10-20-2014, 10:52 PM   #2
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To what hatch are you referring?

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Old 10-21-2014, 04:27 AM   #3
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Originally Posted by mefly2 View Post
To what hatch are you referring?
I'm guessing the storage door behind the propane tanks under the front bed.
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:22 PM   #4
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That is correct SteveSueMac. The front hatch door now has a i/2 inch buckle at the top edge. It is now covered with duct tape due to worries that it is no longer water tight. We now have a new door for the front hatch ordered from the good folks at Foley Airstream in Gulfport.
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Old 10-21-2014, 01:27 PM   #5
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Just wanted to let folks know about opening the front hatch door when weight distribution bars are under tension. The hatch door can be placed in a bind, if tension is released in the process of unhitching,if door is laying flat on the frame in the open position.
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Old 10-22-2014, 10:25 AM   #6
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I have found that my hatch is sensitive to stab jack tension on how it fits closed. I do not use the stab jacks for leveling, but enough tension to kill the "oil can" booming of the belly pan.
Every move/setup so far has a different fit on that hatch closed.
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Old 10-22-2014, 03:05 PM   #7
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I am trying to imagine how mine could lay flat

Thanks for that heads up though

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