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Old 05-03-2015, 03:32 PM   #1
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securing drawers so they don't slide open when on the move

we are adding drawers in our '86 25'Sovereign in the eating/living room area next to the refrigerator wall. My question is how do we secure the doors so they don't fly open when we are on the move? Our cabinets have plastic fasteners that secure the cabinet doors but I wondered what would you use for wooden drawers?

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Old 05-03-2015, 03:34 PM   #2
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I am using roller/spring latches for my door & drawer catches. Similar to these:

Liberty Double Roller Catch with Spear Strike-C08820C-UC-P - The Home Depot
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Old 05-03-2015, 06:23 PM   #3
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I've used stick-on child proofing locks that have a strap and clip to hold drawers shut.

Failing that, try a 'footman loop' screwed to the cabinet and a webbing strap that has an easy Release buckle.

Our rear desk drawers used to unload in panic stops before I child proofed them with parts from Home Depot.


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Old 05-03-2015, 06:33 PM   #4
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Depending on the various models of Airstreams, you modify what we do.

Rope. We tie the closet handles together with rope to secure them. We run a rope from the bottom drawer in the Safari, secured at the bottom handle, run it through the other three drawers and would tie the rope onto the magazine rack bars. Never had one drawer open on us... and I travel anywhere.

The hinged drawer(s) along side the bed, our 2006 Safari, I added a latch and a rubber band to keep tension for it to remain closed.

If you have a problem, study it and there are inexpensive easy solutions. We used rope as I had a lot laying around... parts and pieces that were 25 foot ropes at one time.

We solved all of the drawers and door problems with rope and one sliding door latch. Even added a handle on the door for access to the water pump.

You can get fancy. You can get... rope. If it works, you did good.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:16 PM   #5
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The drawer slides on the '85 Airstreams have a catch. When closed you should have to lift up slightly in order to pull out. If they are not working that way then the slides may be misaligned, loose, worn out or otherwise out of adjustment. To get a drawer completely out, so that you can better inspect the slide (positioned in the middle, not on the sides), pull the drawer out as far as it will go, then feel inside the rear of the track for a little lever. When you find it push the drawer back in just enough to remove tension on the lever, then work the lever to allow the drawer to be pulled completely out from the track. The part of the track attached to the drawer itself has a notch toward the front. That notch is the catch that keeps the drawer in place while traveling, but sometimes it gets worn down or otherwise damaged. But if it appears intact then with some finagling you can get it to work properly.
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Old 05-04-2015, 12:53 PM   #6
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We installed magnetic catches on the back of the drawers. Check out post 598 in our thread: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f185...-50967-43.html. The catches come in different weights, and they have held the drawers closed while traveling for the last several years.

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Old 05-04-2015, 01:21 PM   #7
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I had to replace the slides on the large drawer under the fridge--broken due to a lot of weight, and also had to disable the latches on one of the under-bed drawers because it needs a lot of force to open. I put surface bolts on both sides of both drawers. These require manual latching but are very secure.
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Old 05-04-2015, 04:54 PM   #8
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I'm a big fan of these marine latches:
Sea-Dog : Quality Marine, Industrial and Rigging Hardware

Push the button in, and they latch. Button out, a nice drawer pull. About $8 each from boatpartheadquarters.com. The plastic (so far) wears well, and it's a good build quality. Has a good, solid "finger feel" as well, very classy!

It's taken some finagling, but I've got these latches to work in all sorts of interesting configurations.
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Old 05-04-2015, 05:11 PM   #9
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These brass catches have adjustable tension and mount on the back of the drawer. They work great and the drawers stay put when traveling. A slight tug opens it.Extruded Double-Ball Catches - Lee Valley Tools
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:43 PM   #10
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We have a front-facing drawer in the nightstand between the beds, and because of its location it was particularly prone to opening during travel. I installed a child-guard product that I had, left over from many years ago, inside the drawer, and it has worked very well. So far, in 15 years, no drawer openings. The nice thing about it is the easy installation, and it's invisible when the drawer is closed since it's mounted inside. It is similar to this product:

Amazon.com : Spring Loaded Cabinet and Drawer Latch : Cabinet Safety Locks : Baby
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:53 PM   #11
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Low Tech! I just drop a thin stick or 1/2" dowel through the handles on those drawers that you have to lift to open. They slide out when they bounce and they don't usually bounce at the same time so one drawer holds the others back.
We have more trouble with swinging cupboard doors that open under the pressure of the contents. I use a single strip of double sided Velcro ( Velcro Ties) wrapped around the pair of handles. But you need to check the grip since some cheap stuff won't hold under sliding tension
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we are adding drawers in our '86 25'Sovereign in the eating/living room area next to the refrigerator wall. My question is how do we secure the doors so they don't fly open when we are on the move? Our cabinets have plastic fasteners that secure the cabinet doors but I wondered what would you use for wooden drawers?

Thanks in advance.
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This is what I use and they work perfect. TotLok - Magnetic Cabinet Locking System

Easy to install
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Old 05-05-2015, 11:07 PM   #13
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On our '86 Ltd, we use bungee cords, about as low-tech as you can get. I think the catches are just pworn after so many years of open-and-close, and the bungees do the trick for doors and drawers. We take them off once we are parked for the night, then putting them on is part of our hit-the-road process in the morning. Easy!

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Old 05-08-2015, 07:32 AM   #14
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Great suggestions. I had no idea that there was such a variety of solutions. Any more out there????
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