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DeltaRon 08-31-2015 07:29 PM

Cheap plastic door latches
2015 FC 28. What's up with these cheap latches. Screws keep falling out. Have tried putting kitchen match pieces and rescrewing; no good. Better ideas??? Please

AWCHIEF 08-31-2015 07:33 PM

Contractor grade. Cheapest they could find. Epoxy and oversized screws usually help.

overlander63 08-31-2015 07:39 PM

If they're machine screws, try putting a drop of blue thread locker on the threads, and screwing them in.

bwpaint 08-31-2015 07:42 PM

I've had a couple come out. Filled stripped hole with PC11 epoxy,available at most hardware or big box stores. Let cure 24hr minimum. Drill and reinstall screw. Will hold very well if not over torqued. Be careful not to drill too deep and going through door.

Al and Missy 08-31-2015 08:53 PM

What bwpaint said. That's how I fixed one of mine. The PO had just put in a bigger screw. That was a fail. Epoxy holding well.


hollycwright 09-01-2015 11:48 AM

Mine did the same on the closet door. I bought screws that were a bit longer. So far it's working. We have a 2016 25FB Flying Cloud.

Norrie46 09-01-2015 12:27 PM

Cheap latches
I have had the same problem on our 2014 FC 30. One latch has broken.
To your problem. Use 1/8" dowel wood with wood glue to plug the holes. Use a larger screw diameter . I can' t remember what size I used maybe a # 6 or 8. Measure the door thickness plus the latch flange then get the longest screw without it breaking through the door finish.

graysailor 09-01-2015 01:00 PM

All of the above. Toothpicks, glue then the screw. Usually works for me. Last time I tried a little wood filler along with glue and so far holding up.

SuzyHomemakr 09-01-2015 01:09 PM

For an absolutely bullet-proof overkill fix, drill oversize holes (like 5/16"!) and fill them with thickened epoxy. I like micro-balloons or the sawdust from a belt-sander. When you drill the holes for the screws into that, it will hold for sure!

DoublTrouble 09-01-2015 01:10 PM

Take a look here too

What did you get for your Trailer today?

Post# 2980

mefly2 09-01-2015 01:21 PM

I use a mixture like Suzy said except that I put the screws back in right away - with oil on the threads. After the epoxy has set up, then I torque to proper holding level.

Tim A. 09-01-2015 02:48 PM


Originally Posted by DoublTrouble (Post 1678006)


Originally Posted by AWCHIEF (Post 1677653)
Contractor grade. Cheapest they could find.

I have been curious about what latches are being discussed here, particularly since most posts revolve around loose screws which the latches themselves are not responsible for. So I was pleased to see the picture DoublTrouble refers to so I would know what latches are involved and if my trailer has them, too.

Our 2002 19' Bambi has them and they have caused no problems over the last 13 years, so maybe how the screws fasten into newer cabinets is the main difficulty.

Are the latches "Contractor grade. The cheapest they could find."? Well, the brand in our trailer is Southco and they are marine grade (i.e. boat), a quality not usually thought of as poor. A common retail price is about $15 per latch, not exactly cheap.


senioryakker 09-01-2015 03:20 PM

A small piece of plastic zip tie works very nicely.

carver 1 09-01-2015 03:33 PM

I wonder if when the latches are installed, I'm sure that the installer is using a drill to tighten and perhaps in an effort to hurry, he is tightening too much and compromising the supporting wood. The poor quality of the latch should have nothing to do with the fact that the screws come out. Oh... Don't ask me how I know about over tightening.


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