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Old 06-28-2023, 09:29 PM   #1
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Kitchen drawer slides out and falls

I cannot understand the mechanism used to keep this drawer from coming out. I see an orange tab on both sides of the slide that I think should stop the drawer but they don't.
Help.
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Old 06-28-2023, 09:41 PM   #2
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Those are the “releases” for the drawer that allow you to remove it. This is not your problem. It sounds like you might want to consider changing the “latches” that hold the drawer(s) closed. I think that the OEM latches are 5 pound latches and others have replaced with 10# latch hardware
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Old 06-28-2023, 10:18 PM   #3
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Geno48, Slvr_Lining is correct. The orange handles are the releases on the Blum drawer slides. The black plastic closer latch tension is not adjustable so replacing with stronger ones (find them on Amazon) is one option.

I decided to go with double-ball brass latches that are adjustable. You turn the screw to increase the tension (or go with a larger one). I went with 70mm ones for the large drawers under our sink and smaller ones for the silverware drawer.

The ones from Lee Valley are well made.
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Old 06-29-2023, 03:37 AM   #4
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Does the drawer come off the tracks when you pull it out all the way. If so, replace the orange Grey pieces at the back of the drawer. They hold the drawer on the tracks. We have a new airstream and our drawer in between the twin beds opened and came off the tracks on our last trip. After replacing the orange/Grey catches at the back of the drawer, it may open, but not come off the track.


I may look into the 10 lbs latches, since this drawer, if you have to slam the brakes on will come open.
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Old 06-29-2023, 11:07 AM   #5
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I had the same issue. Good solutions noted here - I installed a second catch, which solved the problem. I did the same with the bathroom cabinet mirror that would pop open every trip. One thing to look for on the kitchen drawer - mine actually damaged the drawer slide support bracing inside the cabinet from opening while in transit. So I also had to repair and beef that up in addition to adding a second catch.
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Old 06-29-2023, 06:19 PM   #6
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And then there is the temporary/lazy solution. I just put some blue painters tape on each side of the drawer while traveling. I used to use duct tape but it left a minuscule amount of gunk behind. The painters tape does the job and leaves nothing behind.
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Old 07-08-2023, 11:27 AM   #7
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kitchen drawer slides out

thanks for the different suggestions. It was the orange colored catch under the drawer. Our local Airstream dealer sold me a pair for $5. There are two screws that hold each one on so even I novice like myself can make this repair.

Very happy wife now that the silverware drawer doesn't fall on her foot.

Thanks again,
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Old 06-14-2024, 12:31 PM   #8
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thanks for the different suggestions. It was the orange colored catch under the drawer. Our local Airstream dealer sold me a pair for $5. There are two screws that hold each one on so even I novice like myself can make this repair.

Very happy wife now that the silverware drawer doesn't fall on her foot.

Thanks again,
Were the orange tabs not lining up or was there just not enough tension to keep the draw from going off the rail? Iím having the same issue. The orange tabs fit into the slots but a small tug will dislodge them.
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Old 06-15-2024, 07:59 AM   #9
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Were the orange tabs not lining up or was there just not enough tension to keep the draw from going off the rail? Iím having the same issue. The orange tabs fit into the slots but a small tug will dislodge them.
Shiny16, I found the plastic tabs on ours lost their sharp edge to stay locked in. Once that happens they donít have the strength to hold the drawer to the slide.

I bought a bunch of spares and carry some with us because the large galley drawers kept ending up on the floor even after I added the brass double-ball latches.

I fixed it for good by installing push button latches like the ones Airstream uses on the Interstate motor coaches. Wish Airstream used them on the trailer line as well!
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Old 06-15-2024, 08:50 AM   #10
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i replaced most of the cheap plastic latches with the double-ball brass latches
they work very well

they come a various sizes from very small to large
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Old 06-15-2024, 06:44 PM   #11
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thanks for the different suggestions. It was the orange colored catch under the drawer. Our local Airstream dealer sold me a pair for $5. There are two screws that hold each one on so even I novice like myself can make this repair.

Very happy wife now that the silverware drawer doesn't fall on her foot.

Thanks again,
Our silverware drawer catches came loose because the screws were too small...all four were stripped. I replaced them with larger screws that bit into the wood much better. You might consider that when you install your latches.
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For less work, I have added some sticky back velcro on the face frame of the cabinet and the drawer face. This along with taping the drawer closed with gaffer tape has worked just fine for us at this point.

Also did this on the curved under sink cabinet in the kitchen. Again, it works pretty well and was easy and simple
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My one kitchen draw keeps opening. Anyone know how many pounds “pull” the catch is? I see 10 pound ones on Amazon. I’m not sure if that’s an upgrade. Would just adding a second one help?
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Shiny16, I found the plastic tabs on ours lost their sharp edge to stay locked in. Once that happens they donít have the strength to hold the drawer to the slide.

I bought a bunch of spares and carry some with us because the large galley drawers kept ending up on the floor even after I added the brass double-ball latches.

I fixed it for good by installing push button latches like the ones Airstream uses on the Interstate motor coaches. Wish Airstream used them on the trailer line as well!
Thanks Jeff. I think thatís what is happening with mine. Where do u find the push buttons?
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Thanks Jeff. I think thatís what is happening with mine. Where do u find the push buttons?
Yep, I tried the stronger plastic latches, brass double-ball latches but when you get them tightened up all the way you have to put your foot on the cabinet to pull it open; not very convenient.

Foobar on the forum found these push button latches and had them installed. I got mine from Defender, a marine supply house. Itís all here in this post.

Scroll down to #18 to see my installation. It wasnít hard, just had to figure out where to drill the hole. I made a duplicate drawer front out of scrap plywood to use as a Guinea Pig / template.

Hope that helps Shiny!
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Yep, I tried the stronger plastic latches, brass double-ball latches but when you get them tightened up all the way you have to put your foot on the cabinet to pull it open; not very convenient.

Foobar on the forum found these push button latches and had them installed. I got mine from Defender, a marine supply house. Itís all here in this post.

Scroll down to #18 to see my installation. It wasnít hard, just had to figure out where to drill the hole. I made a duplicate drawer front out of scrap plywood to use as a Guinea Pig / template.

Hope that helps Shiny!
Thanks Jeff!
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Cabinet latches

We had the kitchen drawer open and damage the slides on our first trip with our new globetrotter. Added this to my JC list and they installed extra heavy additional latches. They also added a short strap with a snap to the bathroom mirror to keep it from opening in transit. Tech suggested that instead of an additional latch. Just returned from 3500 mile trip both worked great.
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