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Old 01-20-2010, 01:34 PM   #1
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Entry door needs shimmed

I've searched and can't find it, so I'll risk posting a new thread.

I have a 2007 23' Safari SE. The entry door is not exactly matching up with the catch post and as a result the door must be slammed pretty hard to close completely. It appears the door is low by 1/8 of an inch or there about.

For the life of me I can not figure out how to rectify this issue. Any insight would be most welcome.

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I've searched and can't find it, so I'll risk posting a new thread.

I have a 2007 23' Safari SE. The entry door is not exactly matching up with the catch post and as a result the door must be slammed pretty hard to close completely. It appears the door is low by 1/8 of an inch or there about.

For the life of me I can not figure out how to rectify this issue. Any insight would be most welcome.

Thanks
Mike Nicholson
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Mike.

The easiest test is apply some silicone spray the the striker pocket and the striker bolt.

If that doesn't help, then make another post and I will tell you how to make an adjustment from there.

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Old 01-20-2010, 02:43 PM   #3
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I agree with Andy. See posts 5 & 8 at http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...ock-59841.html
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:03 PM   #4
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I would make sure your door hinges are tight and that the stabilizers are not affecting the fit of the door.
If those two items are okay and you have lubed the pocket,you can adjust the striker bolt.
You will need to drill out pop rivet below bolt then turn the hex head at the end of bolt to loosen slightly. Take hammer and tap lightly in direction you believe striker bolt should go. shut door. if this helps tighten bolt and drill out hole and re-install pop rivet. The rivet keeps backer plate from falling off the back side if bolt is completely removed.
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In my case, the door was hanging lower than it's supposed to be (= you want to raise the deadbolt).

I simply shimmed by inserting a couple of thin nylon washers from Lowes/Home Depot. You make a slit to the washer and snap it in while you lift the door with your foot. It takes only a few minutes, easy.

Now, my door closes behind me by itself.
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Old 01-21-2010, 06:33 AM   #6
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Andy - Good suggestion and I have tried lubrication to no avail.

Clipper - Now that you mention it, the stabilizer do make it much worse. Too tight I guess. But it seems like they need to be that snug to stabilize the trailer.

Astroboy - where exactly did you place the washers?

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I recall a time when I had slightly "twisted the frame" on setup. Evidently I had too much weight being carried by the stabilizers while not having the unit level front to back and side to side. The door would not close properly. I searched high and low looking for an answer thinking it was a door alignment issue only to discover that by checking the level and releasing some of the weight from the stabilizers the solution was corrected. I now often check the door as a measure of the correct position of the trailer.
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Andy - Good suggestion and I have tried lubrication to no avail.

Clipper - Now that you mention it, the stabilizer do make it much worse. Too tight I guess. But it seems like they need to be that snug to stabilize the trailer.

Astroboy - where exactly did you place the washers?

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Modifying the location of the lock in the door, is looking for trouble.

Adding washers within the hinges, is again, asking for trouble.

You can easily, move the striker pocket to solve the issue.

The stabilizing jacks, are exactly that. They should never be used to "lift", as that will cause them to break, or bend.

Cinching them firmly, to stop the shell from moving as you walk thru the coach, is all that they are designed to do.

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Old 05-08-2010, 09:23 AM   #9
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I wanted to close out this thread and thank everyone who saved me from doing something stupid. The problem was the kids had the outriggers/stabilizers too tight, which was twisting the frame just enough to cause the misalignment in the door catch. Thanks again all.
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