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Old 07-28-2019, 05:04 AM   #1
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Entry Door Leash

Fellow Streamers,
Simple question and hopefully simple solution(s).

Im looking to stop the entry door from accidentally fully opening and slamming into the body.

Any ideas/pictures would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks for taking the time to ponder.
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Old 07-28-2019, 05:08 AM   #2
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Sorry, Bruce, could not resist . . .



Any leash will get in the way, and have its own associated risks IMO. Opening the main door, especially in windy conditions, is one item of "intentionality" which the entire family has to master ASAP. Removing keys from the main door first is also important obviously!

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Old 07-28-2019, 05:43 AM   #3
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I simply drill 2 - 1/4 holes in the bottom corners of the rain diverter on the top of the door. Put a bungee cord across fastened in the 2 holes.
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Could you provide more details/photos please? How does your rig work to prevent the door "from accidentally fully opening and slamming into the body." [per OP]

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Old 07-28-2019, 02:49 PM   #5
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These gizmos latch, hold open and have prevented any slamming damage.

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Old 07-29-2019, 02:01 PM   #6
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are you asking for while traveling or while parked ?
for traveling http://www.airforums.com/forums/f381...tml#post588027
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Old 07-29-2019, 02:07 PM   #7
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Basically when I switched from popup to AS, I learned about AS camping all over again cauz almost both campers are not identical. my popup had the springs like you see for screen doors at homes. I do not think it is possible to have the springs for AS door becasue it will scratch the door frame or the exterior wall. I learned to be careful when I open the $800 door and secure it on the door latch and use the screen door.
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Old 07-30-2019, 04:24 AM   #8
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Dremel,
When we are parked.

I am looking for some device that will keep the door from completely opening - unless I want it to.

On SOB, they have “friction doors” which is the action I’m looking for.

Halford1, we had a ’84 Coleman Sequoia, so I know exactly the spring you are referring to. It was plastic coated and worked great - just like the rest of the popup. Kept that for 25 years.
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This is what I use. Simple but effective.
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Old 07-30-2019, 07:33 PM   #10
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Thanks Steve. I assume your bungee is intended to be put on from the outside, after you have left the trailer? We also use a bungee for insurance for our FC20 "Suicide Door" opening while towing. I assume that you don't open the main door from the inside with this arrangement, as the bungee's metal hooks would bind on, and scratch, the main entry door.

From the title of this thread [and the headline in the OP -- "Entry Door Leash"], I had assumed that Bruce was looking for something inside the trailer, "to stop the entry door from accidentally fully opening and slamming into the body."

Maybe you could each clarify and comment?

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Old 07-31-2019, 04:20 AM   #11
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Yes, the leash would be installed on the inside.

Normally, when we step in, the door is opened way. We then close the door behind us. SOMETIMES the door opens more than way and continues to fully open and latch. We are then forced to go back outside to unlatch the door and enter again.

Ok, not a big deal in the AS universe but, for those of us with limited mobility, it becomes an added painful chore.

So Im looking for something to attach to the INSIDE of the door to limit the door swing.

Sorry for the confusion.

Thanks again for your input/ideas.
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It would seem that anything stretchable like a bungee cord would not work after it reached the 90 degree angle. The door would just flop open. A non- stretchable cord, chain, etc. could probably keep the opening angle to under 90 degrees and work.
But this might limit your accessibility and ease of entry to some degree.
seems there is no real fool-proof solution
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It would seem that anything stretchable like a bungee cord would not work after it reached the 90 degree angle. The door would just flop open. A non- stretchable cord, chain, etc. could probably keep the opening angle to under 90 degrees and work.
But this might limit your accessibility and ease of entry to some degree.
seems there is no real fool-proof solution
First, replace the tiny handle on the screen with a substantially bigger one... one that you can grab with your whole hand. That may be a solution by itself. If not, make a loop of 1 inch wide nylon webbing and attach it to the handle. Fabric and hobby stores sell it. Brightly colored is a good idea. It can be closed by sewing in place, sewing 2 to 3 inches of velcro onto each end, or using 2 to 3 snaps... which are installed very like bucking rivets. (Or go ugly and tie with a knot.) This grab loop may be all you need. If not, install a stout hook on the inside wall or a counter near the door, measure the strap length so that it fits between the handle and hook and holds the door at 90 or a bit more and voila. FYI nylon strapping ravels, so singe the ends with a lighter, and you can even create grommet holes with a soldering iron that will fit over the hook. Need to open fully? Just unhook it.
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Old 07-31-2019, 05:40 PM   #14
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Would something like these work. On my 23FB, the door fully open prevents one window from be used and blocks view. Thinking of a solution, as well.
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Old 08-01-2019, 02:20 AM   #15
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Yes, the “leash” would be installed on the inside.
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Thanks, Bruce, for the confirmation.

Ditto to this:
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. . . seems there is no real fool-proof solution
. . . which is why I said earlier:
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Any leash will get in the way, and have its own associated risks IMO. Opening the main door, especially in windy conditions, is one item of "intentionality" which the entire family has to master ASAP.
. . .
Paula's suggestions for the nylon webbing, in Post #13, seem useful and well thought out IMO. There may be an available dog leash which could be modified to connect the door to a "stout hook" on the interior [near the door's hinge edge]. Once inside safely, this leash could be easily taken off to let the door open 180.

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