Yes the spring loaded handle on the outside broke on the inside. Hmm.
Thankfully it popped open-- but the outside latch was no good.
On the inside of the door, there is an easy access panel. First I had to remove the deadbolt cover and the inside door handle cover, and then the four screws.
It was dark by now and there wasn't a whole lot we could do. But we had to figure out how to close the door (without latching it).
The solution we came up with was a bungee cord. I waited until the next morning to take a picture.
The next morning we got a fresh start on it and proceeded to take get some more tools and see what we could find. The piece was obviously broken and beyond repair. We needed a new part or door handle.
We called Tiffin Service Center and had to order a whole new door handle. I gave them our year, make and model plus our VIN number and thought $31.95 was completely reasonable.
Then we had to wait for the package to arrive but there was no delivery on Presidents' Day. So each time we left the coach we had to reach in and hook up the bungee cord which pulled the door shut.
After a few days, finally the package arrived and we got to work.
The key to getting the unit in place was removing the clasp/springs that attach to the end of 1 horizontal and 2 vertical adjustment rods.
We called the Tiffin Service Center and got some ideas and help. But progress was slow and methodical. But we made it this far...
Now the only thing left was to get the keyless lock system working correctly. Hmm....
After a while at trying different things, Pam saw that the screws were not tightened. I fastened them down and gave it a try. That was the magic final adjustment.
The latch and the catches all seemed to work with the proper tension. Except after a couple of times opening it, the inside clasp/spring was getting hung up on some molded metal. I decided to sand it down and smooth it out so it wouldn't snag.
Here's a photo of my engineering modification using my Dremel:
Presto! It all worked. The latch, the automatic locks and the keyless entry!! It was a little surprising to us but a definite milestone in repair and maintenance skills.
That's a look at our latest maintenance challenge and this edition of the Roadrunner Chronicles! Thanks for joining us! Until next time...
With bungees and duct tape, almost all jobs can be tackled :-)ReplyDelete
I think I need to save this post for the inevitable :) Thanks for the tutorial!ReplyDelete
Having a Dremel tool ranks right up there with duct tape and WD-40! All three have saved my bacon at one time or another. :c)ReplyDelete
A job well done! I bought our Dremel tool just before we began FTing and I love it.ReplyDelete
Job well done!ReplyDelete
Jim loves his Dremel. You guys would be lost without it and bungee cordst. When our lock broke we were locked in and Jim had to climb through the escape window. Life can get interesting.ReplyDelete
Great mod! Just went to a seminar that no RVer should be without a collection of various sizes and types of bungee cords. I guess he knew what he was talking about:)ReplyDelete
Motorhome owner requires degrees in Plumbing, Electrical, Gas fitting, Diesel engines, Carpentry, Steel worker, Fiberglass worker, Painter.......... Surely I'm missing something.... Oh well, you understand....LOLReplyDelete
Received our "Happy Camper" on Saturday for the "preventative maintenance" on SeaLevel II. Now I have to be gentle with the door latch. ;) But if it breaks, I have this blog post. Thanks!ReplyDelete
Whew! Necessity is the mother of invention!ReplyDelete