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rbrand

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Posted: 11/08/11 01:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have tried to push it open. I'm sure if we pushed hard enough it would probably pop back. But I suspect it would damage the door as a gentle push does not work.


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Posted: 11/08/11 01:51pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I guess if you needed to get out, a little damage to the door finish would be the least of your concerns.

But if it concerns YOU, as I recall the simplest solution offered was simply bolting a piece of aluminum to the side of the handle hinge block, which prevented the handle from dropping into the notch on the side toward the door. You could still swing the handle that way, but it would not drop into the notch, and therefore swings easily back outward.


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Hi,

Let me know how much it costs to get the dints pounded out of the door. Ooops, I forgot--you are still inside, because you really can't get out by pushing. DAMHIK

If you are truly concerned, fill in the u-shaped part so the "handle" will not "lock" into place blocking the door shut.

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The Woodalls newsletter covered this potential a month or two ago. They had a couple of readers solutions. Maybe you can search and find the articles.

I looked at mine, and I am positive that I could simply push hard on the door, and the handle would lift up and out of the notch. So I have no worry about this and will not be doing any mod. Anyway, there are plenty of windows to get out of if necessary, not to mention the basement.



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Hum ... interesting. Never thought of anything like this ...


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I have just fitted a handle on the door of our truck camper that is designed to LOCK over the door with a special catch--for security !!!-----Pamala was worried we might get locked in by a smart a$$--------I just said I would go out through the fire exit in the roof.-------we never ever considered it with the handle on the 5er
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Funny, people use the handle for transport like that all the time but never think about them being in the camper when it's done that way. My camper has 2 doors, so I lucked out on that. But on some campers, I could see that being an issue.


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Posted: 11/08/11 04:29pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You COULD just round off the part of the hand rail holder so the rail could be pushed back easier. A simple fix if you are really worried.

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Luckily I had just brought my trailer home to pack it for the weekend. I just went out and tried it and the door opens easily from the inside. Almost no more effort than without the handle colsed over it.

You might have too much tension on yours.

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I think I would worry about someone folding up the stairs. That first step would be a duesy.

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Here's the solution...if/when this happens....
get on this forum....type, HELP!!! SOMEONE LOCKED ME IN OUR RV BY SETTING THE GRAB HANDLE AGAINST THE DOOR! I AM AT (give location)...I'm sure someone would rescue you!!! :-)


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