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RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

There is no brand name anywhere on the lock....only'Made in China' HERE is a link to the lock on Amazon. Here you go, Fastec AKA Wesco......... $13.95 which means they cost about $1.50 or less to manufacture. Wow! Thanks for that! Guess I didn't go far enough in my search.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 05:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT! Chum lee There's a reason they are called 'slam latches', and are made to be closed without using the handle. As I have said before, when you close the door on mine, the striker pushes the bolt UP AWAY from the cam. The cam is there only to move the bolt up with the handle. Do what works for you. Thank you and yes, I'm very familiar with how the handles/strikers/latches work. Slam latches? I guess we went to different schools. Who is this "they" you refer to? (rhetorical question) Chum lee Rhetorical answer; the 'they' refers to the slam latches themselves. Read carefully.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 04:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

There is no brand name anywhere on the lock....only'Made in China' HERE is a link to the lock on Amazon.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 02:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT! Chum lee There's a reason they are called 'slam latches', and are made to be closed without using the handle. As I have said before, when you close the door on mine, the striker pushes the bolt UP AWAY from the cam. The cam is there only to move the bolt up with the handle.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 12:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

Another who haven't had issues, but since it sounds like replacing them is a pretty big hassle.. can you buy the replacement and then just salvage the parts? I'm not willing to pay $40+ to replace a 50 cent part. For the rest of my doors, it would cost me over $400.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 09:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Compartment Door Slam Latches

At first, I thought letting the door slam is what put stress on the cam. After taking it apart and watching it operate, slamming it shut does not involve the cam. The cam only comes into play when using the handle to open it. The cam itself is made from brittle pot metal which breaks at the pivot point.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 09:11am General RVing Issues
Compartment Door Slam Latches

Is anyone having a problem of the above slam latches breaking and not being able to open the compartment doors? I have had two of my twelve latches that have broken cams, which operate the lock bolt when you lift up on the handle. It is a difficult process to get the doors open, including drilling a hole in the bottom of the assembly and inserting a long, thin screwdriver to push the bolt up to open the door. There is no name on the latch assembly, other than 'Made in China', to find out who makes them. I did find a picture of a similar latch on the web and it appears to be made (imported?) by AP Products. However, there doesn't seem to be individual parts available for them. I ended up making a cam from steel (5/32" thick) for the first one that broke, which required a lot of time cutting and grinding it to shape. I have since had a second one break while on the road. This time I used aluminum stock to recreate it. New latches are available at prices for 40 bucks and up. However, they would have to be painted to match your color. Now, I have ten more to go. Let me know if anyone else is having a problem with these type latches and if you have found parts for them.
zigzagrv 01/10/20 08:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Coil on plug # 6 on Ford V10

I have the same year V10 on my 2003 class A and was not aware of #6 coil/plug going bad. I had to replace coil pack on #8 at around 85k miles. #6 plug is the front plug on the driver's side. If that is a common problem on Ford trucks (F350) I would suspect an air flow problem. On my class A there is nothing blocking airflow to the engine since there is more room to put the coolant tank, air intake, etc.
zigzagrv 12/31/19 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Is Socializing a Dying Thing in the RV Community?

Started noticing that'syndrome' about 10 years ago as DW and I were hiking on a well traveled trail in Glacier NP. Most would turn their heads or just look straight ahead as we passed as if we didn't exist. Mentioned it to my wife and she began to pay attention to it. In campgrounds, it became more prevalent since then. We recently spent 10 days in a campground with the same neighbors during that time. The only folks we talked to were the campground owners during that time. Even close encounters with other campers failed to elicit any response other than a quick 'hello' usually followed by a hurried departure. Began to think it was me.........nah! :h
zigzagrv 12/31/19 10:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Tablet Battery Charging

I use a Samsung cord that plugs into the 12v accessory receptacle (aka cigarette lighter).
zigzagrv 12/24/19 10:19am Technology Corner
RE: Tablet Battery Charging

My Samsung TAB A went a whole day (12 hours) with Co-pilot running without being charged. Charged it overnight. Battery life is very good on that tablet.
zigzagrv 12/24/19 10:19am Technology Corner
RE: Co-pilot for RV's App

Co-Pilot will allow you to custom build a complete trip with individual stops and routing preferences as you want and save. Co-pilot does not require a WIFI or cell connection to operate, only access to the GPS satellites. X2 Co-Pilot is my main GPS on my 8" Samsung tablet. Only costs $30 a year with free updates.
zigzagrv 12/21/19 07:24am Technology Corner
RE: Denali NP-probable shutdown 2020 season

I would not cancel a trip to Alaska because approximately half of Denali NP is closed. We spent 3 days at Teklanika and took the long 10 hour bus tour from there. It was a grueling trip and didn't se much of interest. Grizzlies, sheep, goats were seen, but were hundreds of yards from us. Teklanika is about 26 miles into the park, so that leaves about 18 more miles to see before the road closure. Really, there's not much more to see beyond that point that can't be found elsewhere in the state. If your goal is to see Denali Mountain, you can actually get better views driving through Denali STATE Park on the way to Talkeetna.
zigzagrv 12/21/19 07:13am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Lights on Toad Veh when Dolly Has 'em (wiring options)......

Here in Pa, the dolly lights are all that are required. Don't know about other states. Even though they're not required, I feel better having lights on the rear of the toad. I purchased LED magnetic lights from Harbor Freight for around 20 bucks, and made a dual 4-pin plug that plugs into a 6-4 pin adapter, as mentioned by someone earlier in this post, and run both off that plug.
zigzagrv 12/09/19 12:48pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Hydraulics??

A few years ago I replaced the accessory solenoid. I first noticed a problem with my power mirrors not working occasionally. Don't know if the hydraulic pump uses that solenoid. If you're lucky, could be that. You can get the solenoid at almost any auto parts store.
zigzagrv 11/29/19 09:53am Tech Issues
RE: Hydraulics??

Is this a new-to-you motorhome or has worked before but not now?
zigzagrv 11/28/19 07:10am Tech Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

We all have the same opportunities in this country. Not hardly. How not hardly? How so? Read this from Forbes. After reading the Forbes article, I came to the conclusion that non-profits and businesses are creating many NEW opportunities. The Declaration of Independence says our rights to Life, Liberty and the PURSUIT of Happiness (opportunity) come from our Creator. The key word therein is PURSUIT. You have to go after it, it ain't gonna fall in your lap.
zigzagrv 11/21/19 04:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Homeless migration to RVs creating problems

The homeless problem began in the late 70's early 80's when the ACLU sued several states and eventually petitioned the supreme court to rule on whether or not it was unconstitutional to keep someone against their will in mental institutions, providing they were not a threat to themselves or others. The outcome was that thousands of State Hospitals across the country were forced to release countless 'inmates' if they were deemed safe to be released into society. Some had family that could care for them, but many did not. As wards of the state, they had been cared for and treated for their illnesses, sometimes cruelly unfortunately, at the expense of the taxpayer, and most taxpayers had no problem with that or knowledge that their tax money was being used for that purpose. At the start of this problem there were non-profits such as churches and the Salvation Army who would provide food and shelter for these people, but they soon were overwhelmed by the sheer numbers. As these mentally ill began to be a 'blight' on city streets, especially in the winter months as they slept on sewer or steam grates on the sidewalks to keep warm, the northern cities began to bus many of them to other, warmer states. It was a temporary solution to that cities' homeless problem, but the beginning of the problem to the cities where they were being bused. Fast forward to today and we now see homeless people with many different reasons for why they are homeless, drugs being the main reason, with politicians without a clue as to what to do about it. We have had a cultural shift in this country where we feel we are no longer 'our brother's keeper' and expect governments to take care of the problem. We casually walk around the person sleeping on the sidewalk and basically refuse to acknowledge that person exists. The solution back before the 80's was the state hospital. The solution for today's crisis has yet to be discovered, though Rhode Island has made a great start in their program to get help for the drug addicted. As RI does, cities/states must get tougher on drug and other crimes and provide facilities, like RI, to properly treat the offenders and not let them continually go through the 'revolving door' of our criminal justice system.
zigzagrv 11/19/19 03:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2019 Toyota RAV4 FWD

I have been towing a 2006 RAV4 FWD (FRONT Wheel Drive) for several years on a Master Tow dolly with swivel pan. Simply drive on dolly, put in PARK, remove key (locks steering) tie down with straps and go. I do not have 'auto brake' on the RAV4, but if it requires the doors be closed to deactivate, then make sure the doors are closed and you're set to go. If you use a dolly without the swivel pan, the steering must be unlocked.
zigzagrv 11/18/19 10:17am Dinghy Towing
RE: Anyone interested in 83 Pace Arrow Tear down and Rebuild?

I have and use the original blue Ryobi router, which I believe was made to compete with the corded Roto-Zip, which I also have, and performs well in that role. So it was not meant to be a 'precision' router, which your new one appears to be. Very nice! Early on I recognized the base was a bit anemic and made a 3" base from clear plastic, which attaches to the round base with 3 clamps. The main criticism I have of the old one is the lack of precision in adjusting the depth of cut, which your new one does very well.
zigzagrv 11/06/19 06:44am Class A Motorhomes
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