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Topic: Exterior Grab Handle Mod - Don't Get Locked in!

Posted By: BurbMan on 07/29/13 07:20pm

Thought I would post this here since many types of RVs use this same folding grab assist handle.

I was surprised to read (here) that you could fold the handle forward against the RV (across the door) and actually trap somebody inside. It doesn't take much force to move the handle, the issue is that the door hits the handle very close to the pivot point and therefore has no leverage to move it.

I had the handle off to replaced the rubber grip portion and decided to see if there was a fix. What I did was take a cut-off wheel and cut some of the side corner off of the mounts to reduce the friction of moving the handle out of a door-blocking position.

Here is the original mount:

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Here is what it looks like after I have shaved off the side closest to the door:


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Note that I didn't cut into the profile that locks the handle in the open position. This won't affect the storage position or the stability ion the open position if you are careful with your cut. What it does is remove most of the friction and allows the bar to rotate from a position over the door to the open position.

After I got it back together I made a quick video showing how easy it is to open the door if somebody were to pull that prank. Sorry about the orientation , I thought I could fix that on You Tube.


I was shopping on eTrailer the other day and even they had a warning on their site about the potential to be trapped inside with this product. If you have one of these handles I would encourage you to make this (or some other) mod to avoid being trapped inside your RV.,


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Posted By: rockhillmanor on 07/29/13 07:32pm

The threads I read about folding that handle back seemed to be parents solution to keep small children from getting out. IMHO, JMHO a latch hook and eye etc on the inside seemed to me to be a more intelligent solution. Although someone did post that you 'can' still open the door from the inside with the bar folded over.
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Posted By: motorcycle jack on 07/29/13 07:51pm

I just open the window on the slide, reach out and pull the arm open...easy - peasy.


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Posted By: deleted-2 on 07/29/13 11:20pm

motorcycle jack wrote:

I just open the window on the slide, reach out and pull the arm open...easy - peasy.

^^^ ^^^
Ours is the same deal.

Good idea however for folks that could get trapped.






Posted By: Helmsey on 07/30/13 10:05am

We use it on our screen door to keep DD1 from accidentally opening it and taking a tumble down the stairs.
And due to the awning arm located next to the handle the only way it will fold down for travel is across the door.


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Posted By: 6.7 tow rig on 07/30/13 06:12pm

Thats_Ok wrote:

motorcycle jack wrote:

I just open the window on the slide, reach out and pull the arm open...easy - peasy.

^^^ ^^^
Ours is the same deal.

Good idea however for folks that could get trapped.


Yep same here


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Posted By: camperforlife on 07/30/13 06:43pm

If somebody ever does that to me, I'll, I'll.............I'll go out the other door![emoticon]


Posted By: 6.7 tow rig on 07/30/13 08:32pm

camperforlife wrote:

If somebody ever does that to me, I'll, I'll.............I'll go out the other door![emoticon]


Hilarious.... I posted above Id put my arm out the window, but hey I guess it would make more sense to go out the other door huh[emoticon]


Posted By: Rubber Ducky1 on 07/31/13 06:17am

camperforlife wrote:

If somebody ever does that to me, I'll, I'll.............I'll go out the other door![emoticon]

In case of a fire "the other door" might not be an option![emoticon]


Posted By: mowin on 07/31/13 06:33am

I'll open the patio/sliding door and move the handle...

To the OP... Nice simple fix...


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