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Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT!

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Regular shots of silicon spray on the handle pivots and latches helps the mechanisms stay lubricated and last longer. Slamming the doors, . . . . . NOT!

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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.


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zigzagrv wrote:

ependydad wrote:

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.


Are you sure it's not one of the high quality, sure to break, LIPPERT overpriced slam latches? In which case $40 would be a bargain.

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There is no brand name anywhere on the lock....only'Made in China'

HERE is a link to the lock on Amazon.

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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.

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I had this happen to the latch on the door where the propane is after driving to Alaska over lots of road construction. Since the propane tank is open underneath, I think all the fine dirt got in the latch making it difficult to open. I finally forced it open and the stiker broke. Fortunately I had an extra latch when I replaced the unlocking fuel door with a locking latch so I was able to replace it. Because it was open underneath I was able to remove the latch from the backside of the door. Don't know how I could have done this if it were on one of the closed compartments.

I should get a spare in case I have a repeat. There are 3 compartments which are open underneath.


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zigzagrv wrote:

Chum lee wrote:

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)

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zigzagrv wrote:

Chum lee wrote:

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.

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zigzagrv wrote:

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.

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