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Mongobird

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I just bought my first RV, which is a 2004 Itasca Meridian 34H. It was nice an clean, and I have been happy with it, except that rolling down the road the drawers and cabinets pop open and bang back and forth.

It appears that over the years several different latches have been used, and when I tried to duplicate the ones most recently installed, I found them to be useless.

The latches, like for can drawers, that use a thumb operated unlatch mechanism, appear to be all working fine. It's just all the others.

So what recommendations are there? Any one drive on rough roads and found the magic latch? It's difficult to always tell what works from the catalog description.

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A method we found to work was "child proof latches" for home use.
Catches
They arent expensive and they do work, but can be a nuisance when you want in.

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For cabinet doors that are a pair swinging to the left and right with handles in the middle, I use a mini-bunge cord (about 12-inches) to secure the handles together. (These are handy for other things such as securing items in the refrigerator, so I keep a supply on hand.)

For a cabinet door that is not one of a pair, I use a simple screen-door latch. Not elegant, but it is effective.

I have had no problem with drawers and have no suggestion there.

(My wife & I just finished our thanksgiving lunch of mushroom-tartlet appetizers, sweet-potato soup, baked oysters, and a medium-dry sherry. Not your usual thanksgiving fare, but we enjoyed it, just the two of us.)

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Thanks for a couple of good ideas/

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Contact Colaw RV Salvage in Carthage Missouri. They are beyond huge with inventory. Excellent chance you might find what you need as an exact match.

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On one of our trailers my wife came up with the idea of using velcro.
It worked great on the drawers.
No reason why it wouldn't work good on cabinet doors also

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Best return for your money is to ask a cabinet maker and possibly have him put proper hardware on the drawers. Ours have magnetic closure and secure latches and ball bearing rails, I was told. I never had need to inspect them and we never had a failure. Probably someone in the RVing community with experience can give type and mfg etc for the hardware but...

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Childproof latches for drawers. Get extras because on occasion you will forget they are on and will break them. Worked for us for years. No problem with cabinet doors.


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Or buy some quality latches and replace everything. Ours are going on 21 years old and none have ever come open when traveling. Neither have any drawers.

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Previous owners used velcro, bungies, even duck tape to secure drawers and doors while in transit, pretty unsightly not to speak of the wear on the finish of the wood cabinetry. After purchase we replaced a few latches from our drawers and cabinet doors that had failed, they were readily available on Amazon and Ebay. Bought a pack of them and now have a couple of spares, very easy to remove and install.

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