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Posted: 03/21/22 09:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Regarding my pocket door...It does have a plastic strap with snap. Unfortunately the inner two screws fell out of the top track, so essentially the door is falling off the track, putting more pressure on the strap. I had someone install another strap near the bottom. He did such a crappy job, it may as well not be there.

The screw holes are impossible for me to access. I just wanted to see if anyone suggested a big thick door stop. Maybe I could glue two together, one on top of the other. I know I have to fix/tighten the door straps. But until I get to that.....


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I had this problem with my bathroom door. I shimmed out one of the hinges at the wall with business cards


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Had an epiphany last night. On the bathroom wall outside the bedroom door I could use a coat hook to hang a towel or jacket. I can use that coat hook to bungee the doorknob. Non invasive and solves two problems. I still plan on adjusting/shimming the strike plate but this just might work.

I thought of a magnetic door stop but on another forum someone said the magnet wasn't strong enough to hold the door. The doors are pretty light so it seems like it would hold, but that's what they said.


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I most definitely had this problem with my bathroom door. It was bowed inward right where the latch was. As we were going down the road on our inaugural trip the door sprung open and the door handle hit the awning out button perfect! This allowed the awning to start coming out going down the road ripping a hole in a brand new awning.
What did I do about it? I reported it to Forest River and they replaced both the awning and door. I turned in 18 issues with our 5th wheel and Forest River approved 16 of the problems. The other 2 problems could have been caused by me (they weren't). I was very happy with what they fixed or replaced.

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Balancing the trailer tires may make a difference.

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Mine has done that a few times so I just leave it all the way open and put something in the floor against the door to keep it open while traveling.

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RCMAN46 wrote:

Balancing the trailer tires may make a difference.


Unlikely, this is a result of bouncing up and down and the latch not engaging the strike plate deep enough.


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They make many decorative door latches, I just googled and found a ton of hits...

I would look into that fix... unfortunately the door opening may be a bit just too wide, or the door just bit too narrow to keep the striker in the plate ..


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Cummins12V98 wrote:

RCMAN46 wrote:

Balancing the trailer tires may make a difference.


Unlikely, this is a result of bouncing up and down and the latch not engaging the strike plate deep enough.


I can't imagine being in a fw going down the road. Probably like a Cat 7 earthquake.

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We travelled 1500 miles to home from Az in 2020 with my wife in the alpenlite. she thought it was awesome and enjoyed the ride. air hitch and trailer air suspension might be the reason. Not how we wanted to travel but no choice.

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