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So, I’m not sure this is an issue with our camper or if it’s campers in general. Occasionally, or deadbolt won’t go into the lock opening. Called Host the first time this happened and they said to lower or raise the rear right corner which did help. But this past week I kept the camper on the truck and the deadbolt wouldn’t go in the opening until I raised the right rear jack. Looking at the lock opening it looks like maybe it’s installed a little high. Or, it’s this a typical issue with campers.

Other that that and a tiny issue with the thermostat it’s been great so far.


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easy solution take off the striker plate and file or dremel grind the hole in the plate larger on the edge that's catching and reinstall.


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Buzzcut1 wrote:

easy solution take off the striker plate and file or dremel grind the hole in the plate larger on the edge that's catching and reinstall.


I thought about that. And might do it. I’m just curious if this is unique to my camper, Host campers with the door on the side, or to campers in general.

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wjlapier wrote:

Buzzcut1 wrote:

easy solution take off the striker plate and file or dremel grind the hole in the plate larger on the edge that's catching and reinstall.


I thought about that. And might do it. I’m just curious if this is unique to my camper, Host campers with the door on the side, or to campers in general.


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Ive had 2 host and never had this problem. I would just handle it yourself.


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I had to file and adjust the strike plate on my enclosed trailer but on none of my RV's.


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It will probably take weeks and $500 for a dealer to fix this. I recommend you do this easy adjustment.


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Its probably more common than you think. If it was me, I would have ground the plate the first time I had an issue. Probably add an extra 16th or 8th inch for good measure as long as it not wreaking the plate too much. Host takes pride in saying each coach is hand made. Some minor variation or settling is not surprising to me.


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Our 1200 was like that also. But adjusted the striker plate. Now the door shuts flush. Deadbolt works as it should.


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If that's the worst problem you've found with this camper you're doing well.

My sister turned on the water pump in their brand new travel trailer on the first trip out and it happily pumped a couple gallons of water out on the floor before they realized what was going on.

The RV manufacturing industry in general is sloppy and known for cutting corners to crank out as many units for the lowest cost.

Unless the camper is sitting perfectly on the jacks, there is going to be a little twist in the body of the camper. Some twist more than others, such as my Palomino which twists a LOT, to the point where the door will pop open if you get too far out of whack. Your host is probably pretty rigid but still twists a little.

That's why adjusting the right rear jack moves the lock plate enough to latch. Sometimes you're twisted one way, so you have to raise the jack. Sometimes you're twisted the other way, so you have to lower the jack. You could achieve the same result with the left rear jack.

However if this is a problem with the camper in the truck, all jacks raised, then you need to adjust the striker plate to make it work.

Should it have come from the factory working for what you paid? Sure, but most RVers have come to realize that perfection is never going to happen and take minor issues like this in stride, rather than quibble with the RV dealer over warranty, spending way more in time and fuel than the repair would cost.

Someone could make a perfect camper if they wanted to, but it would cost more than the rest, and people will gravitate to the cheaper alternatives. Seems most would rather complain that their cheap camper isn't perfect rather than buy a more expensive one that is.

* This post was edited 09/27/22 05:56am by mkirsch *


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