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Old 10-24-2014, 03:50 AM   #1
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31SL Door hard to shut

On our 2015 31SL the front door is very hard to shut. At first it shut pretty easy, but now it is hard to shut. You have to pull the handle open to shut it. The dealer said that is what you have to do on the redwoods. Anyone with similar problems?
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:53 AM   #2
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What a nonsense response from the Dealer! You should point out what kind of a jerk he is.
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Old 10-24-2014, 12:44 PM   #3
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A little spray silicone inside the mechanism and a little grease on the latch. If that doesn't work you may have to move the strike.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:09 PM   #4
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I use a little candle type wax on the striker plate & latch, much less mess than grease, & spray with silicone.
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Old 10-24-2014, 02:24 PM   #5
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On our 38gk they used the wrong screws on the striker plate and, of course, they didn't hold... o the striker plate wouldn't 'catch' it...

in our case the dealer (you know who that is here in DFW) just ignored my request to fix on four visits...

The lubrication helped, but had to go to the hardware store and get some larger countersunk screws that would hold it still...
now opens like a champ !
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:14 PM   #6
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Yes...we bought a 2015 Redwood 36RL and we have the same tried adjusting it but still no resolve here....very...very...annoying...will get it addressed again on our first annual inspection...
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Old 10-24-2014, 03:42 PM   #7
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We're having the same problem w/ our '14 36FB (we've adjusted the stricker plate to help) and yesterday it locked us out! We stepped out to walk the dogs and when the door shut, it locked! Fortunately my wife had stashed a key outside after reading on this forum some time ago that the door could do this! Otherwise we would have had to call a locksmith. Seems to me it's a cheap locking mechanism for such a luxury unit.
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:30 PM   #8
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I lube the lock with silicone about every month or so, just spray the striker plate and the latch and it closes with ease.
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Old 10-24-2014, 05:57 PM   #9
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I think it's a bit more complex than a simple adjustment and lube. The door was hard to close on our Redwood, I played with the striker plate and loosened it off, the door worked fine but I saw light and felt a breeze coming in. That may be fine for you southern folks but it's not acceptable for us northerners. I solved the problem by moving the striker plate to a "mid" position and I installed a piece of self adhesive foam insulation on the latch side of the door on the lip, it eliminated the breeze.

The other thing that happens is that depending on how the auto level system works (and what the campsite topography is) the side wall may flex a bit, I found in one campsite that the door appeared locked because it was so hard to pull the latch open. That's the reality of having an RV that moves from site to site.
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Old 10-24-2014, 07:14 PM   #10
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On our 31SL the the little rain gutter that goes around the top of the door was bent in to far in the top left corner and the door, would hit it every time you tried to open or close it. I took a piece of wood and a hammer and bent up enough to clear the door. Have not had a problem since.
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