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Old 10-25-2011, 01:29 PM   #1
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2 simple problems with likely simple solutions

1. I have a 5er with a front shower etc.. The door always comes open traveling.
I am guess there is enough torsional play on the body that the latch comes undone.
Will readjusting the strike plate work or do I need something more serious?
For now I have it Duct taped as I am heading out.

2. This is my second Scamp and they both have had problems with the screws/nuts that hold the range top down..(Same here,, good ole Duct tape for now)

JB Weld a new nut in place?
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Old 10-25-2011, 02:12 PM   #2
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1. I have a 5er with a front shower etc.. The door always comes open traveling.
I am guess there is enough torsional play on the body that the latch comes undone.
Will readjusting the strike plate work or do I need something more serious?
For now I have it Duct taped as I am heading out.

2. This is my second Scamp and they both have had problems with the screws/nuts that hold the range top down..(Same here,, good ole Duct tape for now)

JB Weld a new nut in place?
The problem with the door latch seems most commonly to be related to the latch not fully extending, After closing the door press the handle inward until you hear it "click". then always lock the door before proceeding down the road. Locking the door will prevent the handle from retracting the latch when you strike a bump.
Scamp will soon be adding a deadbolt lock in addition to the present latch/lock. The addition of such a deadbolt will prevent accidental opening when used. Some Scamp owners use a storm door deadbolt with good success. I always used the method described above and I have never had my door open in transit.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:51 PM   #3
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"The problem with the door latch seems most commonly to be related to the latch not fully extending, After closing the door press the handle inward until you hear it "click". then always lock the door before proceeding down the road. Locking the door will prevent the handle from retracting the latch when you strike a bump.
Scamp will soon be adding a deadbolt lock in addition to the present latch/lock. The addition of such a deadbolt will prevent accidental opening when used. Some Scamp owners use a storm door deadbolt with good success. I always used the method described above and I have never had my door open in transit."

Why would you need a dead bolt on a shower door? Seems like overkill.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:07 PM   #4
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"The problem with the door latch seems most commonly to be related to the latch not fully extending, After closing the door press the handle inward until you hear it "click". then always lock the door before proceeding down the road. Locking the door will prevent the handle from retracting the latch when you strike a bump.
Scamp will soon be adding a deadbolt lock in addition to the present latch/lock. The addition of such a deadbolt will prevent accidental opening when used. Some Scamp owners use a storm door deadbolt with good success. I always used the method described above and I have never had my door open in transit."

Why would you need a dead bolt on a shower door? Seems like overkill.
I may be mistaken but I thought Earl was referring to the entry door.
The shower door seldom has such a problem, but you make a good point, I can see why you might read it that way

...Earl?

Just in case... check the shower latch and striker for full spring movement and latch to striker overlap, if it seems adequate then snug the screws to be sure of removing any slop in the mechanism. If all seems well then wiggle the knob after shutting to be sure the latch is centered.
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Hi: All...I always lock the door when I'm in the shower. You just never know who might pull up along side and want a "Lookie Loo' in the Escape 5.0!!!
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:14 PM   #6
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Yes I am talking about the shower door.. Engagement is minimal, if others don't have the problem I am guessing a shim behind the striker will take care of it.

Anyone wanting a look at me in the shower I say "Go ahead"" (They really have to be sick.)

How about the range top screws? Since I have only had 2 Scamps and they both have the same problem, I am guessing others have had it too, and probably an ez fix out there I am not aware of.
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