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Old 06-08-2015, 11:13 PM   #1
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Hi everyone! I finally got my '84 Scamp redone and on the road for the first time. When I opened the door at my stop, I realized I have more work to do on the cabinets. Needless to say, things were everywhere! The hinges on the closet door actually lost the screws and the whole door came off. What do you use to help keep cabinets closed tightly? I am considering toddler latches of some kind but would like your input.
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Old 06-08-2015, 11:37 PM   #2
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Things inside the cabinets banging against the door cause the problems. Stop the stuff from banging against the doors and no more problems. I have had my Scamp for 10 Years with close to 100,000 miles on it, some it over gravel washboard. I have plastic containers in the overhead cabinets to contain small items. Stuff in tight in the closet so it doesn't bang around. The refrigerator has refrigerator bars to keep stuff from banging into the door.
That slowing down has prevented stuff from cabinets from ending up on the floor and there's been zero damage to the doors or hardware.
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Old 06-09-2015, 04:00 AM   #3
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Went to these, so far so good.

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Old 06-09-2015, 10:52 AM   #4
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Yes, this is an issue with both old and new trailers. It's frustrating that stronger, more efficient locks don't come with the new trailers. I'm still looking for the solution I want to install with minimum drilling.

Take a look at this thread Cabinet & Drawer latches for some solutions others have come up with. You can do your own search on this forum. Simply go to the "Search" bar, drop down to the "Google Search" and enter the words cabinet latch. There you will find other's solutions/suggestions.

When we traveled in New Zealand in a "caravan" camper, similar to a VW bus, the cabinets had the push-in (lock) pull-out (unlock) knobs and they worked great. As for me, I would rather have a retro look to my cabinets or a hidden latch system.
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Old 06-09-2015, 12:42 PM   #5
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Thank you all! You have given me some nice options!
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Old 06-09-2015, 03:59 PM   #6
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I had an issue with the screws loosening and doors falling off with my Scamp. Screws don't hold well forever in partial board. I made new doors of wood, then reused the original catches, I've had no problems.
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Old 06-14-2015, 05:13 PM   #7
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Here's my solution to the 3 cabinet doors over the kitchen in my 13 Scamp.
The is felt on the back side so as not to scratch the doors.
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Old 06-14-2015, 07:03 PM   #8
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Here is what I did: Cabinet doors stay shut now

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Old 06-14-2015, 07:59 PM   #9
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Here's my solution to the 3 cabinet doors over the kitchen in my 13 Scamp.
The is felt on the back side so as not to scratch the doors.
GREAT idea Joy for those that have knob pulls.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:43 PM   #10
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Found them at Home Depot online. I confess to splurging a bit - but really like the look. Have yet to have one pop open on its own. Put them everywhere except for a couple magnet latched doors that so far have not opened up.

Deb - it looks like you are discovering there are a range of options for keeping things where they belong while rolling down the road. I think the bottom line is the sorts of roads you like to travel. Rough & bumpy calls for more strenuous solutions, such as Joy's.
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Old 06-16-2015, 12:39 AM   #11
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Thanks again everyone! I love all of the ideas. I have found that, as Dennis said, the screws don't hold in the particle board. I may have to replace doors eventually. My most recent "chick fix" was to drill all the way through the fiberglass to use a bolt through the hinges on the closet door. Still won't fix the problem of screws in particle board, but it is a start. Going on a test run this weekend. Stay tuned. I'll let you know how they worked.
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Old 06-16-2015, 02:47 AM   #12
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Old 06-16-2015, 07:19 AM   #13
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I have a bungy cord covered in bunting flag that I use. A little hole drilled in either end to hook the bungy to. The bungy system was in place when I bought the trailer last year. I covered it in bunting flags to match my new decor. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-16-2015, 07:32 AM   #14
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I am just curious, as I have not finished my Trillium yet to try them out, but are most people using sprung cabinet hinges that hold tension on the cabinet door in the closed position? They even help close the door. Like these that I was going to get from Leevalley?
Standard Steel Door Hinges - Lee Valley Tools

Do I need some sort of secondary 'door latching' system as these are not enough?

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