How to put on a door stop? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 05-21-2008, 04:12 PM   #1
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I have recently acquired a 13 ft 1975 Trillium. The door is in very good shape but there is nothing to stop it from swinging open too far. It looks like it would put quite a bit of strain on the hinges if it swings until the bumper edge stops it. So I'm looking for a way to put on a restraint and I was wondering what solutions other people have found.

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Old 05-21-2008, 04:34 PM   #2
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Hi Rene,

I know on our old camper we had a rubberized doorstop that would catch and hold the door when it was opened. This is what it looked like:
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:13 PM   #3
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Hi Rene,

I know on our old camper we had a rubberized doorstop that would catch and hold the door when it was opened. This is what it looked like:
Camper Door Stop

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That looks good but that would require putting screws into the fiberglass. I don't know if the fiberglass can take screws. The only examples I can find also involve wood that is already imbedded in the fiberglass. Is there another thread somewhere that explains how to fasten things?
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:18 PM   #4
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You could rivet them on like many parts are that are attached to the trailer but I don't know if the fiberglass/rivet combination would be strong enough - just doing an intro with rivets right now myself.

Someone else will probably know.
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:30 PM   #5
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Would something like this work?
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from this topic: Installing a Scamp Door Hold Back, Maybe I'm being too picky?
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Old 05-21-2008, 05:32 PM   #6
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IMHO: There are a lot better systems to use than that particular one for securing a door on an r/v! That one is prone to rusting and the rubber WILL fail with age and exposure to the elements. ....and we here on the Wet Coast know all to well how NASTY these elements can be RIGHT!!

I see Donna has beaten me to the punch on the reply but her appended pic is much more like the one I'd use.

Whichever system you use, I'd advise accessing the insides of the trailer wall (where you plan to attach the mount on, usually below the belly band) and fiberglassing in/on a small piece of plywood. This should be thick enough to allow decent peneteration of a screw OR pop rivit! The screw/rivit isn't as apt to pull/work loose.

Off topic a bit, but I'm wondering where all these 'new' glass eggs are popping up from here on the coast, LOL!!

You people all really need to come to our next meet this Sept @ The Fort campground in Ft.Langley
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Old 05-21-2008, 06:10 PM   #7
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lol, well, sounds like Rene was lurking at your May one as he sent me some pics of an awning he saw there =)

My wife and I have discussed the fall one but as I will probably be coaching my son's soccer team again I may have to 'volunteer' someone to coach on the Saturday.
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Booker....what's it gunna take to get ya to come over this side of the pond??

Never mind sir!!! Your time IS better spent doing the coaching stuff you do do. I am envious of you having the time (and effort) to make that sort of commitment to our youth. for being 'there'.
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If I were putting on the kind like Christine's, I would use the plastic version instead of the metal. When the wind blows a little, the metal ones make more noise.

The photo is a stop made by Nevin Lescher from a strut sized exactly to hold the door at 90 degrees or closed.
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At the Oregon Gathering, I spotted a trailer where someone had glued a small magnet on the trailer for the door stop, right at the "T". Kept it from rattling and flopping around when traveling too. Someone else had cut a small piece of tubing and slipped it over the long part of the stop, same thing... no rattle.

Egg gatherings are great place to see how people come up with simple solutions to problems!
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:36 AM   #11
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I might be missing the mark with my reply, but on our 16ft U-Haul VT, to keep the door open so only the screen is used, I just used a velcro strip on the body, and another on the door. Yesterday when I was loading the egg and making up the bed, I hadn't secured the door and the wind caught it - the velcro square took hold, and it never moved again until I closed it up for the night!

No holes in the FG and holds tight in the wind.

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Wow, thanks for all the suggestions.
Does anyone know if the door on a Trillium is hollow?
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Off topic a bit, but I'm wondering where all these 'new' glass eggs are popping up from here on the coast, LOL!!

You people all really need to come to our next meet this Sept @ The Fort campground in Ft.Langley
Yes, I'd really like to go to one of those meets with my trailer. I did visit the one a couple of weeks ago, but I wasn't ready to camp with it yet. When is the next SWBC egg meet?

I will post pictures and history soon.
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When is the next SWBC egg meet?
.......as the song goes "....see you in September....."

Trillium doors are hollow!
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