Big trouble with my door - Fiberglass RV


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Old 08-23-2008, 06:02 AM   #1
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I have a trouble with my door i hope someone can help me with. The door opening on my '74 13' Boler is 9/16" wider at the bottom then at the top. I leveled it before i took the measurement. I checked all the shell for fiberglass rupture or something like that but didnt find anything. I have ti take the frame off from the shell this winter for complete restoration but i really would like to know how i can fix my door ploblem

Ty in advance

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Old 08-23-2008, 02:32 PM   #2
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Can you include a pic of the door and frame?

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I have a trouble with my door i hope someone can help me with. The door opening on my '74 13' Boler is 9/16" wider at the bottom then at the top. I leveled it before i took the measurement. I checked all the shell for fiberglass rupture or something like that but didnt find anything. I have ti take the frame off from the shell this winter for complete restoration but i really would like to know how i can fix my door ploblem

Ty in advance
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:00 PM   #3
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Im sure you have.... but just in case I'll ask...

Have you searched the forum yet?

There is a little discussion in here on doors, recurvng doors, realigning doors (hinge issue) etc etc.
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Old 08-23-2008, 04:12 PM   #4
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I had this happen with our Scamp. Over several years the gap at the bottom of the door increased to the point that I couldn't trust the original equipment latch to hold the door shut while enroute. I "fixed" the symptom of the problem by installing a dead-bolt house type door lock.

The real cause was revealed when I didn't slow down enough at a railroad crossing on a rural road in Kansas. The tongue of the trailer was bent up at about 20 degrees. Fortunately we were near a small town with a lumber/hardware store. I bought some timbers and ratcheting tie-down straps and made a sub-frame to correct the problem enough to complete our trip. I also noted the door wouldn't even latch now, and barely latch with the dead bolt.

Once home a welder friend and I jacked and pulled the frame back close to it's original shape and added reinforcing where it should have been stronger in the first place. Now the door has a constant gap dimension top-to-bottom and the original door latch works beautifully.

So, if you got lost in all my story telling above, if I had your trailer, I would check the frame.
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