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Old 10-25-2015, 06:53 PM   #15
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Keep Trailer Cabinet Doors closed

I've had my 13' Scamp for 10 years and over 20.000 miles. Some on rough gravel roads. No latch or door opening problems except for one door. The reason is put stuff in plastic boxes that keep the stuff from hitting the inside of the doors. Without stuff hitting the inside of the door there no reason for them to open.
Along with the cabinet doors I use "refrigerator" bars to keep all the stuff in the fridge from hitting the inside of the door. A friend complained that he broke the fridge latch and stuff was all over the floor. With the bars pushed back so stuff doesn't move around I've haven't had any problems.

There's usually a simple solution to most Scamp or other travel trailer problems.
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You mean these fridge bars?
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We just bought our scamp this weekend used from a very sweet couple. It never occurred to me the doors would open. I haven't had anything in mine yet but I appreciate the warning. I thought everyone was looking for ways to make it easier to open the cabinet doors and drawers. I have a heck of a time getting them open. It hadn't occurred to me the other possibilities. Thanks for the warnings.


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Old 10-25-2015, 11:30 PM   #18
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My 2 cents:
We rented a camper in New Zealand, for 2 weeks, which was several years old. My assumption is that it was used heavily by a variety of tourists over the years. The cabinet door latches are exactly like the ones you show for the Casitas. We found them to be very reliable and easy to use. In my Scamp I have bungee cords galore when we are on the road. I would be so happy to have reliable knob/latches on all my doors. So, if the Casitas-type latches were installed by me, would I be avoiding the incorrect installation of the Casitas manufacturer?

One question: How can I keep the ice-box door closed without bungees?
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Fitting Casita cabinet latches in a Scamp

When we first got our used Scamp, the closet door wouldn't stay closed. It turned out to be a misaligned roller catch, probably from the factory. I rotated the door upside down and reinstalled the hardware. Problem solved. Other than that, no issues with cabinet doors coming open. We don't put in the kind of miles Byron does, but once a year we do take it down a rough dirt road to a local lake. Everything stays in its place.

I agree that using organizers to keep stuff from moving around is helpful. Here's what we are using:
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Gilda, I'm assuming you have the same icebox we do. Ours is quite tight. I haven't looked at it closely, but I wonder if there might be a way to adjust the roller latch.
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Old 10-26-2015, 12:09 AM   #20
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I thought the Casita latches were good too, ... until I read these comments.
The other thing I liked on the Casita, was that their upper cabinet doors were hinged at the bottom, so when you open them, stuff does not fall out to the floor.
But we've learned how to stow the stuff so it doesn't shift while traveling.

As to the latches: I replaced the original catches that had sharp edges with ones that won't draw blood if you brush against them.
The original, sharp edged, metal, door knobs were replaced with rounded wooden knobs.
I prefer the hinges at the top so that I don't have to reach over the door get something or look over the door to see it.
I agree about the sharp knobs however and I replaced them soon after purchase.
We couldn't find ready made knobs which we liked so these were made from hardware parts...
knurled nuts like those for a sliding T bevel square.
repainted handles for outside faucets
compression fitting nuts
and brass screws, nuts and washers.

The latches are sharp but effective, so we just learned to avoid brushing up against them!
Like you I have always seen these minor problems as opportunities to make the trailer fit and personalized.
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My 2 cents:
We rented a camper in New Zealand, for 2 weeks, which was several years old. My assumption is that it was used heavily by a variety of tourists over the years. The cabinet door latches are exactly like the ones you show for the Casitas. We found them to be very reliable and easy to use. In my Scamp I have bungee cords galore when we are on the road. I would be so happy to have reliable knob/latches on all my doors. So, if the Casitas-type latches were installed by me, would I be avoiding the incorrect installation of the Casitas manufacturer?

One question: How can I keep the ice-box door closed without bungees?
I have never had a door come open or used a bungee cord on any cabinet. Simply squeeze the latch until it is snug.
If the latch is not sufficient on the Icebox, you could simply install a small piece of aluminum angle at the top of the door with a small hole drilled through it and into the top of the door to accept a pin to hold it closed.
Another choice would be a velcro strap placed about half way up, or...
how about a small barrel bolt fit on the cabinet with a hole in the door edge to accommodate it.
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Go here for every kind of knob, latch, hinge - anything.
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You mean these fridge bars?
Wont happen if installed properly. The have to be tight against the stuff in fridge and stuff tight against the back. <_<
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I prefer the hinges at the top so that I don't have to reach over the door get something or look over the door to see it.
I agree about the sharp knobs however and I replaced them soon after purchase.
We couldn't find ready made knobs which we liked so these were made from hardware parts...
knurled nuts like those for a sliding T bevel square.
repainted handles for outside faucets
compression fitting nuts
and brass screws, nuts and washers.

The latches are sharp but effective, so we just learned to avoid brushing up against them!
Like you I have always seen these minor problems as opportunities to make the trailer fit and personalized.
When you turn those water facet handles where does the water come at?
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Wont happen if installed properly. The have to be tight against the stuff in fridge and stuff tight against the back. <_<
I was using them in a shallow cupboard full of canned goods.
I attached self-adhesive plastic 'buttons' to each side of the cupboard, cut a slit in the plastic caps at the ends of the bars so the buttons would nestle inside. I compressed the bars as much as possible to still fit them across the cupboard and then turned them a couple turns more, once the buttons were inside the ends.
And, then I drove a washboard road, picked the canned goods off the floor and tossed the bars in a junk bin.
Now I just run a bungee cord through the handles of three cupboards so they can't possibly open.
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Wow, guess I've been lucky as none of my doors have opened up during towing. Had a few cushions and things on them on the floor but the cabinets were still closed.
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When you turn those water facet handles where does the water come at?
From my eyes 'cause I'm overcome with joy at their beauty!
No really... they are not faucet handles, they are cabinet knobs!
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From my eyes 'cause I'm overcome with joy at their beauty!
No really... they are not faucet handles, they are cabinet knobs!
Hmmm they sure look like this. http://www.amazon.com/LASCO-01-5105-Outside-Faucet-Handle/dp/B000FH6F66
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