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Old 10-25-2015, 01:35 AM   #1
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Fitting Casita cabinet latches in a Scamp

I looked at a Casita trailer this summer and I liked the way their cabinet latches worked, no roller detents like the Scamp, but a positive internal latch with a push button actuator.
Has anyone tried using them in a Scamp? If so how difficult was the install?

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Old 10-25-2015, 01:54 AM   #2
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No personal experience, but I've seen a number of complaints that the Casita latches do not work very well, or at least they don't work for very long - they become very "finicky" and need to be replaced.

Hopefully, someone with actual, first hand experience will give their 2 cents worth - I would like to hear their experience.
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Old 10-25-2015, 02:08 AM   #3
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Old 10-25-2015, 02:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the video, but it seems kinda ridiculous that it's needed. Casita should either improve the latches, or replace with something different - it obviously is a known problem.

This issue is one of the minor things on my mind in making my choice between Scamp and Casita.
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:25 AM   #5
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Just trying to pass some info on Lyle. It may fix what the OP was asking about. I don't think any RV goes with hi tech items all around. Really doubt that the folks that built our molded rigs ever had any idea early on that they would be around 40+years later and still on the road . All have some draw backs in their designs/features and fittings. That was the biggest reason I bought a 17' Casita over a 16' Scamp or Casita....a flat door. Have read too many problems with the curved doors sealing and had a tug for well past the extra weight.
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Old 10-25-2015, 08:23 AM   #6
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Thanks for the video, but it seems kinda ridiculous that it's needed. Casita should either improve the latches, or replace with something different - it obviously is a known problem.

This issue is one of the minor things on my mind in making my choice between Scamp and Casita.
The reason for the spacer is that Casita is using fake wood panels for doors which is thinner than the thickness specified by the latch manufacturer. I had a 17 LD.
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Old 10-25-2015, 09:39 AM   #7
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Casita latches in a Scamp

I know of at least one other person that has installed Casita latches in a Scamp. The latches that Casita uses are actually good latches but they have gotten a bad reputation because of the way Casita has installed them with the wrong bezel ring which leads to the problems that many people have experienced. When we purchased our Casita in 2012 I hated the way the latches looked and worked so I used some connections that I had to locate the manufacturer and became a dealer for the latches and bezels. I replaced the bezel rings in our trailer 3 years ago and we are still using the original latches without any problems and they look 100% better than the "wobbly" knobs the way they came from Casita. If you have any questions you can PM me or visit our website Beetlefreak.com
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Old 10-25-2015, 10:32 AM   #8
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I had three failures in the first 3 months on a new 2014 Casita, I replaced all the doors with real wood and change to a positive turn type lock (similar to the hatch locks) and have had no problems. The Casita lock did not hold up to rough roads even though I added the shock kit and balanced the tires. The spacer may work but you have to wonder why Casita will not change. They make a great product but are very, very slow to adapt to anything new.
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Old 10-25-2015, 11:23 AM   #9
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Casita Latches

I looked at a used Casita 17 last week, and most of the cabinet latches didn't work....I think T@B also uses the same latch on one of their special models...
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Old 10-25-2015, 12:54 PM   #10
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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.
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We're going to face what cabinet doors and hardware to use when we re-fill our currently gutted Amerigo...good to hear this discussion, thanks all.
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Old 10-25-2015, 03:42 PM   #12
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I bought a 2008 Casita SD new. Of the 15 or 16 cabinet latches 2 have come apart 2 will not latch and 4 work intermittently. These latches are junk. I'm looking for replacements with positive open/close function such as a twist type blade lock.
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Old 10-25-2015, 04:51 PM   #13
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I just got home from another long road trip in my SD. Lower level doors opened all the time while driving. Mom (86) didn't notice the latches popped and broke off two knobs just by bumping them with her leg. the knobs are just a weak plastic. Took it to Casita the morning after we got home and they replaced the broken ones, fixed 3 others and gave me some spares.
No, I didn't go in for the knobs. My entry door kept sticking so badly, that I had to get a gentleman at Grand Canyon to open it for me. We thought we were going to be sleeping under the trailer there for a while!
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Old 10-25-2015, 06:42 PM   #14
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Has anyone tried using the latches that are used in earthquake prone areas? I found some online that require the cabinet to be pushed for the latch to unlatch. But jiggling and wiggling won't do it.


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