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Old 04-03-2007, 07:15 PM   #1
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My door handle on my Scamp flops and is loose... is that easy to fix..??. i fear of taking it apart and not getting it back on!!
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Old 04-03-2007, 09:08 PM   #2
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I have heard of several members (myself included) using screen door knobs. Mine went in easily and it was inexpensive and works great. For those that think they are not secure enough, I have a question: How long does it take to remove two hinge bolts?
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:31 PM   #3
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As I've been redoing the door hardware was wondering about the hinge bolt issue. Anyone had any break-ins with that method? Anybody got any unique solutions to secure it better?
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Old 04-03-2007, 10:43 PM   #4
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As I've been redoing the door hardware was wondering about the hinge bolt issue. Anyone had any break-ins with that method? Anybody got any unique solutions to secure it better?
Disconnect the GFCI and wire it up, wouldn't work with solar though.
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Old 04-04-2007, 06:10 AM   #5
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New door lock w/key from Scamp is less than $20. It's not difficult to change out. Two screws through the outside plate and four on the inside holding the lock mechanism on.
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Old 04-04-2007, 08:47 AM   #6
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David-I was thinking about a capacitor hooked to my 12volt battery. Painful but not lethal. Get up and wonder what the h*** hit you.
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Old 04-04-2007, 01:20 PM   #7
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David-I was thinking about a capacitor hooked to my 12volt battery. Painful but not lethal. Get up and wonder what the h*** hit you.
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Do you think its the cold, windy, snowy weather that makes us think these twisted thoughts? Maybe in summer we can post sunnier ideas.
Seriously, you could fill in the screw heads with epoxy and put a high temp locktite on the nut. They would need to grind out the epoxy or heat up the nut to remove the hinge. It wouldn't be the easiest way in the door any longer.
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Old 04-04-2007, 11:09 PM   #8
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File square bolt holes in the hinges, insert carriage bolts w/ round heads. Use aircraft nuts w/ nylon inserts on the inside.

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Old 04-05-2007, 08:30 AM   #9
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Newer Burros have a Hidden Hinge system. It works so well that even I can't find them

Actually, you can see them, but the door needs to be open to do so. They are on the inside and swing out from the coach at the door frame instead of from the body.

Don't really think it's too secure. Before I had them fixed so the door didn't sag, I used a crow bar to straighten the gap when it wouldn't open. All I had to do was apply a little more force and it probably would have ripped from the door frame and fell off.

My 13 had a floppy handle sometimes. This happened when the door was not closed properly and the dubiculous that went into the strike plate opening was not seated. The door mechanism was locked, but not fully seated. Have you checked that?
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I would't worry about anyone taking the door hinges off to get into a trailer. They'd be more likely to throw a rock through a window, trash the window to get in. Certainly would be faster! Or perhaps get in through an Egress vent.

Remember anything you do to the trailer to prevent bad things from happening, also needs to be dealt with by you when it comes time for repairs, etc.
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