Modifying brand new Scamp door latch? Help! - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-11-2018, 08:51 AM   #1
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Modifying brand new Scamp door latch? Help!

Hey All!

We have a brand new 13' Scamp, had it about a month. It has the newer style latches.

I'm the only one in the family who can close the door, the kids can't even open it. Honestly, it takes enough force to close that I'm worried about the long term stress on the latches and door frame.

I know people have shimmed the older style door latches to make them work better, but I'm not seeing how that will work with this setup. The actual latch lives inside the box covered in rat fur, so shimming the handle+plate back won't move the latch at all that I can see. Pictures below

It feels like maybe the other side of the door, on the catch, is where I should be focused? I've searched, but only found help for the older style handles. Has anyone made these newer handles more usable?


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Old 06-11-2018, 09:02 AM   #2
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Hey Ben...I have had the same problem. Check the screws on the latch plates. The should all be flat head screws. If they aren't, change them. Good Luck.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:08 AM   #3
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Looks like it's flat heads if this is the plate you are talking about:


The wear marks don't seem to have those catching on anything or even close.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:46 AM   #4
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1. I would not do anything that I could not undo. In another 30 days I'll bet the seal will compress enough to make it a little easier, and in a year you dont want a gap because of a mod you did.

2. Since its a newer latch and only handful of people will have experience with it, I would call Evelands and ask their advice.
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:30 PM   #5
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Looks like it's flat heads if this is the plate you are talking about:


The wear marks don't seem to have those catching on anything or even close.
Yep...those are the screws I'm talking about. Are the ones on the door frame the same?
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Old 06-11-2018, 01:57 PM   #6
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The other side has entirely different attachments, they are riveted and facing a different direction so I don't think they are conflicting. Also no wear marks.



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Old 06-12-2018, 09:17 AM   #7
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Well that is different. I would have to go with Gordon's suggestion. Call Scamp.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:41 AM   #8
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I agree, give it some time.


When I replaced the door seal on our16 with the new seal style it was difficult to close the door. After a few weeks, the new seal compressed a bit and it works fine.
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Old 06-12-2018, 09:46 AM   #9
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I would put some "light" oil on it. It's metal to metal there and probably "grabbing".

Another thought, pull (if inside) or push (if on the outside) then activate the latch. The added lip on the door seal makes the door tight as I've read. I put the D seal on mine and a new latch by FIC similar to that one and it's a DREAM update!

Again, make sure the latch is working ok with the door OPEN. If not, it could be binding inside?? If so, you will have to disassemble the latch to oil it or try to find what's binding. But my guess is on lightly oiling the striker plate/latch and using the push/pull method until the seal gets seated better.

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Old 06-12-2018, 10:21 AM   #10
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So I took the advice, and contacted Scamp like I probably should have done first.

They were awesome, responded quickly and suggested I give the striker in the door frame a little careful persuasion with a rubber mallet to move it about 1/16". I did so, and the door works perfectly now. My 9 year old is now able to easily open and close it from inside and out. It's great!

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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Old 06-12-2018, 10:33 AM   #11
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Wow..that sounds risky "cracking" the fiberglass. I guess it's strong enough in that area they knew it wouldnt hurt. Remember, if the door/seal gets loose, you can reverse the operation .


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So I took the advice, and contacted Scamp like I probably should have done first.

They were awesome, responded quickly and suggested I give the striker in the door frame a little careful persuasion with a rubber mallet to move it about 1/16". I did so, and the door works perfectly now. My 9 year old is now able to easily open and close it from inside and out. It's great!

Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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Scamps solution: A bigger hammer.. LOL

Glad you didn't crack the fiberglass.
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Old 06-12-2018, 11:04 AM   #13
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Wow..that sounds risky "cracking" the fiberglass. I guess it's strong enough in that area they knew it wouldnt hurt. Remember, if the door/seal gets loose, you can reverse the operation .


Darral (Glad you got it figured out!)
Yeah, that was my big concern as well. It seemed to work, and I'm very confident I didn't damage the fiberglass.

I also was happy the "solution" is reversible, and infinitely adjustable over time.
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Old 06-12-2018, 01:28 PM   #14
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When we picked up our Scamp 16 over a year ago the person who gave us the "tour" before we drove it away said NEVER slam the door. He explained it would crack the fiberglass around the striker.

Now we have the older door handle and not the new one but I always heeded his advice. Our door seal new made the door really hard to open or close. After a year no issues at all.
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