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Old 06-03-2013, 01:14 PM   #1
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Simple Water Heater door lock mod

I did not like the way the water heater door stayed closed. One tab broke because it was plastic...the 2nd popped off while traveling. I looked into some options and wandered the hardware isle at HomeDepot and came up with this for about $4.00. I used the spring, a threaded 2" eye hook and a locknut. Tightened the locknut till the spring compressed a little bit for tension when the door is closed, added the clip as a secondary stay closed piece... could put a lock through the eye hook if need be but it seems to be working fine.
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Old 06-03-2013, 01:41 PM   #2
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Good idea Deryk, maybe you can hire out as a mechanical engineer to Parkliner. From what I've been reading it appears they need to fine tune a few things. We were impressed though with the one we saw, nice looking trailer.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:01 PM   #3
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... And, of course, the water heater's door latch isn't something Parkliner or any other trailer manufacturer designed. The WH is (probably) a Suburban component.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:08 PM   #4
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Yeah its that way from the manuf. I just wasn't happy with it...so found something better.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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This water heater fix is common to all trailers, not just Parkliner. In fact I'm going to do it to mine on my Escape. Good job Deryk...
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:51 PM   #6
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This is what I like to see. Good job! Keeps me from thinking.
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:06 PM   #7
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The old water heater door from Suburban on my trailer has a metal door latch and its on a spring as well. Wonder why they changed making them that way. Suppose just cutting costs where they can.
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Carol, mine was like that too but the original piece that went through the door was plastic and broke...ordered a pair of replacements.... one popped off while driving so its either order another pair...or come up with a better solution. I think this should last longer.
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Old 06-03-2013, 06:10 PM   #9
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Thanks for this mod. My Dometic water heater on the U-Haul had the same issue. But, maybe I ought to replace the whole unit after 30 years? It probably didn't help that I used the plastic ring as a toggle for the car cover!

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the knob on mine was plastic but the shaft metal, when the plastic bit the dust I threaded a 1" diameter key ring through it, pull on the key ring, twist and drive on. been there about 7 years now and going strong
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