T-handle replacement - Fiberglass RV


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Old 06-15-2003, 10:18 AM   #1
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T-handle replacement

Thanks to Hersh on Casita Club for inspiring me to finally get rid of that awful t-handle that comes on 13 and 16 foot casitas.....this is a trimark paddle latch for TT's with integral deadbolt. Suffice to say this was a real tough mod. I only tackled it after every locksmith and RV service dept refused to. Guess if you want something done in this world you must do it yourself!!

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eec8dfff054bdoor strike.jpg/>

the strike is homemade from sheet steel.

<img src=http://www.fiberglassrv.com/board/uploads/3eec8de6ee6d1door lockset.jpg/>
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Old 06-15-2003, 12:27 PM   #2
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Neat mod

I'm not clear as to what the first pic is of and on what ?

Could you "splain" that ?

Now if Phil can do this, maybe Casita will pick up on it and out class the compitition.
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Old 06-15-2003, 12:37 PM   #3
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Uh Ha !

Now I see what you've done ! It took a lot of stairing to see what Phil did to the stricker in pic 1.

He made a "C" shaped stricker with a flange on it to wrap around the side of the original stricker.

He won't be locked out of his Casita with this set up.

Now it looks more like a new RV then a 50 year old trailer .

Great Job Phil
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Old 06-15-2003, 07:32 PM   #4
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called casita

Hi Glen-
I called Casita prior to this to see what their recommends were (not much) and to fervently recommend an upgrade at the factory. I have wanted that sloppy/unsecure lockset gone from day one. Now for that lift job............

another major mod in the works for early july.....custom built comfo-seats for the Spirit floorplan. These guys do all kinds of custom stuff for hotrods and such- should be very trick. My 16 is now getting more livable- will be very handy if I end up back on the road, or perhaps find a lot to build on. I can fulltime for 3 seasons anyway! A satdish setup, some solar- along with an auxiliary freshwater tank and pump under the truck bed- and I should be completely independent without even CG costs to deal with. Spare propane tank and small backup battery and I'm good to go!
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