The Bargman is in great shape, tho I swear the key has almost no nubs, probably easy to pick!
The issue is the striker at the side of the entry. It seems to be worn down, or worn rounded off.
The plunger in the bargman catches fine, except when I lock it, the plunger will pull back just enough when I pull on the locked handle that it slips past the worn striker - opens real easy.
The door stayed shut ok while I was towing my Boler
home, and along the way I thought if a temporary fix so I could put the camping stuff I piled in my Jeep into the trailer and lock it up at the RV storage place.
Luckily, I had thrown my cordless drill into my Jeep before I left home, for what I had no clue at the time, I'm a "just in case" kinda girl, I guess, lol.
So along the way I was able to stop at a rona, intending to pick up a small mending plate, but the smallest was too wide. So I grabbed a small hinge instead, drilled two holes in the striker and screwed the hinge on so it stuck out far enough for the plunger in the bargman to catch.
So.....am I correct in assuming this idea would be the best way to do a permanent fix? I thought I'd grind down a small mending plate to fit, then use aluminum j-weld and the same two screws to attach it to the striker. Anyone have a better idea or suggestion?
No doubt the woman I bought it from had left it pretty much unlocked in her yard for 3 years....must just be luck no-one broke in. Or a very moral and honest town she lives in!