Options for updating cupboard latches - Fiberglass RV
RV News RVBusiness 2021 Top 10 RVs of the Year, plus 56 additional debuts and must-see units → ×


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-14-2020, 05:13 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Name: Susan
Trailer: Trillium
Manitoba
Posts: 14
Registry
Options for updating cupboard latches

Hoping some experienced users can weigh in here: what can we do to 'update' old-fashioned thumb-latches and hinges? Mine are ugly! Can hinges and latches be spray-painted, yet still work? Can we use strong magnets to hold cupboards closed? Do self-closing hinges keep our stuff safe in the cupboards when we bounce down the road? Looking for your advice!
SusanP is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-14-2020, 05:41 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Glenn Baglo's Avatar
 
Name: Glenn ( second 'n' is silent )
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B 2020 Toyota Highlander XLE
British Columbia
Posts: 7,249
This is page one of ten pages of latches at Leevalley.com
Attached Thumbnails
Screen Shot 2020-10-14 at 4.39.54 PM.jpg  
__________________
What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
Glenn Baglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2020, 10:13 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Gilda's Avatar
 
Name: Gilda
Trailer: 2011 Scamp 13'
California
Posts: 1,346
Registry
I, too, am disappointed with the anemic latches that came with my 2011 13' Scamp. We have bungee-corded the cabinets with moderate success. One trip required travel on an extremely bumpy road and our cooler door ended up dangling open and the fiberglass cracked! You can be sure (after our repairs) that we now bungee cord that door closed as well. I wish there was a way to secure that door better.

When we vacationed in New Zealand we rented a fully-outfitted van which had incredibly simple, yet effective latches for doors and fridge. In addition the drawer had custom foam which held dishes, mugs and utensils so they did not vibrate. This is important, not only for prevention of breakage but also for the driver and passengers so you do not hear rattling and banging for your whole trip.

Take a look at this thread http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/f...hes-56105.html for some solutions others have come up with. You can do your own search on this forum. Simply go to the "Search" bar, drop down to the "Google Search" and enter the words "cabinet latch". There you will find other's solutions/suggestions.

Look here for a discussion about Casita latches, which are like the ones used in our New Zealand van. You can go to www.beetlefreak.com to purchase Casita latches. https://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/...amp-72151.html

Hope these ideas help you and others. Let us know what route you decide to take.
__________________
The Gleeful Glamper
Gilda (Jill-da)
"Here we go again on another amazing adventure"
Gilda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2020, 10:23 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Alex Adams's Avatar
 
Name: Alexander
Trailer: 1979 Boler B1300
New Hampshire
Posts: 768
I wanted to keep the "Vintage" look and feel on my 13 foot boler so I ordered these from Vintage Trailer Supply:

https://vintagetrailersupply.com/sta...atch-vts-398s/

I haven't had a door open yet.
Alex Adams is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-15-2020, 11:39 AM   #5
Member
 
Name: Chantal
Trailer: Boler
British Columbia
Posts: 50
Options For Updating Cupboard Latches

Quote:
Originally Posted by SusanP View Post
Hoping some experienced users can weigh in here: what can we do to 'update' old-fashioned thumb-latches and hinges? Mine are ugly! Can hinges and latches be spray-painted, yet still work? Can we use strong magnets to hold cupboards closed? Do self-closing hinges keep our stuff safe in the cupboards when we bounce down the road? Looking for your advice!
Dear SusanP,

I too thought that the gold latches that came with our 74 boler were UGLY, and proceeded to spray paint them silver grey. Yes, they still work perfectly well, but every spring I need to do a few touch ups to keep them looking good. I'm glad I didn't change the original latches, because none of the cupboards have ever opened during travel, but spray paint is not the right paint to use. I'd probably go for marine paint instead.
boler girl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-16-2020, 05:43 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Name: p@
Trailer: Casita
South Carolina
Posts: 310
Registry
rare earth magnets work wonderfully in my casita 16'er. since the installation i've not had a single "open door" event at the end of a days drive... they, however, do not maintain the "vintage" look.

p@
Attached Thumbnails
door magnet mod_1.jpg   doors_interior.jpg  

patrick crawford is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2020, 01:59 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Name: E
Trailer: 2014 Trillium Sidekick
California
Posts: 1
My wife and I got tired of having things jump-out of any random cabinet with our friction latches. We pack a lot of heavy pots and pans, etc.. We replaced all of our latches with these cabinet latches. They are solid and lock although they are not the prettiest:

Erik_2 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-21-2020, 07:07 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Name: Ray
Trailer: scamp
Indiana
Posts: 322
I have actually mostly gone with velcro where I needed to replace something. I have had to replace the whole suspension system for the drawer under the stove on my scamp 16. The original had this board with ugly aluminum u channel pieces. No chance of getting a replacement and the whole thing was ugly. I just put in draw rails and selected ones that had a built in latch.
computerspook is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Cupboard latches WISE LABS Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 13 02-14-2018 07:18 AM
Updating my '77 13' Trillium (w/pics) itlives Modifications, Alterations and Updates 42 05-07-2013 07:21 AM
Options, Options Options Tezha Problem Solving | Owners Helping Owners 8 09-19-2010 11:55 AM
Help for updating Scamp 5th wheel Betty L. Modifications, Alterations and Updates 4 06-18-2006 12:28 PM

» Upcoming Events
No events scheduled in
the next 465 days.
» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:44 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions Inc.