Roller Catch Latch Do they work for trailer cabinet doors? - Fiberglass RV


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Old 12-29-2020, 01:45 PM   #1
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Roller Catch Latch Do they work for trailer cabinet doors?

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I'm working on updating the original cabinet doors on my 1973 Trillium 1300. I'm not replacing any of the fiberglass cabinets, just the old particle board door. I'd like to install new latches for the doors as some of the original thumb latches are broken or just don't work properly. Will a simple roller catch latch work for a trailer of this type? Is it strong enough to hold the door closed during travel or do I need something else?
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At a dollar each, I doubled up on these in our Escape, overlapping them so that three screws hold two pieces of hardware. I don't know that I needed to double up on all of them, but after seeing pictures of various RVs where the cabinets and drawers emptied onto the floors it lets me feel relaxed while towing.

We also fitted two of the cabinets with a 1x2 board across the bottom of the opening to keep heavy items from sliding around and pressing against the doors. This includes the cabinet under the sink where there is a cardboard box with our pots & pans. The other 1x2 is in the pantry cabinet where we have a box to carry canned goods and dry goods.
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Thanks so much for the pictures and description this is helpful. I think doubling up is a great idea to compensate for when the trailer is on the road. I appreciate the advice.
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My answer would have been no, but the double up might help. The person that rebuilt our Campster used them on the doors and drawers to no affect. When we got it, the door and drawers had to be tied shut. I added magnetic baby locks to each door and drawer. They work perfect on the road and can be disengaged for convenience once you reach camp.
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We generally try to keep the cabinet doors unlatched when we are in camp as they do require a fairly strong pull to release.

The catches should be located near the cabinet door handles as you don't want to torque the door frame or the drawer front by having the handle located at any great distance away from the catches.
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Another option are rare earth magnets
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My answer would have been no, but the double up might help. The person that rebuilt our Campster used them on the doors and drawers to no affect. When we got it, the door and drawers had to be tied shut. I added magnetic baby locks to each door and drawer. They work perfect on the road and can be disengaged for convenience once you reach camp.
Magnetic baby locks? that sounds like a good idea, could you share a picture, or link? I like the idea of not having to use force to open while you are camping.
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