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Having hard time opening door.
« on: June 04, 2017, 08:08:03 AM »
Sorry for such a easy question, but we just bought our first 5th wheeler. I can not open the door. My husband can. I try my hardest buy can't get it open. Is there anything I can do to "loosen" it up?? or does it get easier with time since its brand new? TIA


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Re: Having hard time opening door.
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2017, 09:13:14 AM »
One of the door frames for our trailer was misaligned at the factory. It was really hard to open. We took it back to the dealer and got it adjusted under warranty. I still have to put some inward pressure on it when I open it, but it works fine now. I would recommend putting it on your warranty hit list.
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Re: Having hard time opening door.
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2017, 10:09:18 AM »
Yeah, there are a few things on entry doors that might have to be adjusted - and I agree that it should be done under warranty. You might be able to expedite the process by identifying what's dragging or sticking, but you should be able to open it without any trouble.

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Re: Having hard time opening door.
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2017, 02:55:22 PM »
You can adjust the door striker and see if that helps, also make sure the trailer is level door in rear back stabilizers are down etc. Torque on the frame can make the door mis-align.

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Re: Having hard time opening door.
« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2017, 03:11:08 PM »
We have the same problem with our motorhome.  It only happens when we are perfectly level.  If we are just slightly off perfect level, front to back or side to side, it is much easier to open  :o  I've just been living with it, never had it looked at. 

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Re: Having hard time opening door.
« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2017, 03:32:38 PM »
Perhaps someone with the same RV can help you.

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Re: Having hard time opening door.
« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2017, 04:53:01 PM »
This may sound a little alarmist, but I would have this #1 on the repair list. To me, it's a safety issue and should be addressed by the dealer without any argument.  If you can't get the door open, you could very well get stuck lnside in an emergency.
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