Replacing An RV Entry Door Holder Catch With Metal! No more stretched out or broken door holders!

 

Let’s face it most RV parts are made of cheap plastic. More than likely you will keep your rv for much longer than the life of many of those cheap plastic parts.

Once a part has worn out you have two options. Replace it with the exact same part and hope it doesn’t break again or, replace it with metal.

This time we needed to replace the piece that holds the door open on our 2008 Forest River Wildwood 26tbss le. This would be the second time replacing it in two years. The part that holds the door to the camper stretches out rather quickly and no longer holds in even slight wind.

We went to our favorite local rv place because we happened to be visiting family in Richmond VA. Shout out to Hayden’s RV!

We looked around at all of the options. We had a few besides the style that kept failing on us. They were plastic and most stuck out from the side of the camper enough to hurt someone who wasn’t paying attention, or were a larger latch type that would not securely screw to our metal siding.

The other downside was that the only style that let you open and close the door without leaving your trailer was the style that repeatedly failed us.

We asked the store owner for advice. We wanted metal and low profile. He directed us to these awesome metal clips. They are l meant to hold pass-through hatches in the open position, but work beautifully to hold our door open too. They are very low profile, simple to install, hold the door securely in wind, and best of all should never need replacing again.

  1. Buy clips here.
  2. Remove old hardware from door and camper.
  3. Clean off all old butyl tape, silicone, etc from door and camper wall. If there was silicone used, be careful to remove every speck of it. Its nasty stuff that nothing else will adhere to it not even more silicone.  I suggest using mineral spirits and elbow grease. A plastic scraper like this is helpful too.
  4. Fill any old screw holes you will not be reusing with geocel RV or proflex. (The geocel doesn’t show dirt as much) Just please do not use silicone.
  5. Find a stud and line up you new catch so it holds the door open securely and mark the spot.
  6. Cut a piece of butyl tape to fit the back of the catch.
  7. Position the catch and screw it into the camper and stud. You want to screw it tight so butyl tape squishes out the sides and makes a tight seal. You want to see butyl tape squishing out of the sides and screw holes like in the photos below.
  8. Test that you put it in the right spot and it does indeed hold your door open.
  9. Pat yourself on the back. You’re done!

The supplies needed are linked in the instructions above. Just click on the blue words.

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