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I just got a 97 Bounder Class A behemoth.

The storage bay doors have slam latches that are retracted and won't pop out. I have taken the back apart and have tried to operate the latches individually and they are stuck.

I have hosed them out with some carb cleaner, its what I have on hand, and they are still stuck. Trying to take the two screws out, or even loosen them, where the latch is on the side of the door is fruitless.

Any sweet hacks? I would love to include pics but they are all too big and I can't remember how to resize them rn.
 

 

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3 hours ago, BobandBarb said:

The storage bay doors have slam latches that are retracted and won't pop out. I have taken the back apart and have tried to operate the latches individually and they are stuck.

Yes they are called slam latches, but they don't do well when used that way. On my Bounder I found the best way was to shut the door while holding the latch open. then release it while holding the door closed. 

I would try soaking them with WD-40 and seeing if you can't pull the latch/plunger part out. I had more problems with the end breaking off than sticking. Look carefully and see if they still have the tapered part.

Bill

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1 hour ago, Kirk W said:

Welcome to the Escapee forums!

Is the problem that the dogs do not slide out to latch the doors shut? If they look like this one you can get replacements from Amazon for Fleetwood style latches. 

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These are exactly what I am after!!
Do I have to take the entire door apart to get them out and replaced? Is there any tutorials or is it straight forward as it should be?

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