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Old 11-10-2008, 11:48 AM   #1
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We have an Itasca Spirt Class C. The entry door squeaks going down the road, have adjusted the latch alot, but hasn't solved the problem. Is good for awhile then it squeaks again. Any ideas on how to fix it?
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Old 11-10-2008, 11:48 AM   #2
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We have an Itasca Spirt Class C. The entry door squeaks going down the road, have adjusted the latch alot, but hasn't solved the problem. Is good for awhile then it squeaks again. Any ideas on how to fix it?
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Old 11-10-2008, 12:59 PM   #3
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Put a couple of wraps of electrical tape around the latch post. That stops mine and I replace the tape every 200 openings or so when it starts squeaking again.
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Old 11-10-2008, 02:56 PM   #4
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I keep hoping someone will come up with a permanent solution for this problem. I have a 2004 Meridian and have always had this squeak, unless I keep the post wrapped with fresh electrical tape. It took me several hundred miles of driving with this terrible squeak before I could isolated the source of the noise. When I commented on this 2 years ago while at Forest City, all they did was replace the post with a teflon coated post. This lasted a little bit longer than the tape,but not much longer. I wonder if other manufacturers use this sorry arrangement for a door latch.
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Old 11-10-2008, 03:11 PM   #5
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I know that this may not be a solution that all will like but what I make a habit of doing after checking the tire pressure is to give the post a squirt of WD 40. This keeps the door quiet until the next time I check the tires.

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Old 11-10-2008, 03:12 PM   #6
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This is interesting because my 04 Meridian has entry door squeaks also. My solution is to marinate the door seals with silicone. That seems to stop the squeaking for six months or so. It is curious as to why taping the door latch peg also does the same thing. I suspect that it puts more pressure on the door seals and eliminates the squeaking.
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Old 11-13-2008, 05:51 AM   #7
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Thanks all for the advise will give the tape a try.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:29 AM   #8
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Keep the can of silicone handy lub door seal about every mo seems to keep the squeeek away.
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Old 11-13-2008, 08:56 AM   #9
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This is a problem? So common I thought it was a feature, perhaps to keep the driver awake.
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Old 11-13-2008, 10:27 AM   #10
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The electrical tape gives the latch something besides the metal post to rub on as the door works and shifts as the coach rolls and pitches with the road. Eventually the latch rubs through the tape and reaches the post again, ergo the squeaking noise is back again. Which means a new wrapping of the tape again.
I tried lowering the post so the latch didn't rub on the top of the post but unfortunately its adjusted as low as it will go. When I asked the tech at Forest City if the door could be adjusted upward, since it seems to have settled down some causing this problem, he said only by removing the door and changing the hinges. On several cars I've had trouble with doors not fitting right I've seen body shop personel put a hammer handle in the open door right at the hinge and push the door against the hammer handle thus springing the hinge just enough to make the door fit right. Thought the Winny tech would have a little trick like this but maybe it wouldn't work on this type door. Guess I will just keep the roll of electrical type by the door and remember to change it every couple weeks (depending on how many miles are driven and how rough the road is).
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Old 11-13-2008, 02:47 PM   #11
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Adjusting the entry door:
Adjusting the entry door.
I hope this link works.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:35 AM   #13
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ChasA -- That link is helpful for those who have a door that isn't front entry. One of the first things the article says is that it isn't for front entry doors. boohoo Leaves me and my Meridian out in the cold and squeeky to boot!
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:51 AM   #14
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Winnebago has a teflon coated striker bolt that replaces the old metal striker bolt that takes care of the squeeking problems. (I believe they started using these in 2005)
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