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Old 11-14-2007, 12:25 PM   #1
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There appears to be a lack of support for the open entry door against a strong wind from the wrong direction. Has anyone developed a way to make the opened door more wind resistant?
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There appears to be a lack of support for the open entry door against a strong wind from the wrong direction. Has anyone developed a way to make the opened door more wind resistant?
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Old 11-14-2007, 01:16 PM   #3
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Winnie came up with a stronger door keeper for the 2006 Horizon/Vectra (and maybe applied to other models as well.) We had that improved keeper retrofitted at the factory last year for an hour's labor and around one hundred bucks for the parts.

The 2006 version keeper is a significant improvement over our original.
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Old 11-14-2007, 02:49 PM   #4
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Last year, the winds on the Mexican coast broke the door jamb mounted base to my entry door limit hinge and it allowed the door to bang into the passenger side mirror. I have since replaced the part, but to avoid damage at the time, I bought a cheap beach tube toy and draped that over the mirror. It worked great. When we go back this year, on my roundtoit list is to buy another cheap plastic innertube beach toy and put it over the mirror as a prevention. It looks silly but it works. I will be interested to see if anyone has a better fix.

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Old 11-14-2007, 03:41 PM   #5
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I posted this a while back here is a link to a great door stop. I stil have the blueprints for it.

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Old 11-14-2007, 04:48 PM   #6
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I noticed that the 2008's have a new, very strong, external door keeper with a positive latch. It's made up of two hinged arms and attached to the top of the door and the doorframe, both 8 or 10 inches out from the hinge. It has a positive catch in the 90deg open position.

I'd like to find out if it can be retrofitted to earlier years (like mine).
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Old 11-14-2007, 05:52 PM   #7
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When I bought my coach 2 years ago I found the door stop arm bent inside I'm sure from being blown open. I have replaced the parts but hate to leave it open in case it happens again.

John, have you any more info on your upgrade, what was entailed as perhaps I could do it myself once I purchase the parts.
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Old 11-15-2007, 03:52 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone for their responses.

I have a friend who fabricated a 3/8 diameter rod and a bracket with a hole matching the size of the rod. He made a 90 degree bend in the rod on both ends. He then made matching hole in the top of the door. Then he attached the bracket at an appropiate location along the top of the door frame. One end of the rod can then be placed in the hole in the top of the door and the other end in the bracked on the top of the door frame. The result is the door is held in the open position. I do not have the guts to drill the hole in the top of the door because it will be very close to the glass inside and you do not want to nick the glass and cause it to loose its air seal. So I am still looking and the potential retrofit is of interest.

John, your info on the potential upgrade is the best possibility so far. Do you have any suggestions on how we can find out more information.

Thanks again.
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Chris, we got with Lonnie at Lichtsinn and ordered the new door stop but haven't installed it yet. Hope it'll work since it appears to be very strong and was expensive and basically unreturnable.
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Not sure how easy the newer door keeper would be for a DIY job. The tech told me they have to take the door panel off and there are several parts that are installed in the door.

I would have to dig around and find the invoice to look for part numbers. Maybe it would be easier to look at the parts breakdown on the Winnie web site or call Lichtsinn in Forest City.

If that doesn't work, email me a bottle of 2005 Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay and I'll look for the invoice
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Old 11-15-2007, 05:01 AM   #11
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How expensive is "expensive"?
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Old 11-15-2007, 06:43 AM   #12
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Some time ago I purchased a RV door brace that was a 20 inch aluminum rod with a large suction cup on each end. One end attaches to the door and the other end attaches to the body of the motor home under the passenger side mirror. It costs about $20. It works well if both surfaces are clean when the suction cups are attached. I cannot find my receipt and have not found the web site address. Maybe someone else is familiar with this product.
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Old 11-15-2007, 07:38 AM   #13
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by targaboat:
How expensive is "expensive"? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>I think I remember the parts being in the hundred buck range.
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Old 11-16-2007, 01:22 AM   #14
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www.ezrvproducts.com,,,,suction cup door holder

I made a similar one with pvc pipe and large suction cups. The rv surface must be very clean.
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Old 11-16-2007, 02:25 AM   #15
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by targaboat:
How expensive is "expensive"? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

The 2005 Kendall Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay is about $15 a bottle at:

http://www.wine-club-central.com/detail.aspx?ID=4884

Thats not really too exepensive. The trick would be emailing the bottle. Then again John is really into high tech so he may have some new fangled email software with a replicator device attached to his PC that will allow for this.
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Old 11-16-2007, 03:05 AM   #16
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Almost have my transporter perfected. Now if I can only find the other half of the cat...
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Old 11-16-2007, 05:03 AM   #17
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by cbeierl:
I noticed that the 2008's have a new, very strong, external door keeper with a positive latch. It's made up of two hinged arms and attached to the top of the door and the doorframe, both 8 or 10 inches out from the hinge. It has a positive catch in the 90deg open position.

I'd like to find out if it can be retrofitted to earlier years (like mine). </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I compared the new door frame side by side and the new door style appears to be completely different than the old door style. It didn't appear that there was enough of a gap to fit the new door stop on the old door style.

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Old 11-16-2007, 06:43 PM   #18
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Here is the link to the suction cup door holder. I have one and it works well.
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SargeW came up with THIS IDEA. Unless I can work a real hinge in there I think this will be the similar route to take.
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:59 AM   #20
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John,

Then hook me up and try this as a better test. We really neeed to make perfectly sure before we try it on anything that is still alive.

http://www.wineglobe.com/10200.html

PS: I still have a complete cat if needed. ;&gt;
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