My hillbilly fix (as my wife is known to call my repair jobs) was to loosen the two latch pins. Allowing that small amount of movement in the pins resulted in much easier latch operation. One rotation off tight and the problem disappeared. Simple fix until I reset/align the hinges and latch mechanism on our 26he this winter. Also, the pins will continue to loosen so need to be reset on occasion.
Greg and Karen, the pups Bailey and Lily (St. Bernard mix and Beagle mix) and Lola (the attack cat)