Door Hold Open Latches

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Door Hold Open Latches

Postby Snide61 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:00 am

Does anyone employ a hold open mechanism for their TD doors? I was thinking of something magnetic that would hold the door open when desired, but you could reach out and easily pull the door to close it. If anyone has any tips please post links of the items you've used, I'm running short on ideas and its almost Spring (YAY SPRING!!!).
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Postby b.bodemer » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:18 am

Needed something so when window was fully open it would not hit side of td. These are available at all rv stores. Just needed to bend the one part to get the needed angle. Works great.

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Postby Cliffmeister2000 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 11:29 am

I sometimes wish I had not used the open out windows, but rather a slider so I would not have to worry about poking the side of my trailer with an open window.

That said, I would like something to prevent my door from opening completely unless I want it to, and something elst to hold it completey open when loading and unloading.

I solved this first problem with this

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But I took it off to open the doors completely, and it has never made its way back on.
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Postby dwgriff1 » Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:23 pm

I use a simple piece of shock cord.

Tie one end to the inside door hardware and the outside to the tongue brace.

No damage any where.

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Re: Door Hold Open Latches

Postby Miriam C. » Tue Mar 09, 2010 2:09 pm

Snide61 wrote:Does anyone employ a hold open mechanism for their TD doors? I was thinking of something magnetic that would hold the door open when desired, but you could reach out and easily pull the door to close it. If anyone has any tips please post links of the items you've used, I'm running short on ideas and its almost Spring (YAY SPRING!!!).


Magnetic sounds like a good idea so I would like to see whatever solution you come up with. I would love for the wind to not blow the door closed. We used a Walmart bag last time it kicked up.
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Postby slowcowboy » Tue Mar 09, 2010 5:01 pm

Hey, again folks. I use a bungee strap on the cornor of my door to hold it open. It runs from the door cornor, to the old stake pocket, left over on the harbor freight trailer frame my teardrop sets on. When not in use I then strech the bungee strap up and fasten the top to my light bracket for my garden solar light on the side of my teardrop by the door. This garden solar light is my porch light when I am away and not wanting to run the battery down. the light comes on only at dark. My thoughts. Slowcowboy.
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Postby Conestoga » Tue Mar 09, 2010 9:05 pm

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costs a few bucks on ebay. works great.
i thought it would flap around underway but no signs of that.

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Postby Snide61 » Wed Mar 10, 2010 8:34 am

Great ideas everyone. On those releases that Barb metioned and Conestoga refered to as well . . . do you have to physically remove them from the latch to close the door? Or can you just tug on the door and it pops off?
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Postby Conestoga » Wed Mar 10, 2010 9:22 am

Snide61 wrote: do you have to physically remove them from the latch to close the door? Or can you just tug on the door and it pops off?


with these white ones you have to snap the tab into and out of the
jiggy on the door.
i didn't think it was bothersome at all, especially considering the number
of times it kept the door from pestering me on windy days.
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Postby canned o minimum » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:22 am

"I" have a Little Guy and the cheap latches they installed are pretty much worthless..if someone farts near by, the door swings closed. I jus use a bungee from the door frame and stretch it across to the other side of the trailer roof frame moulding..Tah Dah !! It ain't pretty, but it works even in a stiff wind !!
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