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Old 10-11-2015, 12:08 AM   #1
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Folding Front Door Handle - VOLTAGE

They may be the same type on other rigs... but just wondering if any of you Voltage owners have had a reason to remove/repair/replace the folding handle by the front door & steps?

I'm going to replace mine. The paint has chipped & bubbled, and just looks in piss-poor shape. I thought of removing it to sand down & repaint... but considering how inexpensive a new one is, I'm just going to replace it with the same type I installed by the rear door to the garage.

Before I get to digging around on the old one though, I'm just wondering how it is removed? It's a white handle with square black casings covering the mounting hardware. I'm assuming I can just pop off one of the sides to get access... but as it's still over 100 degrees here today, I'm gonna wait till tonight or tomorrow morning to play with it. In the meantime, I figured I'd go ahead and ask.
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Old 10-11-2015, 01:31 AM   #2
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I replaced mine because it broke at the plastic mount area. I replaced with a different brand that was way better. Installed one on the rear door also.
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Mike, am I correct that, under that black plastic it's just 2 screws for each end?
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Tom,

That is correct. The plastic covers come off, then remove the screws. I replaced my front one, then added one on the rear door. Bought black ones, as I think they look a lot better.

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Yeah, thanks... Changed it out this morning. Just wanted to be sure there wasn't gonna be anything strange or funky when I popped the plastic cover off.
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Cale,
Did you leave the original handle on when you added the folding handle, or did you plug the holes some how?
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I moved the small rear handle on my back door to the inside. Filled the holes with silicone as they aren't in the correct place to cover with the new folding handle.
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Thom,

I left the smaller handle, as it still gets used by me if I am carrying something heavy up the steps. The smaller handle is worthless by itself, but useful when paired with the larger handle.

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Thanks Rat and Cale. This is one mod I plan on doing if I ever have my camper at home long enough. Been in the shop again for 3 weeks now waiting on word if the roof gets replaced because of 2 screws/nails sticking up under membrane about 7/6".
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Ouch...I have a tear in my roof, looks like they let the corner of the middle AC unit dig into the roof. I covered it with EternaBond...I figure I will end up with a tear in the roof before too long, given the places we tend to find ourselves.

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