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Old 06-04-2019, 02:40 PM   #1
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Drawer latch

I have one single solitary drawer in my TT. And the latch broke, AGAIN. It broke in year one ... under warranty ... but what a hassle to have fixed by the dealer. "Free" cost me a load of time and hassle. I foresee this to be an annual or every other year maintenance issue.

A) is it an easy DIY fix?
B) is there another mod/replacement that you've made that works better?

I miss my mom's 1990's era Class A drawers where you simply lifted up on the drawer to open it ... no mechanical latch to fail!
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Old 06-04-2019, 03:11 PM   #2
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Is it like this one?

Is it breaking or is it pulling out of the pressed cardboard it's screwed into? I pulled all of my drawers out and added screws to all the latches and guides. There were a lot of places where only one screw was used when 2 slots/holes were provided.
Should be a relatively easy fix.
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Is it like this one?

Is it breaking or is it pulling out of the pressed cardboard it's screwed into? I pulled all of my drawers out and added screws to all the latches and guides. There were a lot of places where only one screw was used when 2 slots/holes were provided.
Should be a relatively easy fix.
It's been a while since I looked. When it failed this time I didn't even look ... cussed and ignored it for the weekend, then took the drawer out and put it on the bed while towing...

But I do believe that's what I'm looking at. And the latch itself failed ...

I'm going to confirm that's the style I have and just buy the five pack!
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I haven't had a latch fail, but I had several screws pull loose to where they wouldn't latch properly.
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I haven't had a latch fail, but I had several screws pull loose to where they wouldn't latch properly.
I'll double check before ordering. The drawer won't close all the way (hook won't press into the latch). And what's there right now was dealer installed, not factory installed ... (theoretically installed properly??)
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Old 06-05-2019, 01:08 AM   #6
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I had the same problem with both my drawers on the camper we just bought, I replaced them with these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PVN1JMQ..._2tX9CbNPCHN5J
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I've had several of those type of latches fail on my TT as well. Most of the time, the little tab on the square portion get's pushed in and you simply use a screw driver to pull the tab back out. When I do have to replace it because one or the other portion of the latches actually broke I replaced it with a magnetic latching type instead.
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I had the same problem with both my drawers on the camper we just bought, I replaced them with these: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PVN1JMQ..._2tX9CbNPCHN5J
I like, I like ... seems like a better (and old classic) design.
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Old 06-06-2019, 05:05 PM   #9
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Anything is usually a better design that what the RV comes with! (pardon the attitude)
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Anything is usually a better design that what the RV comes with! (pardon the attitude)
I've been around here long enough to know that there has to be a better "wheel" than what was designed initially!
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