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Old 04-06-2015, 04:49 AM   #1
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Best way to "open" drawer catches?

The drawers in my trailer have the plastic catches that are supposed to interlock with the fixed plastic receptacles mounted at the top of the opening. The problem is that the receptacles often snap shut while the drawer is open and the drawer catch can't properly mate with the receptacle. I have used my truck key to "open" the latch from the closed position but it's kind of a pain to do.
Is there an easier way to open those latches? Is it even worth trying to? Should I be thinking of replacing the drawer catches with something more reliable?
I'm tired of seeing that my drawers have slid open while I'm on the road.
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Old 04-06-2015, 08:11 AM   #2
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Sounds like they're defective? My latches are so tight it seems like you're going to pull the handle off the drawer to get them open. We actually have a "camping rule" that the drawers stay partially open while camping to save wear and tear on them. I actually tore one of the receptacles off because they're attached with a tiny staple. I had to put it back on using small screws. There's no way they would ever snap closed on their own.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:21 PM   #3
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I gave up on those plastic drawer latches, and replaced them with baby lock latches, available at Home Depot. (Safety First Model HS132) When you are parked & settled, just use the magnet to open the latch, then flip the switch and you can use the drawers. Then when you are ready for the road, just flip the switch and close the drawer. They never come open when we are travelling. We store the magnet on the side of the range hood. We bought two sets (8 locks) so we have 2 magnets. Part of our departure checklist is to check each drawer to be sure that they are set for travelling.
There is another brand available, but they don't have slots in the feet where they screw to the drawer frame - just holes - so they are not adjustable. You may have to cut a notch in the back of the drawer to clear the latch when you install these.
We also use the DreamBaby cabinet sliding lock (Wal-Mart) on the cabinet doors to keep the doors closed when travelling.
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Old 05-03-2015, 01:08 PM   #4
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Sounds like they're defective? My latches are so tight it seems like you're going to pull the handle off the drawer to get them open. We actually have a "camping rule" that the drawers stay partially open while camping to save wear and tear on them. I actually tore one of the receptacles off because they're attached with a tiny staple. I had to put it back on using small screws. There's no way they would ever snap closed on their own.
We do the same - open drawers and leave ajar until ready to leave - so much easier. But then again it is just hubby and myself - no kiddos to worry about getting into things.....
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