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Jammed basement door
Can't open a basement door on my 95. Any easy way to get in there and adjust the closing/locking latch?

Had a crack repaired and lost the U on the door.

  • kb0zke
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Reply #1
Not easy, but can be done. Can you open it any? If so, maybe you can get an arm with a tool up and grab the bar that isn't releasing. All of the mechanisms are the same, so you can open the next bay and look at how that one goes together as you...

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Reply #2
Try banging on one end of the door or the other (where the latch pins are located) at the same time you turn the handle.  I keep our doors adjusted so they close very tightly.  Sometimes they are a little reluctant to open - percussive persuasion...

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As I hinted above, we did have this problem a year ago. We eventually got the door open with the help of the park maintenance guys. When we were at FOT in November we had them adjust and lube all of the doors. They did find a couple of "future"...

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I just noticed that is your propane bay in the photo.

Is there a vent opening in the floor of that bay?  If so, can you (or someone with long skinny arms) reach the locking linkage through the vent hole?

I bolted "anti-rat" expanded metal mesh over...

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Reply #5
Will check tomorrow thx

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Reply #6
My chassis battery is covered by a similar door and hinge.  I could not open mine, and the tech simply pushed hard at the bottom to take pressure off the latch, while unlocking at the same time, and presto it opened.  Felt foolish, now I believe...

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Reply #7
Can you use a screwdriver or something to push up on the weatherstripping to move it out of the way?
That might give you enough room to use a large screwdriver to manipulate the latch.

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maybe you can get an arm with a tool up and grab the bar that isn't releasing.

On my 95, I had the same problem with the door on the other side. I was able to pry it open enough to get a tool up there and pop the latch. Jack's push on the...

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Reply #9
Put your head under the door area. Take a long screwdriver or thin metal strap (at least 12") and pop the rubber gasket out at the bottom so you can see the latch at the end its stuck.
Take the screw driver or metal strapping and push on the side...

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Reply #10
Thx will try tomorrow

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Reply #11
  Nigel, I wonder if your friendly old school mechanic has a 'slim jim' or the guy with the car hauler/wrecker.