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Old 08-24-2017, 12:14 AM   #1
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Hurricane Bathroom Door channel loose at ceiling

A couple of days ago, I noticed the Bathroom door channel "hanging" down from the ceiling. What??? See photo.
So investigation showed it was screwed to the ceiling with about 3-4 sheetrock type screws, a couple of them had pulled thru the ceiling material.

So I wound up supporting the far end of the track with a couple of small "ell" brackets. See photo.

I'm not sure, but I may have contributed to this failure by traveling with the rolling bathroom door closed, this causing more load on the "cantilevered" end of the door channel.

I post this as information and possible "best practice" for other owners. I suggest driving with the door locked into the open position, at least until it is proven that that doesn't cause damage too.

Hope the photo upload works. Still trying to figure that out.

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Old 08-24-2017, 12:16 AM   #2
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Looks like photo url's didn't load. Guess I need to work on that some more.
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Old 08-24-2017, 09:17 AM   #3
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Did some reading and I think I can add the photos, now.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:15 AM   #4
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Thank you for sharing, you're right, may save one of us a problem! Glad you were able to fix so easily.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:54 AM   #5
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Well, I tried just drilling thru channel and putting another screw into ceiling, 3 places, but didn't accomplish the objective AND put shavings on door rollers. Now the door rolls with some "crunchy-ness", compared to the smooth roll it had.

Oh well, live and learn, die and forget it all!

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Old 08-24-2017, 10:56 AM   #6
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I had a similar problem with a previous class C motorhome. I ended up using expanding hollow wall anchors to secure the channel back into the ceiling.
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Old 08-24-2017, 10:58 AM   #7
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Well, I tried just drilling thru channel and putting another screw into ceiling, 3 places, but didn't accomplish the objective AND put shavings on door rollers. Now the door rolls with some "crunchy-ness", compared to the smooth roll it had.

Oh well, live and learn, die and forget it all!

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Powerful shop vac will get rid of the shavings. Run the vac back and forth along the track quickly to stir up the shavings so they can be picked out.
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Old 08-24-2017, 11:58 AM   #8
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DocP,
That was my first thought, but to do that I would have had to take the door down; or thinking on it now, I could have used flatwashers under the screw head after I drilled the hole big enough to push the anchor thru. Hmm.

I also thought about using some construction adhesive between the 2 surfaces and installing the brackets. Didn't do either this time, but havent rolled the RV since then. I'll have to see how it fares after travel. (I'm currently living in the RV working away from home.)

SuperD,
Yep that would have been the correct way to do this work, AND the way my Aerospace training said, however, I didn't/couldn't take that time.
Now I have a harder task to do to clean the rollers.
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Old 08-24-2017, 06:57 PM   #9
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Thanks had the same problem on my Hurricane, I just attached a few extra screws in and it's holding for now, but if it falls again I'll definitely go with this solution.
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