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Old 02-20-2021, 04:24 PM   #1
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
State: North Carolina
Posts: 26
THOR #20474
Door wouldn't open this morning

I have a Thor Class C Chateau 29G. When I tried to go outside this morning, I couldn't open the coach door. Both locks felt and sounded like they were working, but the door wouldn't budge. After trying for a couple of minutes, I shimmied out the front can door and got a screwdriver from my toolbox. I came back in the same way and took out the three phillips head screws from the lock/handle assembly. I was able to then open the door by shifting the innards away from the edge of the door.

Once open, I could see that the lock and deadbolt were both working. Investigating more, I found that one of the security bolts at the edge of the door with star/torx heads on them had come loose and was sticking out a tiny bit more than it should. I have torx bits in my toolbox, so I tightened both security bolts. I reassembled it all and it is now working. Yay!! We won't have to shimmy in and out of the front doors the rest of the trip.

Just a heads up on one more thing to pay attention to.

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Old 02-20-2021, 06:14 PM   #2
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Citation
State: Texas
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THOR #8139
Good point, I use a hammer drive (the kind that you hit with a hammer), seems to keep them tight a lot longer
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Old 02-20-2021, 09:44 PM   #3
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Model: Windsport 27K
State: Ohio
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Thank goodness you have Class C, imagine having to go out a window. You may want to put some Locktite on them so they don't loosen up again.
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Old 02-20-2021, 10:19 PM   #4
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Freedom Traveler 30A
State: North Carolina
Posts: 7
THOR #21685
Talking Had the same issue in another previous rv

Let me say, I know how you feel. The grandkids went camping with us back when we could still get them to. We woke up one morning and I was on the way out the door with to cook breakfast. Door would not open from inside. Tried everything under the sun and it would not budge. We were in a 26 foot travel trailer with no other way out except the emergency window. So I took my only screw driver and my leatherman tool off my belt and dismantled the door locking mechanism. Found a couple of the star screws had backed out with all the door slamming the previous day. learned two lessons that day, dont let the kids slam the door and keep some tools inside the Rv with you.
25 year Navy Vet, 16 Year Deputy Sheriff. Looking forward to see the Good Old United States with the Love of my life.
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Old 02-20-2021, 11:18 PM   #5
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State: Alabama
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THOR #6826
I keep the appropriate size star screw driver in the cabinet next to the door. Never had a problem but I learn a lot here!
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