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Old 03-10-2019, 09:19 PM   #1
m1noel
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Aria 3901
State: Idaho
Posts: 383
THOR #9660
compartment latch came apart.

Today while I was starting to get our Aria ready to use for the summer, I could not open the compartment for the electric cord. Luckily it was that compartment and I was able to get under the camper back by the engine and get a small vice grips on the back of the screws holding the latch loop. Any other compartment I don't know what I would have done. Anyway after getting the door open and removing the latch mechanism I found that the pivot screw had backed out, to the outside paddle did nothing. These pivot screws are not shoulder screws, and are supposed to be held in place by a lock washer. But, if you tighten them up enough for the lock washer to work, the cam will not pivot. And since the lock washer does not hold the screw, it rotates when the door is opened. So this one backed out. I pulled all of the compartment latches removed the screws and put lock-tight on them. Hopefully this will keep them from rotating in the future. I also do not know which models may use this style latch.
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