Friday, May 02, 2008

Don't Let This Happen To You!

I was Locked Out!
I paid for my campsite, parked my motorhome, plugged in, opened the awning, etc... and then discovered my bathroom door would not open! I pulled, I tugged, I leaned, I lifted, I stuck a prying screwdriver between it and the jamb, all to no avail.the latch that wouldn't unlatch
The outside of the latch has a deceptive key-slot looking groove in the button. It's purely decorative. If that button does not go in, that door does not open.
When I came back from the shower house, I took the door off its hinges enough to get it open. I removed the latch from the door and examined it closely. On the inside, lavatory side, is a small lever: a lock! While I was driving, road vibration had moved it to the left, locking the door.
I don't want that to ever happen again. I reinstalled the latch, and put a screw in through the slot where the lever would have to move to lock the door. inside latch showing where to put a screw so it won't lock on its ownIn the picture, you can see where the screw blocks the lever in the right-side position. It cannot sneak over to the left which would lock the door.
It is now PERMANENTLY unlocked.

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