Habitation Door Lock Broken

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  1. Branston1080

    Branston1080 Funster

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    Looking for any advice please. I've just returned to my van and the Hab door will not unlock from the outside. So I climbed in through the cab door and tried from the inside. That didn't work either! I think the mechanism is completed bust.
    So any ideas in releasing the door?
    Secondly if I need a new mechanism how do I know which one? My van is a knaus sun ti 2007. I've attach pic of lock, it's the locking button that appears to be the issue.
    Any help would be great. Thank you in advance funsters
     

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  2. MikeD

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    Do you have hab door central locking?

    On my Autotrail the hab door locks with the vehicle alarm push button. But if the door is not 100% shut it will not unlock after

    Try leaning on the door to ensure the electrical connections are made. Re lock and then unlock

    It works on mine
     
  3. Branston1080

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    Hi
    Thanks for this, unfortunately it's not central locking. I've tried the lean method unfortunately my 8 stone didn't budge it!
    The lock button above the release handle looks like the issue as it's not really moving much!
    Any thoughts?
     
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    I used to weigh 8 stone once :0(

    But that part looks off a car and would probably only be modified and have rods inside operating the lock itself.

    Lots of WD40 into the lock may help. Else I have nothing - sorry
     
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    Well, first thought would be, don't mess about with it until you get home if you're not sure what you're doing. A door that won't open is an inconvenience whilst you have other doors to use, a door that won't stay shut is much more of an immediate problem!

    Can you push the latch back from the inside at all, possibly using some kind of thin flexible tool down the side of the door? A credit card may do the trick, or a plastic kitchen spatula.

    Getting someone else to lean on the outside of the door whilst you fiddle with the button & handle inside is worth a try, their weight taking any strain off the lock.

    Stripping the inside of the door down to get at the locking mechanism may be an option, but only if you can get at the fixings with the door shut! It does look to me as if the trim around the handle can be popped off at least.

    And last resort of all is cutting through the lock latch with an oscillating multi-tool, done carefully the damage and hence new bits to buy can be minimised.
     
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