Habitation Door Lock Problem

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  1. Graham A

    Graham A Read Only Funster

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    I have a problem with the habitation door locking mechanism on my 2012 Bailey Approach 740. A small spring on the bottom internal latch has broken (photos attached). According to my local dealer Bailey can only supply the whole door locking mechanism (in excess of £220), not just a replacement spring!

    I believe the door is made by Hartal but the locking mechanism appears to be made by an Italian company FAP. I have emailed FAP to try & source a replacement spring but they haven’t responded.

    Can anyone help with a source for a replacement spring or suggest a more cost effective repair?
     

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    downloadfile-1.gif Sorry I cant help you but welcome .
     
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    Tony beat me to it ! You will not get an exact match but one close enough that will allow you to bend it to shape

    The other option is look for caravan breakers.. A whole 2nd hand lock will be about £30
     
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    Some good advice and the best reason to join this, the best Motorhome forum on the net, hope you get your problem sorted, welcome to FUN. (y)
     
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    Hi,l have the same problem with a FAP lock. My lock is not the same as yours but the broken Spring is doing the same job.
    I visited a spring maker in Bradford who examined the broken Spring and said they would have to charge maybe £50 to make one. He then gave me approx 60cms of the correct wire. Said have a go or find someone to make one.
    The lock is currently working in a temp Fred Carnos fashion but I will have a go at making a spring
    I am waiting for a response from a company that seems to have a lock in stock. I keep you advised. Rex
     
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    I bought some piano wire from eBay and made a new spring for my lock. It isn't a straightforward process as spring steel is a bugger to bend. Persevere though and you will end up with something resembling your spring. Good luck(y)
     
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    Hi, have now requested supply of a new lock from 2 sources. Still no reply from either !!
    Fortunately the nicker elastic is working brill. However a good supply has been obtained in case of breakage.
    Lucky this bodge has taken the pressure off getting a more permanent solution.
    I will try to make a spring but I prefer getting a new lock first.
    Will update when good news is available. Rex
     
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    Thanks Andy, how are you hope you are good.
    My problem seems to be that my lock is not the norm and whilst I have found suppliers but not for my lock . In the end making a spring will be the solution I feel.. You would think a "locksmith" would be able to make a spring? No chance !
    I have to say the guy at the spring maker in Bradford was brill.
    Regards Rex
     
  11. GJH

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    Just a thought but could a spring from an old mortice lock be bent to shape or otherwise made to fit?
     
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    You can buy small packets of various length of springs, just cut one to fit. Mine has many springs and I have mended them all in this fashion.
    You will find many on Ebay which will allow you to fashion one to your need, just search for springs.
     
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    This was the spring I made to replace the broken FAP on my Starspirit. Took a while but it worked.
    [​IMG]
     
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    Graham. Man at bradford gave me a length of the correct wire and explained how to make Spring. Said not to worry about accuracy of bends etc.
    Will have a go !!
    Rex
     
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    Thanks for that Andy looks like lock is very similar to mine. Confidence is building
     
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