Habitation door retainer

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  1. Chrisy

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    We have a spring loaded door retainer to keep the door open on warm days. I think it is marketed as a Viva door retainer and is useless. Trouble is in anything more than the slightest breeze the springs are too weak and the door slams shut. No probs except when fly screen across the opening when there is a high probability of it being damaged as there is a bin on the inside of the door. Has anyone got a good method of keeping the door open which doesn't require something heavy being placed against it?
     
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    Watching with interest .... Had the same thing happen - re fly screen and the door mounted bin...

    Although my door does not have Spring clips... Just a push fit thingy....

    It's a bit of a nuisance...
     
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    I have the same problem. When it gets slightly windy I attach a light rope between the hab door internal handle and the wingmirror. I've heard others attaching a bungy cord to the wheel arch.
     
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    I noticed at Malvern that @Brisey had a really good green strap thing holding back his door. Wish I'd asked him where it was from.
     
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    It's called a Gator Strap, we purchased it from Road Pro a year or so ago. We noticed at Malvern that SeaFlo were selling their own similar product.
     
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    Depends where your door is in relation to your back/front wheel. We use a bungee clipped on to the door handle with the other end on the wheel trim. Works a treat. I have seen some people use two or three bungees together to reach.
     
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    I have a webbing strap attached to the inside of the door using the screws in the lock mechanism's cover. It can be connected (via a quick release clip) to another strap anchored on the kitchen unit for extra door security at night. It can also be used to hold the hab door open using a common or garden bungee cord hooked onto the cab's passenger door handle.

    Not highly stylish, but it cost me sod all to make :)
     
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    Like the look of the raptor strap. Seems a safer solution than a bungee. Do you attach it to your door handle?
     
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    Don't waste time and money on plastic rubbish
    I fitted this over 2 yrs ago and it only undoes if you undo it.
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    Funnily I also thought it was 'Gator' Strap' too but couldn't find it:doh: Glad you came along @Brisey :clap2: We tried it with our hab door but needed at least 4 to reach from the door tt the cab door :Eeek:
     
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    We attach it between the habitation door handle and the cab door handle.
     
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    Bungee attached to the chassis rail and the door mechanism.
    I have to reach under at first to attach it to the chassis rail, but it stays there even when unhooked from the door.
    It's long enough to leave the end protruding so that it can easily be reached and seen, preventing driving away with it still hanging on.
    Autotrails effort at a door catch is a joke.
     
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    We use a bungee cord around the hab door and cab door handlesbut wrap the ends so won't scratch.
    All that money on a motorhome you think they would make better catches!!
     
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    Couldn't agree more!! The catch on ours takes a real push to attach it but the slightest breeze slams it shut :Eeek:
     
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    Just what we need but with a longer attachment. Do they do this in different lengths?

    KH
     
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    I tied a piece of string from the hab door to the passenger cab door. :gum:
     
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