help cannot open caravan door

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  1. dshague

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    went out to my swift escape ,cannot open the caravan door it will open on the lock ,pull out two inches .it seems to be jammed on the top ,there is a door restrianer
    at the top of door,,, any idea's how to fix thanks

     
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    Try moving the restrainer by placing a thin piece of metal alongside? Just a guess.
     
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    When we used to gave a caravan , the lock was in the middle. It didn't have a lock at the top or bottom. Could it just be the rubber seals stuck together.
     
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    We have a similar problem with my sisters hab door, only in reverse - we can't always close it! It appears that the restrainer has bent slightly. We have to manhandle the bar at times to get the door to shut. The intention is to replace the restraining bar in the top of the door soon.
     
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    thanks for your reply can get my fingers round door when open a not stuck on seal
     
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    Assuming you are at home and not stuck outside literally, wait until tomorrow when it is light, stand on some steps and with a torch try and see what is jamming it. A thin, long, flat screwdriver could be useful for poking things.

    If you are stuck somewhere and freezing to death, just pull hard!
     
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    You say it's a Swift Escape 'caravan' as opposed to a Motorhome?

    If it's a caravan and you can't budge it (maybe the door stay was bent in recent wind' or it's just Sod's law???)

    If you can only get 2" access from outside, you may have to use the coat hanger trick on a window to get inside and tackle it from the interior. Won't tell you how, as you never know who's reading the thread. Think you get the gist?
     
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    wingman thanks,,,, van is a coachbuilt its the rear door that's the problem am at home will try to open in morning ,coat hanger /slim metal /big crow bar ....
     
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    Can you go in through the cab and see what's stopping it opening?
     
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    It's a caravan.
     
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    Love the confusion here - but it does make you think what you would do in the same circumstances with an A class with only one door - whatever you want to call it!
     
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    Oh is it a coach built Motorhome? You said swift caravan Door ?
     
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    should have said the problem is with the habitation door ..does that stop the confusion
     
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    Just a thought. As an ex-caravaner I had a similar experience some years ago.

    The cause was :- corner steadies not wound down equally twisting the body/chassis slightly. This caused the door frame to distort.

    Lifting all four off the ground cured the problem.

    Hope this helps.
     
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    Ah that will be the later swift non escape model.
     
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    I'm doubly confused now! @dshague said it was an Escape Caravan ( I believe Swift do an 'Escape' both in the caravan AND Motorhome ranges?)

    Now, the OP talks about a 'coachbuilt'. I wouldn't have suggested getting through the window if it were an MH (n)
     
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    OK 'dsh'. I see it all now. Sorry for suggesting you climb through the window :smiley:
    Just wait till tomorrow's daylight, get in via the cab and investigate from the inside.

    As outlined above, could be all sorts....

    Good luck. Let us know what the outcome was.

    Regards
    James
     
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    Think it needs clarifying...
    Swift Escape Caravan 1 door...... go in through a window..(y) ;)

    Swift Escape Motorhome 3 doors..... go in through another door.. (y) ;)
     
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    Take the key, open the driver door, get inside, walk to side door and remove stay.Open the side door!!! Simples.
     
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    Exactly the same thing happened to my neighbours Bessacar - ie also a swift! Possibly not a coincidence.

    The door stay was between the door and the door frame, at the top, so not possible to get at it from inside the van.

    My only suggestion is to spray my favourite fix it - ie WD40 around the door stay, above the door.

    After that I think you have to force it from the inside, and hope nothing breaks. If its under guarantee I would take it back to the dealer!
     
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