Motorhome garage doors swing shut

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  1. veevee

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    We have just started to prepare our new to us Hymer Starline 680 2006 for it's first journey and found that I'm using brooms propped against the open garage doors to keep them open and to stop them swinging shut.

    The original Hymer 2 piece plastic door holders sort of works if it's not windy but in gusts of wind they don't stand a chance as the doors are so large.

    My idea was to fit a metal cleat (the same as used on some Hymers for retaining the front screen covers) on the body and one on the door and using some form of hook on strap (like a dog leash eye?) to stop the door from swinging shut.

    Anyone come up with a better idea or is there a regular other method you use to keep garage doors that are hinged on the side from moving?

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    If it does blow shut have you got a release handle inside, ours doesn't and it worries me when it's very windy, ours is top hinged on gas struts but can still blow shut.

    It might be worth replacing the plastic catches on yours.

    Martin
     
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    Thanks Martin. I did think of replacing the catches but they still work quite well. The problem they have (poor design idea) is they are positioned so close to the hinges that the leverage of a gust wind or almost any force on the center or outside of the door can easily pull the catch apart. Maybe I'll experiment with placing the catches further out towards the edge of the door if that's possible as that would allow the catches to work more effectively, but a restrainer seemed like a good idea?

    ps: yes there is an internal release handle
     
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    OK if they are close to the hinges forget them, stupid idea.

    If you move the catch it will leave holes of course.

    Martin
     
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    Probably not a cheap option but you could perhaps fix gas struts to the doors. Some Hymers (like my B614SL) have them. They seem to work quite well.

    Mike
     
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    As said, a stupid idea

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    Have same problem on vertical storage door, temporary fix insert tissue !!!!
     
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    Same problem on my Hymer garage door.. I replaced the catch .. but no better

    As a stop gap measure I use a short bungee onto the Truma vent.. not ideal.. but it has saved my back a few times

    Gas strut is probably the best solution..

    Have the same problem on the hab door.. use a bungee onto the side mirror arm


    where would we be without bungees and gaffer tape..
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    For the lifting garage door I fitted an 'RV Baggage locker catch'..

    that works a treat.. prior to fitting this I had a few sore heads .. and yes I know the van is filthy.. :LOL:

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    Something like these do?

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    Where do you buy them Jim?
     
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    I think the area of the doors are too large for that style of catch Badknee, like trying to hold a large golfing umbrella when it's windy
     
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    Well splash out on one of these then like wot yon Savoy do innitt.
    It's ya doorman see, 'old it open a treat them duz. ;)

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    I haven't found a solution to the large garage door problem despite replacing the friction catch with a new version of the same.
    Regarding the habitation door, I used to have the same problem as Scotjimland and used to fix a strap between door and mirror arm too. Then I fitted a new replacement friction catch and have not had to use the strap since.

    I would be careful about attaching a bungee to the Truma vent though as the vents get brittle with age and heat. I poked a finger through the centre of mine last summer in France and had to fit a replacement when we got home.
     
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    yes , I had them on the RV.. lockers and hab door.. must get one for that big garage door..
     
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    I use a couple of these Mini Dent Puller Suction cups to hold open my garage doors in windy conditions. Attach the suction cup to the motorhome side wall and anchor the doors,even the habitation door, to them with a short bungee strap. I've attached 15mm pipe clips to the fixed handle on the suction cup with a nut and bolt. One of the sides of the pipe clip anchors in the channel running round the door frame,without the need for a bungee.
    Sorry can't post a pic of my setup at the moment.
     

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    That's clever Margaritaman, thanks
     
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