Thetford fridge broken spring fix

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  1. SandJ

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    My spring broke on the Thetford fridge so I devised this fix
    Remove the 2 screws and place a large spring (from a cigar lighter is what I used) right under the latch. This should not break and it gives sufficient force to work the latch.:thumb:
     

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    Works as it should
     

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    Not wishing to be a pedant but isn't that the wrong way round? I've just spent £13 on a replacement catch - you can't of course get a spring separately - after I'd tried all sorts:cry:. Your solution would actually hold the latch open - I think?:Confused:

    Terry
     
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    Terry believe me it works as I did not fancy paying £13 and tried a couple of solutions. The spring makes the latch level which is correct for it being locked. I am holding it open so you can see the spring If you've still got your old one try it :thumb:
     
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    Double post?
     
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    You can't beat the real thing !!

    How much did you pay for the motorhome ??? :Eek!:

    And now you do a bodge job !!!:Doh:

    My mind boggles if your Thetford cassette goes tits up !!:Rofl1::Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    yes, but the 'bodge job' spring will probably last a lot longer than the original or any original replacement :RollEyes:
     
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    Bodge job

    I really like to do a so called bodge job..........this makes the motorhome my own but importantly stops us being ripped off by the manufacturers who charge a fortune for switches and catches etc.

    In fact we could do with a thread listing bodge jobs.

    1.Toilet compartment got flooded (don't ask??) replaced the fan with a 12v computer fan and the boxed carbon filter(£16) with a bag of activated carbon chips (£2 from Ebay)

    2.Of course Bio liquid in the toilet which is a lot cheaper and smells nicer than the original stuff.

    ANY MORE ??
     
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    Well if I had seen your reply and the two replies were not there Jim would be banning me:Angry:
    The fix is a fix of a very poor method that Thetford use as stated the spring should last and it works as it should

    Now tell me why I should have paid £13 when I didn't need to? Also how much I paid for my Motorhome has what relevance?:Eeek:


    I am censoring myself with the rest of the reply
    :Doh:
     
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