Swift Kontiki Habitation Door.

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  1. M1ke

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    I have a 2012 Swift Kontiki 679. The habitation door although well made, has no latch or other device to keep it open? A few times the wind has caught it and slammed it shut, which is quite dangerous. Am I missing something? Surely for safety sake the door should have some kind of device to keep it open? Or do I have to invest in a bungee cord attached to the wing mirror? (It would make a nice washing line :))
     
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    bungee sounds good to me, hee hee
     
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    I find that very odd that it doesn't have anything. Our Swift Lifestyle has a stay at the top that locks when you open the door fully.
     
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    When the door is opened you can detect the faintest of click as the door hinges find the "indentation", but it does not lock in any way to prevent it closing if there is a sudden gust of strong wind. I guess I'll have to resort to the bungee cord in inclement weather. Or I could just "Shut that door" as Larry Grayson would have said!
     
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    Seems IMG_20150701_124532833.jpg strange nothing at all. I have a much older model of the kontiki it does have a little plastic but not much good in a strong wind so I use a bungee down to the locker which works quite well.
     
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    We had a similar problem with a Swift (Bessy) - which also doesn't have a flush-fitting door. There was an aluminium 'arm' at the top of the door which was worse than useless, any gust of wind and it dis-engaged, and in the end we took it off.
    We found that though the slamming shut was a problem, the slamming OPEN when caught by a (small) gust ended up with a little dimple in the door where it hit against a rivet on the body.
    Taking the arm off actually gave us more options as we could open the door much wider to fit a catch. After discussion with the dealer about what was available, they fitted this:
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Viva-Door...528?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_3&hash=item35dd973b40
    - the spring stops the door slamming into the body if blown open. It restricts opening one of the windows but it's a trade-off we're happy with so far.
    It hasn't yet been 'field tested' in winds blowing from the front of the van .....
     
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    Tribute T620 - same problem, bungee cord catch to wheel; sorted!
     
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    Hi we have a swift Voyager that is fitted with the top stay,we had the wind push the door back and it hit the fiberglass covers
    around bottom of van and put a small crease in the door I can put a sticker over it but would sooner do a better job of the stay
    if any one has any suggestions. so depending on your van a stay may not solve the problem.
     
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    How did it push the door back if it has a stay at the top?
     
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    The 679 door doesn't open right back against the body. However has a sort of friction latch/detent in the open position. We too have a slam in windy conditions. Go for the bungee works a treat.
     
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    I have a Swift Sundance 630L and the door stay fitted to the top of the door is useless. My Dutch friend has one of these fitted to his MH and I have arranged to have mine fitted when I get back to the UK :

    http://m.ebay.co.uk/itm/181188973808?nav=SEARCH

    You can get plastic ones as well in white or black.
     
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