Free 7 Day Trial RV GPS App RV Trip Planner Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 09-10-2011, 07:51 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 152
Side Doors Come Loose

I've noticed that although my double doors will start out closed tight, once I get offroad, or even hit some big bumps on the road, the doors will shake loose a bit. They don't come open, but they come loose enough that they start squeaking. I'm referring to the side double doors that access the passenger area, not the driver or passenger single doors.

Any suggestions for a solution to this are appreciated.
__________________

Pete is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2011, 08:58 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
SheepShagger's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Posts: 369
Re: Side Doors Come Loose

Sounds like they are not latching correctly before you hit offroad. First I'd check that all of the catches are working, both bottom and top. If not, lube them before pulling them apart or replacing them. If they are, then reset the door's. It's very very common to have to re-set the doors and latches on the barn-style doors. While the bottom catches will usually latch, the top don't. When you shut the door, hold it up high and push it shut with some force, (not slam it).
__________________

SheepShagger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-10-2011, 09:20 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Posts: 582
Side Doors Come Loose

There is at least one more thread on this. It recommended silicone lubricant.

The top latch of my left door was coming loose as you describe. I got the silicone spray at my local Ford dealership and it has worked for the past two months with one application.
__________________
Current: 2014 15 Passenger V8
Former: 2009 SMB 4x4 6.0
TwoVans is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 01:45 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
carringb's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Corvallis, OR
Posts: 5,071
Re: Side Doors Come Loose

I had to adjust the upper striker outward on a van, because it was doing the exact same thing. If it's adjusted too far inward, the secondary latch won't close all the way. As mentioned above, they need periodic lubrication.
__________________
2000 E450 dually V10 wagon
carringb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 08:27 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
jage's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Parker, CO
Posts: 7,621
Re: Side Doors Come Loose

Close the rear side door by holding the middle of the window frame at the edge of the door and slamming it. If that closes it tight enough then read this:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4822&p=61065&hilit=side+door+p antry#p61065
__________________
good to be back
jage is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 10:40 AM   #6
Site Team
 
daveb's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Turlock Ca
Posts: 10,174
Garage
Re: Side Doors Come Loose

I notice on my doors, that if the first door is not closed hard enough it will latch shut but might not be fully closed. After closing the second door, if I push on the doors and they move slightly, the first door has not been fully closed. Mine will close correctly provided I use enough force to make sure both are fully shut.
__________________
2006 Ford 6.0PSD EB-50/E-PH SMB 4X4 Rock Crawler Trailer

Sportsmobile 4X4 Adventures..........On and off road adventures
daveb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-11-2011, 03:00 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Indy
Posts: 534
Re: Side Doors Come Loose

I also remember the previous posts regarding this problem and have had the same issue. It does seem that adding lube (I used tri-flow) to the parts on the door that closes first at the top latch helps. At least until a really big bump hits. Haven't tried adjusting the door yet.

Try this link also:

viewtopic.php?f=5&t=4822&hilit=side+doors+rattle
__________________

__________________
2008 Ford E-350 Quigley 4x4 V10 - 164,000 miles
RB50, PH Top, Dual AGM Group 27 Deka, 2000 Tripplite Inv., No Propane or Water Systems
Van Weight 8,100 pounds, added one rear leaf spring, BFG AT KO LT265/70R17 E Tire press 50psi.
Steve_382 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Sportsmobile SIP or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:23 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
×