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iefpro01
09-10-2007, 01:18 PM
The closet door latch is dangerous and breaks easily. please change this design and let me retrofit something better on my unit...

v92c
09-10-2007, 02:44 PM
I relocated the latches on mine. Moved them to the top part of the door, they are less dangerous.

Uncle Rog
09-10-2007, 03:28 PM
I did the the same as the Texan, easy / quick fix until I find a good retro-fit, cut my arm twice, that was enough...........

Gary Steeves
09-10-2007, 08:44 PM
My wife has scrapped her arm twice and has hit her head once. I sure agree that a "fix" is in order. I will relocate to top as you have..

I hope Heartland will make alternative hardware available.

ChopperBill
09-10-2007, 10:01 PM
Anyone think that those magnetic tape strips might hold the doors? Could put a full length down the jambs.

Ray LeTourneau
09-10-2007, 10:39 PM
My wife is a crochet nut so she made little "booties" that cover our latches when we are parked. They prevent scrapes etc. They are however still a PITA to unlatch though.

jimtoo
09-10-2007, 11:21 PM
We took our latches off and threw those arm scratching, cutting things away. I just cut a 1X4 board about 1" longer than the open area when both doors are to one side. I use it to hold doors from opening and closing while traveling. When parked it just lays on closet floor. No more scratches or cuts, don't fight to get doors open.

nscaler2
09-11-2007, 05:27 AM
Heavy duty velcor purchased at Home Depot works great on ours. No scratches, easy to attach. I have a strip about 5 inches longs. Works like a charm.

Ray LeTourneau
09-11-2007, 10:28 AM
We took our latches off and threw those arm scratching, cutting things away. I just cut a 1X4 board about 1" longer than the open area when both doors are to one side. I use it to hold doors from opening and closing while traveling. When parked it just lays on closet floor. No more scratches or cuts, don't fight to get doors open.
That's a great idea.

hertzberg
09-11-2007, 04:35 PM
I did the same thing as Jimtoo and it works great. Attached a bit of foam on both sides of the board so I can wedge the board into the opening to ensure it doesn't slip out on rocky roads.

timk
09-11-2007, 07:10 PM
Amen. My wife shed blood the first trip out. Needless to say the mickey mouse little bloody catch didnt make the second trip.

Jim_1899
09-27-2007, 12:32 AM
My wife has a scare on her arm from the plastic latch on the closet door. I have been scratched many times too. I filed it off the points and now it is rounded. After reading about moving it I will do the same.

I hope they do make a change to a better product since it is a very inexpensive item.

Gary Steeves
12-13-2007, 09:31 PM
I tried the Velcro idea on 1 door and it works great. Didn't come open on a 900 mile trip "bouncing" down the road and yet is easy for us to open.

The other door will get done tomorow.

Ron Schoner
12-14-2007, 08:22 AM
I am on my 5th set of those _)(&^*&*$&^%# locks. I have moved them up. I have moved the out. I have used bungee cords. I will try the wood 1" and see if that works. Maybe I will even use velcor along with the wood. Or 10p nails and nail them closed......None

slmayor
12-14-2007, 11:02 AM
Thanks to the advice of all those that previously shed blood, I filed ours down to rounded corners as soon as we got it home. They're still a PITA to open though. 5 out of 10 times I break a nail trying to pry them open. Please Heartland, can we have some better latches?

Two Hands
12-14-2007, 04:46 PM
My right side closet latch has been broken and replaced two or three times. This posting reminded me that on our last outing the left side latch broke and I had forgotten about it. The velcro fastener sounds good. Would someone be kind enough to explain exactly how to use velcro to keep the closet doors closed.

ChopperBill
12-14-2007, 05:09 PM
Anyone think that those magnetic tape strips might hold the doors? Could put a full length down the jambs.
Bump-Has anyone tried this yet. Seemed like a good idea to me. None Would like someone else to do the R&D. ;)

seamo
12-14-2007, 07:56 PM
Hi I use the velco on my closet door when my latches broke for the third time. The velco really sticks. I love it-nice and tight. I got the idea from Judy and Tom Atkinson.

jpmorgan37
12-14-2007, 08:26 PM
Here is another idea. Take the plastic latch off. Drill a hole in the bottom through the track and door. Put a pin through when travelling. You don't need it when you are stationary. That's what we have on our sliding pantry. You can get fancy and use a little chain to secure the pin or keep a few 8d nails in case you misplace one. They will work just fine.

Gary Steeves
12-14-2007, 08:38 PM
I attached about a 6" strip of velcro to the edge of the door (midway up). Use a piece the same widthe as the door edge. I suggest you then attach the other side of the velcro to the piece you just attached to the door. Remove the strip to expose the sticky stuff and simply close the door. The piece will attach to the door frame and will provide perfect alignment of the 2 strips.

Mine works great. The doors stay put when traveling and it's not so much velcro that would make it difficult to open. Nothing protrudes, nothing to cut you up !!

Good luck !

snuffy
12-15-2007, 10:01 AM
Here is another idea. Take the plastic latch off. Drill a hole in the bottom through the track and door. Put a pin through when travelling. You don't need it when you are stationary. That's what we have on our sliding pantry. You can get fancy and use a little chain to secure the pin or keep a few 8d nails in case you misplace one. They will work just fine.

Wouldn't a 1/4" dowel placed in the track work just as well?

SmokeyBare
12-15-2007, 12:18 PM
After replacing our latches twice...I decided to fabricated a latch out of sheet metal... then I wrapped it with black electrical tape. It works as well as the plastic ones with out the risk of breaking so easily.

I did this only on one side (Left) as the other side was still working... well that one too finally broke. We were soon to be moving again so I used a Spring-loaded Refrigerator Bar to keep the door shut. It worked fine... Not sure I'll bother making another latch... just pop in the spring loaded bar to keep things in their place...

happyrover
12-15-2007, 01:10 PM
Have not experienced as many problems with the latches as some have but will tell you our answer to it. First, to open the door, simply apply a little pressure inward to the door at the latch and it will open easily. Then be careful reaching into the closet. Reverse the doors when you are not traveling and you don't have to worry about the latch locking.
I think all of the ideas were good, but why have Heartland retrofit them all when it has been done.
Just my thoughts.
Mel & NinaNone

brunomisty
01-31-2008, 03:51 PM
I found this info about how to fix the Closet door latch in the FMCA web site

http://www.fmca.com/fmc2008/febmag/tips.asp#Broken_Latch_Solution_

caddojay
01-31-2008, 07:35 PM
We rounded the sharp corners with an emery board and put them higher on the frame. Fill the hole left by the screw with a matching putty stick from Lowes. Almost all of the closets have the same sharp plastic latch. I like the heavyweight Velcro idea.

sealman
01-31-2008, 10:16 PM
Stacey has wounded herself many times and I know Stevie Wonder has already broken his. Now that I have actually left some skin on this thing myself, I am going to the lake tomorrow and see if I can figure a fix out. I have one of those suction cups with the lever on the back.
The fix for me may be, to attach the suction cup to the front of the rear sliding closet door. If you place the suction cup as close as possible to the left side of the front door there should be no sliding action during turns(the suction cup should stick out too far for the other door too pass). I'll let you know tomorrow.
John

Bob&Patty
01-31-2008, 10:43 PM
Last trip out it was cold and the latches would not even flex. Pat had some heavy duty velcro. Latches came off, fell into the trash, velcro went on. Doors did not come open all the way home.:) Easy fix. Bob

Cooper
02-01-2008, 09:49 AM
I have already replace a closet door because the latch was positioned wrong and Heartland would not pay for it and it was under warranty. They said it was my fault for not latching the door properly.
I replaced the door and reposition the latch.

tcbrady
02-01-2008, 11:46 AM
we are going to look into a design change here - thanks for the feedback and I'll keep you posted if anything changes.

pickuphunt
02-01-2008, 07:57 PM
While we are wintering in TX for three months, I simply took those latches off even though we keep the doors open most of the time. We both have torn some skin off the arms on those plastic latches. We leave the doors open due to the humidity here in the gulf area. We use a dehumidifier and leave the air fan run most of the time. It is too cool to run the air conditioner, but the combination of dehumidifier and the air fan along with leaving the doors open keep the clothes dry. Of course when we leave for MN, we put the latches back on.

slmayor
02-02-2008, 12:56 AM
Our latch broke the night before we took it in for service. I just used an extra expanding double refrigerator bar I had. Worked fine for traveling. A single tension bar would probably work OK too, just used what I could lay my hands on.

Mariposa
02-11-2008, 02:28 AM
Used the idea of the velcor. Works great. We have been on the road and have no trouble with open doors.
Bob

ChopperBill
02-11-2008, 11:09 AM
I have been thinking of ways to re-do the latch but funny thing is I have never had a problem with the ones that are there. Only time we latch them is when we are moving. When we are camped we just move the doors to the there opposite sides and they open and close with no problem. Get ready to travel we just slide 'em all to there correct sides and latch them.