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Old 07-17-2016, 04:36 PM   #1
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Default MB Sliding Bathroom Strap Broke

We have our new 2016 MB and on our first trip out the strap that secures the the bathroom door when traveling broke. Searching the forum for fixes but unfortunately have not found any posting for this issue.

Has anyone experienced an issue with this bathroom strap?



Thank you everyone for your assistance.

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Old 07-17-2016, 06:35 PM   #2
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I feel that the strap setup isn't the best. The strap in our '12 MB continually came unsnapped while we drove - we were resorting to sticking doorstops under the door <g>... I bought another strap and latch - same problem. I finally screwed a small block of hardwood in the corner at the back of the door (that is, the corner to the right of the toilet - I placed it around the height of the strap. I then mounted a hook and eye. End of problem!
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Old 07-17-2016, 10:15 PM   #3
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I feel that the strap setup isn't the best. The strap in our '12 MB continually came unsnapped while we drove - we were resorting to sticking doorstops under the door <g>... I bought another strap and latch - same problem. I finally screwed a small block of hardwood in the corner at the back of the door (that is, the corner to the right of the toilet - I placed it around the height of the strap. I then mounted a hook and eye. End of problem!
Great idea. Could you post a picture? I don't know why LTV, or any other RV manufacturer, still uses these plastic door retainers, as innovative as they seem to be. Perhaps they ordered a gajillion of them and will do something different once the stock is depleted

We don't have our Unity yet, but we always put bed pillows in the door jamb when traveling with our 5th-wheel. Before we began this practice, the strap come lose one time and the pocket door flew off the track and put a small hole in the bedroom wall

I like your idea and will certainly make a similar modification to our '17 TB. In the very least, we will put pillows in the doorway
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Old 07-18-2016, 04:07 PM   #4
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It sure works better than using rubber door stops <g>... I'll try to get a photo after work - Jean is taking the MB tomorrow and it won't be back till the weekend, so today's the day... Those straps would be fine if the snaps were solid enough, but they're simply not. When we bought our MB (7400 miles on it), the problem had clearly already begun, as the door striker plate was dented - obviously from the door coming loose on a turn and slamming into the striker plate.
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It sure works better than using rubber door stops <g>... I'll try to get a photo after work - Jean is taking the MB tomorrow and it won't be back till the weekend, so today's the day... Those straps would be fine if the snaps were solid enough, but they're simply not. When we bought our MB (7400 miles on it), the problem had clearly already begun, as the door striker plate was dented - obviously from the door coming loose on a turn and slamming into the striker plate.
At least it was just the door striker plate and not a wall, like ours!

Look forward to your pics. Thanks
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Old 07-19-2016, 01:00 AM   #6
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We simply replaced the snap closure with the heavier duty velcro run on the length of the straps. Works great.

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Old 07-19-2016, 01:41 AM   #7
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Here are 2 pics...
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Old 07-19-2016, 02:26 AM   #8
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The screw holding the male part of the snap is too short. Very easy fix with a longer screw. I actually used a pop rivet to hold the male part two years ago...3 minute fix!
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Here are 2 pics...
Sorry, but I can't open the files. Computer won't open; php file extension. What program? Can you save as jpg?
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Old 07-19-2016, 12:35 PM   #10
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Sorry about that - it must have been a Mac thing. I'm a PC guy trying to survive in a Mac world - let's see if this works...
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