RV Gear: Less-Stress Closet Latch

Plastic Latch Support
Illustration by William Tipton


Over the years, a few of the plastic latches on my RV’s sliding closet doors have broken. Universal replacement latches vary somewhat in the location of the mounting holes, and it is difficult to get the tension just right on the latch. Even after finding the best location, the latches break again after a while. I have looked for more rugged latches to no avail, so I came up with a way to improve the flexibility of the latch. My repair included a layer of rubber shelf material between the latch and the closet door frame. Now the latch and rubber layer flex, and the stress on the plastic latch is reduced. Screws are tightened to just snug. So far, so good.

Stephen Ezzell | Suffolk, Virginia



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