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Old 01-19-2015, 11:11 AM   #1
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Magnet on outside hatch

We had a problem with the magnet on the outside hatch when we first got it. It was replaced. Now a year later, the magnet doesn't hold again. The magnets will each hold a wrench, but will not hold the door up for longer than a minute. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:46 PM   #2
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It almost sounds like the door frame is warped along the top. If the magnet will hold a wrench, it's not the magnet that's at fault. Sounds more like the door is pulling away from the magnet (spring action). You might try "tweeking" the top of the door by using a screwdriver inside the frame along the top edge to bend it out a touch to take some of the tension off the door when it's in the open position.

If not that, possibly the vinyl weather stripping is not bending enough to allow the door to fully open???

Otherwise, I'd be out of ideas.
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:47 PM   #3
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I'm having an exact same issue on one of our basement doors. The door would stay open until the slightest movement of the trailer and then it would let go. This happened one time while I was removing something from the basement and it closed on my back. Not fun!!!!

It appears that the surface the hinge is mounted on is slightly curved in which is binding the hinge. Our trailer is presently at the dealer having this and couple other minor repairs taken care of.
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Old 01-19-2015, 02:53 PM   #4
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Magnetic door latch

Taking mine in tomorrow for the same thing. It seems to work when it's extremely warm out.
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Old 01-19-2015, 03:09 PM   #5
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I'm having an exact same issue on one of our basement doors. The door would stay open until the slightest movement of the trailer and then it would let go. This happened one time while I was removing something from the basement and it closed on my back. Not fun!!!!

It appears that the surface the hinge is mounted on is slightly curved in which is binding the hinge. Our trailer is presently at the dealer having this and couple other minor repairs taken care of.
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Taking mine in tomorrow for the same thing. It seems to work when it's extremely warm out.
When you get the repairs done, please post the "fix" so others can possibly save a trip to the dealership and/or an "expensive repair bill for a simple task". Thanks !!!
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:27 PM   #6
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Planned on doing just that John

If it wasn't under warranty, I would loosing the hinge from the center outward in both directions and put shims in until binding stops. Hardest part would be removing the sealant.
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Old 01-19-2015, 06:48 PM   #7
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Ours holds when its warm, but not when its cold. Hinge shrinkage?
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Old 01-19-2015, 07:40 PM   #8
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Thanks, we appreciate the help. Hope it works better in warmer weather next week!
And thanks for letting us know when you get yours fixed.
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Old 01-21-2015, 04:14 AM   #9
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I had the same issue with my basement hatches, I ordered 4 sets of magnets online and added 2 more to each hatch door. Now I have a total of 3 on each door. This was a cheap and easy solution to the problem.
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Old 01-25-2015, 02:02 PM   #10
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I, like others here had trouble when weather was cold but the magnet held when it was warm. I just install a second latch of the old fashioned kind, with a spring loaded hooked end.
Problem solved for me but the wife cannot reach the hooked latch.
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