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Habitation top catch

Post by Billy Ruffian on Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:24 pm

the top lock on our habitation door has stopped working.   The part of the that moves down into the catch, (a pin?) is floppy and can be pushed up and down.   Any ideas?
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by Quilter on Mon Oct 03, 2016 2:45 pm

Welcome to the club Billy ! It's a common problem and one to which we have tried several solutions: new clips, sirclips, glue, visits to AS and dealer and more. Current fix is a bungee round the door and attached to the front wheel. 

There is a post somewhere recent on the forum about writing to Miriad, who will supply a new clip.

Be careful when it does come adrift that you either fix the metal strip back on pdq or remove it altogether. Ours made a nasty mess of the door when it slammed.
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by Billy Ruffian on Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:36 pm

I might not have explained properly - our problem is with the top catch on the habitation door.   The bit that keeps the door closed.
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by Quilter on Mon Oct 03, 2016 3:40 pm

Billy Ruffian wrote:I might not have explained properly - our problem is with the top catch on the habitation door.   The bit that keeps the door closed.


Ah..my fault. I assumed you'd got the usual door problem !
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by Peter Brown on Mon Oct 03, 2016 5:40 pm

There is a spring in the catch which will have broken. You have to dismantle the door trim which is fixed on with double sided tape and screws to get at the catch - its all very delicate. If in doubt, take it to a dealer or the AS service centre at Willersey

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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by constable on Sat Nov 26, 2016 11:49 am

I have the same problem with the habitation door on a Devon.  Where do I get a spring and/or a top catch mechanism please.
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by oldfred on Sat Nov 26, 2016 4:22 pm

The spring which Willersey fitted after my bottom catch failed only lasted a few months. It was very tight and adapted to fit I think rather than a proper sized one. I've gone back to using a postman's rubber band I found on the drive and this has lasted over a year now. 

It could do with a more permanent solution as it's a faff taking off the door trim to re-fix it.
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by logburner on Sat Nov 26, 2016 8:32 pm

I think I'm glad I've only got one catch on my door, although, when that is playing up, it gets a bit desperate.
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by raymondo on Sun Nov 27, 2016 10:37 am

Had the same issue two years ago as I was away at the time I pressed on regardless relying on the bottom catch to secure the door and blow me if that didnt fail  about two weeks later!

This meant that the door wouldnt stay closed and certainly couldnt be locked I jerry rigged it until I got home and just used the front doors.

When I got it fixed the dealer gave me the two broken springs - for that had been the problem - and such pathetic excuses for springs they were!
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Re: Habitation top catch

Post by inspiredron on Sun Dec 04, 2016 1:00 am

You have probably got the Hartal door. Miriad will almost certainly send you the parts. On my 2012 van there is no sticky tape but it is a bit of a faff to get at the mechanism. I have posted somewhere on this site instructions with photos to deal with another problem on the lock. If I can find it I will edit this post.

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