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#11 Rodeor

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Posted 19 August 2018 - 07:15 PM

Hi there, I'm new to this site and just saw the notes on opening the upper door when top down. That was useful & easier on an older version. Now on my 2003 the lock set is different. I could not see the picture included in the post from "thisoldcamper" in July 2015. I'd sure like to learn about the "new solution"
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#12 PackRat

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Posted 20 August 2018 - 05:48 PM

Here is another pic of a 1976 rear door latch designed to let you open the top door frim the inside when the top is DOWN:

 

1976 Rear Door Lock and Rod.jpg

 

 


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#13 Rodeor

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Posted 21 September 2018 - 05:42 PM

Yes, I see the picture now and it shows the door latch I had on previous camper and mine had the extension rod to open from inside when top down.
I'll have to look for an older latch if I want to do that on my 2003 Alaskn.
Thanks for the picture
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Posted 21 September 2018 - 11:20 PM

I have a piece of parachute cord tied to the handle and looped through the pull on my ‘74.

It is useful for closing the top door. I can pull the cord and unlatch the handle from the wind catch on the back wall.

I test pulled vertically a number of times with the top up. I got looking I might need to add a top pull for closing the top door in top down mode.
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