Bent motorhome door fazes RVer

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By Chris Dougherty
Chris Dougherty is a certified RV technician. Here is a letter he received from a reader while he was serving as RVtravel.com’s technical editor.

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Dear Chris,
I own a 2004 Jayco 27DS motorhome. The side entrance door is slightly bent. The lower part of the door where it opens is a little less than an inch from closing. There is no sound of wind whistling when I drive. The door opens toward the back of the motorhome.

My question is: Can I repair this somehow by bending the door back in place? When it is cold, there is a small draft coming from the space where the door does not meet the frame. The frame appears to be square. —Roy Christensen

Dear Roy,
The answer to your question is “yes.” I have seen RV doors get tweaked and not seal properly, and if the one corner is out and the rest of the door and jamb are true, then carefully bending it back is OK. Another option is to replace the weather strip with something more substantial to take up the space.

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Regarding “Bent motorhome door fazes RVer”:

I have the same issue, but it wasn’t a bent door as
I first thought.
The gas shock is at the bottom of the door pushes the
lower part of the door out. I repositioned the shock so
it places less pressure on the door when closing.

Not much more can be done without eliminating the shock
altogether.