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Old 06-26-2006, 10:08 AM   #1
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Has anyone else besides me experienced an outer compartment door "breaking off"?

I believe I posted previously about a door weld breaking, POP rivets snapping, & tape failing such that my door fell off. After 1+ years, the repair was recently completed by my dealership. The paint doesn't match, the swirls were hand-painted on, by a child I think. and adjacent doors physically interfere.

Well, there is some bad news as well, for all you owners of late model GS coaches (A little sarcasm?). A 2nd door fell off. Same story: welds broke, POP rivets snapped, tape peeled loose & door separated from coach.

I examined all my compartment doors and found EVERY weld failed at the end the strut mounts to. EVERY weld was just a glob of weld filler material either burned thru or barely attached to the base material. Carbon arc splatter all around. Apparently, the low-cost bidder didn't believe in TIG or MIG welding, nor training their high school apprentices in welding technique. At the most, 4 small-guage POP rivets were used along the length of the hinge, certainly inadequate for the strength required. The door skin is fastened to the frame by double faced tape - an acceptable solution provided the surfaces are properly prepared. Mine are coming unstuck.

I would like to hear if anyone else is experiencing this problem.
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Old 06-28-2006, 08:57 AM   #2
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Mine has not broken off but the latch snapped off. I have a bungee cord holding it shut not.
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Old 06-28-2006, 12:42 PM   #3
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KatiesDad,

See my response to you about the broken latch in your other posting. My failure was with the hinge assembly. Everyone should examine their compartment doors.

GS recently changed manufacturer of the doors, and improved the design. The door skin now wraps around the frame & is an integral part of the hinge. In the design used on my coach, all of the strength is supposed to come from 2 small aluminum welds, which were made by amateurs (blow-thru, blobs, carbon deposits).

Everyone should also check the latch-loop attachment to the coach frame. The self-thread bolts just barely hold by a single thread.
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Old 06-29-2006, 01:18 AM   #4
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The only problem we have with our compartment doors is they slide together making it hard to open one with out it hanging up on the next one. Have to push it aside. Can't think of a way to block them to keep them in place.
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