Fitting the door

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John Ellet
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Fitting the door

It has been a minute since I've been on here.  I have been repairing all the fiberglass on my 13' camper. I am fitting the door and it appears to be an inch away from the camper when closed. How can I bring the door closer to the camper so that it seals well once the rubber seal is installed.

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A picture would help to see what problem ur having.

Just throwing out to eliminate roof sag issue. You must have the closet to the rear of the door, the wrought iron support between the kitchen upper and lower cabinets, and the aluminum stiffener running down the front interior side of the door. These are all required roof/door support points and any of them are missing you begin to get roof sag and door misalignment. May not be the issue, but a good place to start with door issues.

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Door fit

Greg has a good point about a deformed shell. Another thing to look at is the front door walkway metal frame horn. Under the trailer there is a little block of wood that is glassed over to attach the shell to the front frame horn, sometimes that wood rots away and cases the the shell to deform and cause door sag. On older trailers I always replace the hinge balls, springs and bolts with stainless bolts. Check the ball seat on the hinges for wear I seen some really worn ones. The new good seals are about 3/4" thick I would install the new seal first then deal with the door gap.

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Thanks Gregg and Eddie. All

Thanks Gregg and Eddie. All good points. All of those things are good but I did have the kitchen all out while I replaced the floor. I don't foresee that causing my door problem as it was there prior. After reading old posts on here I have learned that the doors straighten over time. I think that is my problem because the gap was below the bottom hinge. It was so bad that I decided to cut the inside of the door and put a strap around it and then refiberglass it. Everything looks perfect now.

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