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Old 06-12-2013, 07:00 PM   #1
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Default Flush-mount door handle

When I went to the RV show last winter, I saw the new models of TM using flush-mount door handles. Seems like they would be easier to open with a finger (when my hands are full), so I decided to retro-fit my 2417 with one. Glad I did!

Had to remove the old deadbolt, and the old round handle. Now, the flush-mounts are rectangular bodies, so I had to do some cutting. Used a power jigsaw, and had no issues.

Also had to ream-out the latch mechanism area, but that was not an issue, either. I was going to take pictures along the way, but got too into it, and forgot. Although I am ADD, sometimes I am too focused on getting a project completed.

Where the deadbolt was, I put in a standard hole cover, purchased at Home Depot in the handle hardware area. Had to cut off some of the bottom of the circle on both inside and outside, but that was no problem.

Sealed with white silicone around the outside, so I should have no leaks.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:55 AM   #2
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Nice job, looks like the standard flush mount RV door handle.
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Old 06-13-2013, 08:05 AM   #3
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Thanks! Yes, it is a standard RV handle. Just had to plug the hole where the deadbolt was, so it almost looks original.
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Old 07-08-2024, 03:00 PM   #4
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I love this, very nice job. I am going to be installing one of these myself. If you get a chance, can you post how you did the jamb where the latch catches. I want to have all my plans in place when I cut into my door lol.
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Old 07-09-2024, 11:03 AM   #5
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That looks great! I also find the knob and deadbolt set-up something of a pain. Looks like a nice upgrade project for the summer!
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Old 07-12-2024, 11:50 AM   #6
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Default Good job and good post!

I will also be doing this mod in the near future!
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