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No More Damaged Bathroom Door

Welcome to the second entry in September’s Medium Mod Contest.  One Medium Mod will be published in every Email Alert in September.  At the end of the month, we’ll hold a reader vote to determine September’s winner.  Click here for information about the 2021 Mod Contest, including how to enter.

No More Damaged Camper Door Mod

Scott Henry, Lowell, North Carolina
No More Damaged Bathroom Door
2003 Dodge Ram 2500
2012 Arctic Fox 992

We had a damaged bathroom door frame and vinyl flooring around the toilet.

Camper Switch For Slide Out 1

The problem happened when the slide was open all the way and the bathroom door was left open all the way.  When the slide was brought in, it hit the door and crushed the frame.  Also, the frame damaged the vinyl floor in the bathroom.

Camper Switch For Slide Out 2

It was just a case of not observing the location of the bathroom door before bringing in the slide.  After my mod, if the bathroom door is open anywhere in its travel, the slide will not move in to damage the bathroom door.

I installed a switch on top of the door frame and wired it to an in/out switch that operates the slide.  I also bought an open plunger switch at Lowes.

Camper Switch For Slide Out 3

Then I drilled a hole in the top of the bathroom door frame.  I ran two-conductor speaker wire from the in/out switch to the slide-out switch at the camper’s entrance doorway.

Camper Switch For Slide Out 4

I spliced wire into that switch in series with that switch.  Both switches would have to be activated for the slide-out to operate.

A roll of speaker wire is about $5 and the switch was about $7.  Switches can be ordered online from Jameco Electronics and Amazon.  Wire caps or any wire connector can be used to hook the bathroom door switch wiring to the slide-out switch wiring.

This mod has worked out fantastic!  It is no longer possible to accidentally damage the bathroom door with the slide-out.  Now, when the bathroom door is left open, the slide-out will not move.  When the bathroom door is closed, it pushes on the switch completing the circuit to operate the slide-out.

It took me three hours to complete this modification and cost me $15.  In my opinion, the skill level of this modification is medium.

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