Caution – this post contains hardware installation instructions.
Fingers crossed this solves an annoying problem.
It seems to be a common problem with the pantry that, while driving, the drawers slide out, hitting the door causing it to swing open. Newmar’s solution was to place a few more latches which worked, but made it very difficult to open the door. We had installed a sliding tray in the under sink cabinet in order to have better access to things stored there and this cause the same problem with the door opening while in transit.
Our solution was to install some 1st Alert safety latches which are intended for baby proofing. These latches open and close using a magnetic ‘key’. We purchased them from Amazon for a cost of $16 that included a 4 pack of latches with one key. We need to purchase an additional key in case we lose or misplace our one and only key.
Here’s how we did it and how it works:
The process involves the installation of the latch on the inside of the door and the lock plate on the frame. This is accomplished with the furnished templates, a drill with appropriately sized drill bits, and a Phillips Head screwdriver. Please take a few minutes looking through the instructions and playing with the mechanism to feel comfortable with how it works. I have to admit being skeptical of the installation procedure (but that is normal for me). So rather than using the supplied double sided tape templates to mark exact hole locations, I used Scotch Tape first to test the process. It worked well enough that I used the prescribed method on the second door. A word of caution though. Since you will be drilling a couple of holes in the back of the cabinet door, make certain you check the drill depth so you don’t drill through. I do that by wrapping the drill bit with some tape to indicate proper depth.
So how do they work once installed? There is a push button on the latch that allows the lock to engage or not. For us in the Motor Home, we only have the lock engaged while driving. Once at our new site location, we hold the magnetic key against the front of the cabinet door over the latch. This pulls the actual lock back into the latch allowing the door to be opened. Once opened, we push the button to disable the lock allowing the cabinet door to be used as normal. With limited use so far it has worked great and has solved the issue of sliding drawers pushing open the pantry doors while traveling.