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You know how it is when you are parked just slightly off level toward the street - the door will not stay open, no way, no how....

 

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The eyelet is a thin piece of stainless steel, with a hole in it just large enough to allow two sections of standard nylon paracord to slide through it with a good amount of drag. When installing onto the door, be sure to support the bottom of the door or it might come apart, since that screw holds the frame together at the upper corner.

 

The cord is adjustable for length just by sliding it, and you can remove it entirely by pulling through the eyelet since there is no knot in the left side of it.

 

Set the length so that it will just slip under the knob at the bottom for travel.

 

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Works good, if you slip the end under just the outer arm of the coat hook, you can still hang stuff like hats from it.

 

Be sure to sear the cut ends or they will look nasty. And you don't have to use bright green ;)

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

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We just got the small door magnets. On Command strips hold one on the bottom of the door and one on the side under the dinette seat. They work well and not very noticeable at all. Mike

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no way, no how….

Mr. MacGyver, this one cracked me up. I appreciate your ingenuity. To my level-headed-farm-boy husband's dismay, I'm a bit of a nerd myself & was wondering ... [Keep in mind I've only been inside an Ollie II once & that was a couple months ago.] Could you slice one side of a swim noodle & cut it to fit the width of the door jam, then shove the noodle over the edge of the jam to keep the door open?

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Could you slice one side of a swim noodle & cut it to fit the width of the door jam, then shove the noodle over the edge of the jam to keep the door open?

Sure, a noodle or a piece of slit water pipe insulation would work for off season ventilation, but that will only hold it art way....

 

This is intended for when you are occupying the trailer for a short time, for example a Rest Stop, and want to keep the door fully open. Sometimes we don't disconnect and/or run down the jacks down for overnight, if I can get the trailer close to level by maneuvering. If the trailer has a slight right cant, the door won't stay open without this string, or the magnets mentioned above, which I was too dim to think of.

 

We keep the dog water bowl in the bathroom, so the door needs to be open most of the time.

 

You can always prop it open with a shoe or some other object, but that doesn't work very well.

 

John Davies

 

Spokane WA

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Mike & Carol – Ya got a picture of your door magnets? Bill

I don't right now. We're going to drive over to the storage in a bit to make sure all is OK. Will bring back pics.

 

Mike

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HI Mike, I like your magnets to hold the bathroom door open. I ordered the same item. It came with holes to attach with screws but I don’t want to put holes in my Oliver. You mentioned that you attached with 3M tape. Did you use a special kind of 3M tape and is it remaining secure after using for awhile?

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Nana -

I'm sure that Mike & Carol will respond, but, in the meantime -

I also used their idea and like you I didn't want to drill to install them. I used Command double sided tape:

 

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of the appropriate size a year ago and there has been absolutely no movement in either magnet to date.

 

Bill

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[attachment file=Bath Door Magnet.pdf]

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We used the magnet method also. Ours are a little flatter. Used the 3M Adhesive/sealer Oliver used on trailer. Not near trailer right now to take pics but attached is where I ordered.

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Well Well Well ,

We won't pick up our Ollie until next week, and I ordered two pair from the big "A". Thanks guys, I'm ahead of the game-- for once...

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Mike, just received my magnets from Amazon and installed them with Command tape. I have been looking for something just like this to replace the bungee cord that I have been using. This works great and looks much better, thanks!

 

It’s been a year since we stuck our magnets on and they show no signs of coming off! Glad it’s working for you. Mike

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I used Mike's magnet-and-Command-Strip method, but found that I could put one magnet on the door and the other one inside the compartment under the seat. This has two advantages as far as I can tell:

It eliminates adding another protuberance.

It weakens the magnetic pull, making it easy to pull the door back and not put any strain on the door. (These magnets are pretty powerful.) I think that someone mentioned having to put something over the magnets to weaken the pull. Putting one magnet inside the compartment accomplishes the same thing.

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Jeff, brilliant! What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that? I’m going to do as you did when I have the trailer here later this week. We’re loading up to head to Quartzsite (passing through Cochise County!) then on to California. Mike

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What a great idea! Why didn’t I think of that?

 

Well, Mike, I wouldn't have thought of it if you hadn't thought of the magnet-Command-strip solution in the first place. If it works out, and you have a stay over in our neck of the woods, perhaps we can connect. It was viewing your Ollie that cinched our decision to get one.

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