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Old 10-15-2018, 08:55 PM   #11
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I would venture to say the body shop did not know what they were doing. The part worked perfectly on my 98' RT 190 and I found a commenter on another site that the same hinge part number had a good fit on a 2003 RT 190. Will followup with a link to the 2003 RT commenter. Bob
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Old 10-15-2018, 09:03 PM   #12
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I would venture to say the body shop did not know what they were doing. The part worked perfectly on my 98' RT 190 and I found a commenter on another site that the same hinge part number had a good fit on a 2003 RT 190. Will followup with a link to the 2003 RT commenter. Bob
Will be back with the 2003 commenter in the meantime here is part 2 of a video of the hinge part # 4561-2231-020 being owner installed on his RT. Good visible in the beginning of the video of what the hinge looks like.

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Old 10-15-2018, 09:31 PM   #13
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Here is al ink with a reference to the same hinge part # working on a 2003 RT. Scroll down to "Slayers" 2nd comment. https://community.fmca.com/topic/303...acement-hinge/

Your RT is a 170 but still should be the same as my 190 when it comes to the outside compartment hinge. But I could be wrong. Bob
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Here is al ink with a reference to the same hinge part # working on a 2003 RT. Scroll down to "Slayers" 2nd comment. https://community.fmca.com/topic/303...acement-hinge/

Your RT is a 170 but still should be the same as my 190 when it comes to the outside compartment hinge. But I could be wrong. Bob
Thanks for the links, Bobow! I had seen the video before and offered to give the link to my body shop. I'll print out the written instructions from Slayers. The body shop to which I go mostly works on cars, not RV's, but they did an excellent job of repairing and replacing parts behind the back tire when a tire blew out and tore up the fiberglass, exhaust pipe, etc. I also had them replace the air conditioner a couple of years ago. There is an RV place that I've gone to before that sells 5th wheelers. I had them do work on my previous Coach House but haven't asked them about replacing the hinge. Do you think an RV place like that would do better at replacing the hinge?
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:24 PM   #15
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Pam, it would be worth a try to see what they say. I was lucky when I talked to my body shop as they had an RT in for something else and I showed them the hinge. They looked it over with the rivets etc and said they could do it. Bob
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Pam, it would be worth a try to see what they say. I was lucky when I talked to my body shop as they had an RT in for something else and I showed them the hinge. They looked it over with the rivets etc and said they could do it. Bob
Class B's seem pretty rare here in Iowa. I bought all 3 of mine in states east of the Mississippi. The owner of the body shop thought they could do it too, but that would depend on what experience his employees have. I think he is more positive about their ability than they may be. LOL. For now, what they did appears to be working well (I've only opened it once but the hinges felt really solid), so it's really more a matter of appearance. I also need to see if water got into the compartment from all the rain while I was driving. Guess I'll hang onto the new hinge and have it installed when I can find someone else. I did save the written instructions so I'll have those to give to the next repair place. Thanks so much for your help!!
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Sorry to hear about your repair. Perhaps you can post a picture.

I cannot imagine that the hinge is that complicated to fit. The problem is that you never know who really works on your vehicle and if they have done that job before (probably not in regards to replacing a Roadtrek hinge).

If a mechanic has not done this job before, the first step is to just think and analyze the situation. Too many mechanics get out the tools immediately and then, half-way through the job, they realize they have encountered a problem. Your vehicle then ends up as part of their learning curve and a failed experiment.

Again, I am baffled as to how they could not fit a hinge. It only opens one way and I'm sure just by looking and some basic thinking, one can figure out which half goes on the door and which half goes on the body. Plus, I assume the old hinge was still attached. (Unless the first thing they did was get out their tools and take it off-see paragraph above). This just baffles me!
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Pam, you have a '99 RT 190 not a 170. My error. When I was in the body shop and they just happened to have an RT like mine in the bay the owner of the body shop asked one of his employee if he could install the hinge. He looked it over very carefully, noting the rivets etc and said he could do it. He did a great job and it has held up over the years. My point is that who ever is going to do the actual work needs to look the job over and give it some thought.

I would say the person in your body shop that said the hinge you bought was too thick did not fully comprehend how it fits the RT body and the compartment lid. Have them take a closer look and also tell them several RT owners have used the same replacement hinge with no problems. Hope this helps. Bob
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Pam, you have a '99 RT 190 not a 170. My error.
I would say the person in your body shop that said the hinge you bought was too thick did not fully comprehend how it fits the RT body and the compartment lid. Have them take a closer look and also tell them several RT owners have used the same replacement hinge with no problems. Hope this helps. Bob
The owner of the body shop told me they couldn't close the compartment door with the new hinge, suggesting the hinge was too thick. I didn't ask for details, so I don't know if they tried to put it on over the old hinge or what happened. I haven't taken the hinge out of the box, and I should do that to see if they had cut it. If they didn't cut it, that would indicate they didn't try to put it on since the hinge is longer than the storage compartment. I can say that this body shop is extremely busy. He's had a LOT of vehicles at his shop, and he works on vehicles for some local businesses too. I had to get my RT back from them to leave town for a dog show, so my assumption is that they didn't necessarily spend a lot of time looking at the hinge. Maybe they went with a quicker solution. I'm just guessing. Right now, the main issues for me is whether or not water can get in the compartment and the appearance. A new hinge would obviously look nicer than Gorilla tape over the old hinge, but water in the compartment would obviously be a more important issue.

The body shop also does mechanical repairs, and I'm waiting to see if I can get my RT back today. While I was at the dog show, something happened to the heater core or something - smoke came out of the AC/heater vent when I left the show site, so they're working on fixing that now. I'm heading out of town this weekend for another dog show, so I'm hoping they'll get that fixed today.
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I just placed an order for 2 for my 1999 Versatile 200. I'll provide feedback once installation is complete. Pricing updated below.

Item #: 4561-2231-020 Desc: 24MM X 2 METER BLACK CENTAFLEX

CONTINUOUS HINGE, 6', WEATHER PROOF, CORROSION RESISTANT, FLEXIBLE

Price: 25.16 --> 32.47

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