It seems that when my galley hatch is closed, the gas springs push up on the underside just hard enough that air can blow under the edges/corners. At highway speeds this starts to cause a nasty vibrating that surely would be destructive if left unabated. The problem goes away when I take the gas springs off.
Has anyone else had this problem? Has anyone found a solution?
I’m considering adding an additional stiffener but it would be a lot of work and I’m not sure it would solve it.
I didn’t use the supplied latch but instead used a pair of latches that I bought on Amazon. “YUSOVE Boat Anti-Rattle Latch 316 Stainless Steel Lockable Hold Down Clamp Latch,Marine Hatch Hardware Fasteners,Pack of 2”. Works great!
I don’t know if the following would be the best for you, and you should know I am very early in my build, but I recently sold a late model airstream that had heavy rubber “band” that connected on both the body of the camper and on the large window shades that would have had a similar vibration problem… This rubber “linkage” had a ball formed in it that would under significant elastic pressure be placed in a stainless “receiver” of the opposing component. These parts would be available at Airstream and surely would be available elsewhere…. This may not be the beat solution, but it will solve the problem.
I added a couple of pieces of plywood (one was the shim from installing the galley flat) as stiffeners, then used some nylon strap and suck release buckles on either side in addition to the latch. Someone did this in an old post and it seems to work well.