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DIY: Magnetic Latches for RV Cabinets

| Updated Jun 21, 2014

Like many RVers, I've been frustrated by shifting weight and uneven surfaces that make cabinet latches hard to open or break. I think I have the solution.

Magnetic cabinet latches.

The video shows you how they attach and work.

I now have them on all my cabinets and since they were installed, not one cabinet has broken or opened when it shouldn't have.

latchThe latches are stainless steel. The consist of a small bracket and a striker pad. Both easily affix to the cabinet with wood screws that are provided.

I have been unable to find them individually available for retail. The source for the latches I found is Leisure Products of Canada. They ship wholesale to Canada and the U.S. but a minimum order is for 48 of the units. They have a suggested retail of $7.95 each. The one I have is rated at 40 pounds. It is PM2001LX.

I'd buy a bunch and stock them on but by the time you add the minimum $5.25 Priority Mail shipping fee, it would end up costing over $13 to get one.

But you may find another way to get them. Here's a direct link to the product:


Mike Wendland

Published on 2014-06-21

Mike Wendland is a multiple Emmy-award-winning Journalist, Podcaster, YouTuber, and Blogger, who has traveled with his wife, Jennifer, all over North America in an RV, sharing adventures and reviewing RV, Camping, Outdoor, Travel and Tech Gear for the past 12 years. They are leading industry experts in RV living and have written 18 travel books.

16 Responses to “DIY: Magnetic Latches for RV Cabinets”

October 27, 2015at12:16 pm, Janey Freid said:

Great article. I think this is a great fix for a used RV and when someone buys new from Roadtrek it should either be already installed or something that Roadtrek should be doing for their customer. Silly to think that you can sell an RV without doors that latch. How ridiculous in my opinion. So thanks again for sharing!

November 09, 2014at1:22 pm, Lance Gurney said:

I just picked up 2 LPC 40# magnetic latchs at the Woodcraft Store they are same as above for $7.99 a piece.
You can also order them on line.

July 27, 2014at10:20 pm, Martha S. said:

Perhaps Roadtrek will consider making these standard, as so many seem to have more success with these than factory latches. No disrespect intended 🙂

July 06, 2014at2:38 pm, Carol said:

Woodcraft dot com has the exact same latch for $6.65 and the shipping cost is reasonable

July 04, 2014at7:56 am, Warner Ahlgren said:

/Users/warnerahlgren/Desktop/RT Cabinet Handles.pdf

June 23, 2014at10:29 am, Bob Ross said:

Our “bathroom” door latch (plastic) broke on our Roadtrek 170V less than a year after purchasing the RV. Could one of these magnetic latches be installed in its place? It’s a tricky arrangement with door offset 1/2 inch from edge of wall, aluminum angle bar at the wall corner, and little space for screwing anything in. At $32 each to replace and their propensity to break (plastic), I’m scrambling to find an alternative.

June 28, 2014at1:19 pm, Dick Pawloff said:

The plastic latch on the heavy bathroom has broken three times in our 2012 Roadtrek 170 Versatile. Replaced it with the 40 lb Magnetic Latch as mentioned by Mike in his once again informative, useful and timely blog. It is working well for us and was easy to install by slipping a 1/2 inch round felt spacer under the plate, to deal with the metal edging.

In Western Canada, these magnetic Latches can be found for $9.00 at Windsor Plywood.

June 22, 2014at8:06 pm, Wendy Jobin said:

Would this work for bedroom doors (not necessarily in a mobil home)?

June 22, 2014at1:22 pm, Jason Scott Martin said:

Cool. Can we get a picture of the barcode??

June 22, 2014at12:10 pm, Jeff Logan said:

Heather Sweet we need these…

June 22, 2014at8:56 am, Warner & Phoebe Ahlgren said:

Magnetic latches are available at Lowes, Home Depot or most hardware stores at a more reasonable price. Just add magnet and striker plate. Remove round button striker plate to inactivate the button. Add a grab handle to eliminate grabbing edge of cabinet door.

June 22, 2014at2:21 am, Julie Johnson said:

Brian Steiner

June 22, 2014at1:33 am, Dave said:

Sorry if a similar post comes up. I’m using a different email address and I don’t see my earlier post.

I remember you made a vid with Campskunk on adjusting these latches and that they could be finicky. I’d like to see RT go with your solution using a grab handle you can wrap your fingers around. The 40# magnet idea seems like a good permanent solution.

June 21, 2014at10:48 pm, Randy Kellen said:

maybe a group of road trek owners can buy in bulk. What do you think?

June 21, 2014at10:37 pm, Jerry L Foshee said:

Found several similar latches available on Amazon

June 21, 2014at10:37 pm, Sherry Hooker said:

Great video, Mike. I like the idea of the magnetic latches. I have one question; do these have to be 5 inches away from video audio tapes and credit cards, like the Magnetic Tot Loks?

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