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Replacing the Corbin Latches

The devil is in the details.

Those darn OEM Corbin latches rust out, and even though some “PB Blaster” keeps them working, they’re a real eyesore.

Vintage Trailer Supply to save the day.  “VTS-720 Stainless Draw Latch

It’s a simple replacement. What you’ll need:

  • 1/8″ bit and drill
  • Rivet gun (preferably manual, since it’s tight clearances)
  • Rivets
  • Stainless latches
  • Needle nose pliers
  • Standard pliers
  • Safety glasses

Rusted out latch needs to go.  Drill the pop rivets out.

With the old latch out of the way, you can clean up the surfaces.

The base plate is going to need a slight curve to match the banana wrap door.  Grab the top of the base plate (near the hinge) with the needle nose pliers, and grab the opposite end with the regular pliers.  Give it a little bend… not too much, just a little arc.

Should look like this.

Then rivet that shiney Johnny back on there, and you’re good to go!

See You Down the Road!


3 thoughts on “Replacing the Corbin Latches

    1. Thanks, good to know. It’s amazing the improvement in overall appearance that replacing some little latches can make.. it’s like you start getting used to it looking old and rusty… then some shiny new replacements make it look like factory new

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