How To Replace Rollers On RV Sliding Bathroom Door (Tambour)

Round RV Sliding Bathroom Door Problems

In our years as full timers we’ve had a travel trailer and a small motorhome.

In our travel trailer, there were two sliding pocket doors to the bedroom. We never had any issues with the rollers on this type of RV door and they were pretty easy to remove when we wanted. The design also worked really well since the rollers were holding the doors from above.

Then we got our small 24 foot Thor Freedom Elite motorhome. The only door inside of it is a small tambour style sliding door that closes off the bathroom in the corner.

It uses a curved track and 4 flexible door panels to create more room inside the bathroom when closed.

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tambour style rv sliding door to the bathroom in our thor freedom elite motorhome
Tambour RV sliding door to the bathroom in our Thor motorhome.

This RV sliding door is an absolute monster that is constantly coming off track.

All of the nylon rollers are cracked which means the metal bearing part pops out of the nylon part and the entire roller assembly comes off all of the time.

Nylon rollers on RV bathroom sliding door with cracks in the nylon part
You can see the spot in the nylon part that is cracked on each roller. This causes the metal part to pop out and the door to come out of the track.

We dislike this RV bathroom door a lot but we haven’t come up with a better solution. So for now we’re just going to have to replace the broken rollers with new ones and hope for the best.

If you are unlucky enough to have a door like this in your RV, whether it’s the shower or the bathroom door or both (our shower door uses the same kind of rollers as well) then this is one way to at least fix the nylon rollers when they break.

parts needed to replace rollers on rv bathroom sliding door tambour
Parts needed for roller replacement include a small socket wrench, pliers, and new rollers.

What You Need To Replace The Rollers On A Round RV Sliding Door

The roller assembly was in ok shape and it made more sense financially to just replace the nylon rollers because that was the broken part.

I figure if I can find a good way to fix the rollers I’ll know what to do when they inevitably break again.

I didn’t need too many tools to get the door off or to replace the rollers. Here’s a list of everything I used including a link to the right size of roller.

  • Pliers
  • Philips Screw Driver
  • Small Socket Wrench
  • 3/8″ Socket
  • 1/4″ Socket
  • 1″ Nylon Screen Door Rollers (see link below)

The Replacement Rollers

Prime-Line Products B 707 Roller

Prime-Line Products B 707 Roller Assembly with Rivet Nylon Ball Bearing and Center Groove Wheel,(Pack of 2)

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It can be hard to find exact replacements for RV parts. After doing some research online the closest thing I could find to the original nylon rollers were these Prime-Line screen door replacement rollers.

They ended up being an exact match.

If the rollers on your RV sliding door are 1 inch in total diameter then these will probably work as well.

Make sure you measure first though. Prime-Line makes other sizes as well if your RV sliding door rollers are a different size.

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How To Remove A Tambour Style RV Sliding Door

The first thing you need to do is get the RV sliding door off of the track so you can remove the roller assembly.

Usually, there’s just a screw or bolt at the end of the track that stops the rollers from sliding out.

screw keeping the roller assembly from sliding out of the track on an rv sliding bathroom door
Screw stopping the rollers from falling out of the track on an RV sliding door.

In the picture above you can see the screw at the end of the roller track. It was easy to remove with a Philips head screwdriver.

After that’s removed you need to slide the door out.

In our motorhome, the sliding shower door is right behind the bathroom door track. So it takes a lot of folding, pulling, and yelling to get all of the rollers out of the track.

first roller assembly removed from the track on an rv sliding bathroom door
We had to fold the door around the shower door to get all of the rollers out. It’s even harder to put the RV sliding door back.

I recommend having someone help hold the door so it doesn’t break the plastic roller assembly as well.

Side note: it’s even harder to get the door back in once the rollers are fixed.

Once the sliding door is removed you can unscrew the bolts on the top of the roller assemblies that are holding them into place. You can’t remove the bolts when the door is on the track because there isn’t enough space for the bolts to come out.

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Quck Roller Assembly Plastic Nut Fix

broken roller assembly on an RV sliding bathroom door
Nylon part of a roller left in the track of the RV sliding door. The part that you use to bolt the roller assembly to the door was also broken.

The bolts screw into a threaded plastic piece that’s secured to the door. On the first roller assembly, the threads had been stripped so there was nothing for the bolt to screw into to attach the roller assembly to the door. We needed to fix that part as well.

drilling a 1/4 inch hole through the plastic part that holds the roller assembly to the door
Drilling a 3/8 inch hole through the plastic part that holds the roller assembly to the door.

To fix it, I drilled out the bottom of the plastic part and used a bolt that was 2 1/2 inches long to secure the roller assembly to the door.

RV sliding bathroom door roller assembly fixed using a bolt
Roller assembly bolted to the door.

This might not be a problem your RV has but I wanted to show how I fixed it since these plastic anchors are just waiting to break or have the threads stripped.


How To Replace The Rollers On An RV Sliding Tambour Style Door

Removing the old broken rollers and putting on the new ones ended up being the easiest part of this DIY RV sliding bathroom door fix.

All I had to do was use pliers to hold the bolt head and use the right size socket wrench (I think it was 1/4) to undo the lock nut on the back.

using pliers to hold the bolt on the RV sliding bathroom door roller assembly to remove the broken roller
Using pliers to hold the bolt so I could unscrew the lock nut on the other side with a socket wrench.

The new Prime-Line screen door rollers were the exact same size as the old ones so the old bolts and lock nuts worked great.

Make sure you tighten the bolts down well so the nut on the back doesn’t stick out and scrape against the metal track.

Once the new rollers are on and the roller assembly has been replaced on the tambour RV sliding bathroom door it’s time to rehang it on the track.

This is by far the hardest part.

Make sure the door is being put back the same way it was taken out.

In our motorhome, the bathroom door has a magnetic strip on one side to hold it in place when it’s closed. It also has a plastic strip on the other side to close the gap between the end of the door and the wall.

It’s going to take some major door folding and pushing to get the rollers back in the track but it’s possible, even though it doesn’t seem like it is at times.

Once we got the door back in place and put the stopper screw back the door was sliding well and working like it’s supposed to.

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Conclusion About Tambour Style RV Sliding Bathroom Doors

I think because of the way the door is designed, bumpy roads, and vibrations from driving, the door rollers will definitely break again.

The nylon part of all 8 rollers was broken in the exact same way. That tells me it’s more than just a misuse issue and more of a design problem.

When we bought our used motorhome the bathroom door was already broken and we found a repair invoice in the glove box from the previous owner that showed he had had the rollers replaced once before.

The RV is only 10 years old with very little use. The sliding door shouldn’t be breaking as much as it is.

I’ve been brainstorming and trying to come up with something else to replace the door with but so far I haven’t come up with anything that I think will be as private.

Originally the panels in the tambour bathroom door were actually mirrors and the door weighed at least 50 lbs. We think the heavy weight of the door was the main reason it was breaking before.

We replaced the mirror panels with lightweight 1/8 inch masonite and now that we’ve fixed the nylon rollers I think the door will last a little longer.

But as soon as I think of something better I’ll make a post about that too.

In the meantime good luck with fixing the curved sliding door in your own RV. If you have any ideas of your own on what to replace this awful style of RV sliding door with be sure to let me know in the comments section.

Have any questions about replacing the rollers in a tambour style RV sliding door? Leave a comment below.

by Jenni
Jenni grew up in a small town in Idaho. With a family that loves camping, she has been towing trailers since a very young age.

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