The basement doors on the Alfa do not all open in the same direction. On the driver's side, under the slides, they open "down", or in the case of the sewer bay door, to the side. On the passenger side they open "up."
I have read on the Alfa forum that the latches are prone to breaking when the doors are allowed to slam down. And once broken, it is very difficult to get the door open to fix them. Mention was made of having a child or small person crawl into the basement from the other side! Neither of us is small, and we have no children around!
I have tried to be gentle with the doors, and even got my finger caught in one while trying to lower it slowly! They are quite heavy and it takes some effort to keep them from slamming.
When we were at the Indio Rally I noticed the neighbor's Alfa had neat little handles on the bay doors. I asked him if they came that way, (it seems there are many options that people could have) but he said "no", he had bought them at Home Depot.
So the last time I was at Home Depot I got some handles and Craig put them on for me.
It only took him 15 minutes, but hopefully it will save the latches and my fingers! Since I open the bay doors every few days to check for mice they will be well used.
Speaking of mice, I've caught two in the basement since we got back from our trip, but no signs of any activity upstairs! I keep a total of eight traps in various locations.
Anyone else have mice this winter?