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Old 02-04-2004, 03:23 PM   #15
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The Safari is great, the '03 Bambi was a BEAR! One thing that Roger pointed out was that the new units have a whole different latch assembly as the ones as early as 2001-2002. I suppose this was done to make sure the suicide door stays closed while on the road!
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Old 02-08-2004, 09:19 PM   #16
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After careful examination, the pin does not appear to be the source of the problem. (Too bad I already ordered it from Inland RV.) We were able to easily correct the "tilt" of the door (as seen in the first picture, above) by loosening the four nuts (described in the second picture) and re-positioning the door slightly.

This has made the door close a little better, but still it requires a slam or firm push. From the outside it is easy to do, but from the inside a great deal of tugging on the handle is required. I am beginning to suspect either:

(a) incorrect weatherstripping on the screen door (looks like hardware store variety). I think the foam weatherstrip is being compressed when the door shuts and adding to the problem.

(b) the door is not fitting in the opening correctly due to earlier damage.

Does anyone have a picture of the correct weatherstripping installed on the screen door?

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Old 02-09-2004, 09:27 AM   #17
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You can see a photo of the screen door gasket on our web site.

It's part number 45332.

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Old 02-09-2004, 11:58 AM   #18
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Well, no surprise the screen door gasket I have is not the stuff Andy sells. See picture. The way it is getting squashed makes me think it's both the wrong stuff to be using AND installed incorrectly. The only question is whether installing the right stuff, the right way, would fix the hard-closing problem.

I'd still appreciate a picture from anyone of the correct installation of screen door gasket.
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Another view

The screen door gasket is the reddish line running from top to bottom in this picture. It is badly squashed on this (hinge side) of the door, whereas on the handle side of the door it looks almost untouched.
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Old 02-09-2004, 12:08 PM   #20
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The screen door gasket has an adhesive backing.

Peel the paper off and install it. That's it.

You will need 16 feet of it.

Caution. Clean the screen door frame down to the bare metal first.

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Old 02-09-2004, 04:44 PM   #21
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If you are going to replace the gasket anyway, why don't you strip off the old gasket, and then try closing the door? If it closes easily, you know that is the most likely culprit. If you still have trouble, you will need to look further. Also check the striker on the trailer, and make sure it isn't worn or bent. Does the door close easier if you hold the doorknob to the "open" position?
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Old 02-09-2004, 05:00 PM   #22
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That doesn't look like the strip on my screen door at all. Mine is black and slightly fuzzy (if I recall) and lays flat all around the edge. If no one else has posted a pic of theirs by the time I get home this evening I'll take a snap of it for you.

Whether or not it's causing your problem, it definitly looks like something you might want to fix while you're at it.
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The screen door gasket that Airstream has used since 1965
is pictured below.

It is an open cell gasket and is gray in color.

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Thank you, Andy, Terry, and Stef.

Terry, your suggestion to strip the old stuff off is amazingly obvious and of course that's why I didn't think of it! I will strip the old gasket ASAP down to bare metal and see what happens. It's certainly no loss this time of year -- no mosquitoes.

The striker appears OK and the door does not close easier with the handle up.

Stef, I sure would appreciate that picture when you can get it.

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Old 02-09-2004, 08:35 PM   #25
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Our 59 was a bear. It's a different style pair of hinges. Once there was some floor suporting the hinge side wall it closes great!

Now I just need to locate a proper hinge pine. I need my Craftsman #2 philips back.
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bushing kit

When you get your new hinge pin, you may want to get a hinge bushing kit from your local auto parts store.
If your hinge is worn where the pin goes into it, you may be able to use these bushings that come in the kit to take up some of the slack. HELP! sells them for GM hinges, you may be able to use them to save on buying a new hinge assembly.
Ideally, you could pound the bushing into place with a small hammer and a brass punch, then install the new pin.
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The Safari is great, the '03 Bambi was a BEAR! One thing that Roger pointed out was that the new units have a whole different latch assembly as the ones as early as 2001-2002. I suppose this was done to make sure the suicide door stays closed while on the road!
Having purchased a 2003 Bambie with a door that does not close except when you slam it hard enough to knock the lenses out of the outside lights, I am curious about the factory suggestion that Silvertwinkie mentions about being able to fix it. I am taking my unit into the dealer next week and would like to be able to share with them the factory solution. If anyone has that info I could use it.
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