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Old 09-24-2006, 12:21 PM   #1
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345 door latch

I have a 1988 345. The door latch has broken, I welded it but it broke again. Airstream say it is a discontinued item. Can anyone offer some suggestions?

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Old 09-24-2006, 03:10 PM   #2
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I had to go with a new model and a backing plate to cover the difference in hole size.

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Old 09-24-2006, 04:34 PM   #3
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if its the tumbler that is broken the part can be replaced form a Keeler lock assembly most Rv dealers sell. Not sure if this applies to yours, but it did to my 1982.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:41 AM   #4
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If it's the slide plate with two "ears" or tabs then the only thing you might do is to have a machine shop make up a new one... or maybe more than one if you have an entrepenurial bent. This plate is the weak link as many have found out.
How many have had the door locked and then forgot and pulled on the handle to open it? That's how I broke mine.
I just happen to have four more of these beauties on the rear doors of the funeral coach and changed out one on the drivers side and now have to open it from inside....
If this is your fix and you have someone fabricate one for you I'd buy a second ....or even a third. Just let me know.
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Old 09-28-2006, 05:52 AM   #5
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I did major surgery on mine during a trip last winter. It has been good since. I suggest that you dis-assemble yours and post pictures and/or description of the failure to see if anyone else has dealt with the problem.

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