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Old 08-30-2007, 11:46 PM   #29
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If you find a shop to do it you might get a better price if you were ordering multiples. I'd certainly commit to one. Bet there are a good number of other's who need one.
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We'll check and let you know what we find out. Ron
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Old 09-18-2007, 09:59 PM   #30
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my handle gave up the ghost as well, hand made a replacement from a plate of stainless steel with two triangle parts welded in place to strike the latch arm. also reinforced the tabs on the latch arm with a small weld inside the ninety degree bend. mine showed slight sings of fatique. with alittle polishing the replacement looks better than the original ever hoped two. total cost 10 bucks. had stainless plate laying around in the pack rat bin. and my wife question the pile of junk i hang on two !
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:10 AM   #31
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any picctures?

sounds like a simple fix....so you have any pictures of the back side of it? before installation perhaps? thanks Debbie
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Old 09-19-2007, 08:34 AM   #32
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If you find a shop to do it you might get a better price if you were ordering multiples. I'd certainly commit to one. Bet there are a good number of other's who need one.
The door handle on the 345 gave up the ghost last night - bbahor - broken beyond any hope of repair.

Anyone getting a handle manufactured to similar to ajheinonen's shown in the previous pix please let me know the anticipated cost - I am ready to commit.
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Old 09-19-2007, 09:47 AM   #33
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we are in also

Have not found a machine shop that is interested yet. please count us in for one if you can find someone to make them. I know guy 99 wants one also. Any machinist out there? Debbie
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:04 PM   #34
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While the door handle may be the focus of this thread the real culpret in all of the door handle woes seems to be the sliding plate inside the door mechanism.

This is the plate with two "ears" or tabs on it that the handle actuates to pull back the latch.

That's the part I need, times 5...
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Old 09-21-2007, 12:45 PM   #35
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While the door handle may be the focus of this thread the real culpret in all of the door handle woes seems to be the sliding plate inside the door mechanism.

This is the plate with two "ears" or tabs on it that the handle actuates to pull back the latch.

That's the part I need, times 5...

We found several machinists in southern California that would make that part for the motorhome lock.

That's not the problem.

The problem is the cost. No one would want to buy them.

It is far cheaper to replace the entire lock assembly with one that has been available for years, and will continue to be down the road as well.

A small modification to the door is necessary.

There is an advantage of using a new style lock, and modifying the door.

Should the new lock or parts of it break, you simply replace the lock, which at that point would require about 5 minutes labor.

It's kind of like do you want to face the issue now, or later? The later choice obviously, would cost more than it would today.

That new style lock today costs about $120.00.

Having parts made commercially for the old lock, would far exceed that price, and you still would have an old lock.

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Andy, what modification to the door is required? As I've got five handles on the funeral coach I'm using them as required and would like the option of having all working as required.

Thanks.
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Old 09-21-2007, 07:50 PM   #37
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Andy, what modification to the door is required? ...
A little "tweaking":





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Old 09-22-2007, 08:32 PM   #38
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While the door handle may be the focus of this thread the real culpret in all of the door handle woes seems to be the sliding plate inside the door mechanism.

This is the plate with two "ears" or tabs on it that the handle actuates to pull back the latch.

That's the part I need, times 5...
Glen,

When my lock failed (due to the ears on the plate you mention), I had someone weld some tabs on the plate and then ground them down until they were the correct size to replace the ears. Took some time but wasn't that difficult just tedious.

I can see some stress cracks on the handle of the lock now and know that at some point, it will break and then my goose will be cooked.

I believe Andy's replacement requires a patch over the existing cutout (which is too large for the new lock) I don't think it would look very good on my rig which is painted.

Maybe one of us will find a good solution.
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Old 09-23-2007, 09:53 AM   #39
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Guy is right about the new door latch

we bought one and it will be the last resort, it is much smaller and when did a test fit the patch looked HORRIBLE and you have to do one on the inside as well. We will pursue working with the original lock before we go with the ugly ifx.
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Andy, what modification to the door is required? As I've got five handles on the funeral coach I'm using them as required and would like the option of having all working as required.

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Part of the inner stiffner or stringer needs to be removed.

Our kits were designed to have some type of answer, instead of sorry, you have to do without.

Plating the door to some owners is ok, to others it is not.

Keeping things original, is fantastic, but there comes a time that other measures must be implemented, or simply, do without.

Having parts machined for the old locks, is a very good idea. The problem is to find a good machinist that will make some parts, at a reasonable price.

Those machinists, don't exist in southern California.

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Andy,
I agree with your comments and very happy that you have a solution. That way I know I have a fall back I can trust if my other approaches don't work. We count on you.

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Part of the inner stiffner or stringer needs to be removed.

Our kits were designed to have some type of answer, instead of sorry, you have to do without.

Plating the door to some owners is ok, to others it is not.

Keeping things original, is fantastic, but there comes a time that other measures must be implemented, or simply, do without.

Having parts machined for the old locks, is a very good idea. The problem is to find a good machinist that will make some parts, at a reasonable price.

Those machinists, don't exist in southern California.

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Old 10-07-2011, 09:09 PM   #42
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I am going to try this route to making a new door handle. I have a machinist that I work with and he makes things for me on the side. If the cost is not too bad I may have several made. I already make motorcycle parts so why not Airstream parts. My handle broke once and was welded. I will make new ones out of 6061-T6 aluminum which should be much better than the Aluminum Zinc Casting the original was made out of.

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