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Old 07-13-2010, 10:46 AM   #1
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Red face Promise not to laugh- it was quite scary!!!!

I had a traumatic experience in the Airstream yesterday. I have been busy getting the 1961 Overlander ready for vacation (we leave Thursday). I was wiping down all the woodwork with Murphy's oil and I was inside the rear wardrobe working on this when the wardrobe door shut on me. I heard the latch click and quickly started to freak-out when I realized I was locked inside the closet. Andy had just left for work and wouldn't be home for hours! Our 3 month old son was in the house napping with all 4 dogs. If I had kept my wits about me I could have used the iPhone in my pocket to update my facebook status or send someone and email- it was picking up the house's wifi but not a cell signal to call with. Instead I quickly became claustrophobic (it's only 2x2x4.5' )!! I used my arm and upper body to slam against the inside of the door. I expected the 50 year old latch to give out after a hit or two. It took me over a 1/2 hour to get out and it was the screws on the latch that finally striped from the wood!! My arm is all bruised up now- Nothing like a legacy trailer to hold up like that after 50 years of use!! I had nightmares last night about being trapped in a coffin- coincidence? SO here is your fair warning to not ever get trapped in your trailer's closet! Here are pics- the first of the closet (there wasn't anything in it yet) and the second of the latch and the screws that finally gave!

One day I will tell my son about how I was getting the trailer ready for his first Airstreaming trip when I got caught inside for over 1/2 hour and he slept obliviously in the house through the whole event.
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:17 AM   #2
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I had a doorknob fail in a bathroom in my apartment once and ended up smashing my way out.

Scary stuff.

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Old 07-13-2010, 11:37 AM   #3
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This is scary, esp. in the summer heat!
Good story for his scrapbook!
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the chuckle!

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Old 07-13-2010, 12:05 PM   #5
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Drink more beer,you'll never make it in in the first place.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:43 PM   #6
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I got trapped in a flat tent I was cleaning out....... Don't ask.
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:00 PM   #7
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Very early one morning at a rally, my husband got up early and decided to go outside the trailer to enjoy the morning. He pushed on the door latch and it broke off in his hand....and we were locked in our trailer! I was still in bed and thought it was quite amusing, because I figured that a little later I could call one of the other members at the rally to help us get out. You know how Airstreamers are...prepared for anything! Anyway, my husband did not take it as well as I did and began searching the trailer for something to use to open the trailer door. His tools were, of course, in the toolbox OUTSIDE the trailer.....but after a very frantic and thorough search of the trailer we found a pair of pliers that he had been using to repair the air conditioner the week before and had not returned to the toolbox...thank goodness. He used the pliers to turn what was left of the handle and we were soon out. This in no way compares to the panic that you must have felt knowing you could not get to your son, but it was a little scary for us AND it was also a learning experience. We now have a small assortment of tools that we keep INSIDE the trailer for such emergencies. This would not have helped you in the closet, but I wanted to share this with you since you seem to have some older trailers and we have heard from other Airstreamers that handles breaking off in your hands is quite common. Good luck and glad that all turned out fine...except for the bruises.
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:10 PM   #8
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I'm laughing so hard there are tears in my eyes, but it's really pretty scary. I'm terribly claustrophobic and probably wouldn't have handled this near as well as you.

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Old 07-13-2010, 02:18 PM   #9
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Now that it's all over- I am laughing about the ordeal! Andy tells me today he had called while I was locked in and was perturbed that I hadn't answered. Adding fix the closet door to the "To Do" list before we take off!!
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Old 07-13-2010, 02:23 PM   #10
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glad you are ok, could have been worse, could have been in a nightgown.. Maybe DW will chime in..
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Old 07-13-2010, 03:26 PM   #11
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reminds me of old abandoned refrigerators........I think I would replace the knob with a friction latch, one you can pull hard and it will open...
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Old 07-13-2010, 05:23 PM   #12
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my father has recounted, on more than one occasion, the time when i locked him out of the truck cab when i was 2. he ran into a friends auto body shop for 2 minutes, and when he came out, i had locked both door locks and was laughing at him.

i cannot (as an adult) imagine the sheer panic that what have come over me had this been me locked out with my baby inside.

so what did he do? tried to bribe me with $1. i didnt know what that was, but for some reason i accepted a quarter and unlocked it. (as usual, something shiny caught my eye)...
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:09 PM   #13
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Originally Posted by NJtoNC View Post
(as usual, something shiny caught my eye)...
that has gotten us into a lot of trouble- at least that time it got you OUT of trouble
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Old 07-13-2010, 07:12 PM   #14
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Both our sons (at different times) managed to lock themselves in an outhouse at a state park - same outhouse, different years. The first time, we went and got a ranger who took the hinges off the door to get him out. The second time, we just took the hinges off ourselves!
Glad you got out ok!


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