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Old 04-10-2018, 08:19 AM   #1
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Door issues. Locks by itself and deadbolt not smooth

We have a 30ft FC Bunk and have a problem with the door handle locking when simply closing the door. We keep a set of keys accessible because of this.

Anyone else have this problem?

As for the deadbolt the problem has been it’s constantly out of adjustment. Very hard to turn to lock (break a key type of resistance) and have to push on door and turn lock to have deadbolt engage.
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Old 04-10-2018, 11:58 PM   #2
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There was a plastic friction washer retrofit available to fix that. Search around a bit for details and source of parts
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Old 04-11-2018, 02:00 AM   #3
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I believe that all modern Airstreams suffer from this to some degree.
I can tweak the clamping pressure on the locking arm by tightening the inner handle/plate screws to make the problem go away for the most part. Ours has the plastic friction washer.
I find that there is a fine balance between too tight, where locking the handle (not the dead bolt) is too dificult and too loose, where it can lock by itself when simply closing the door.
A little lube goes a long way to making things smooth...
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Old 04-11-2018, 04:57 AM   #4
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By the way, tightening the handle/plate only impacts the issue of the door locking itself. The deadbolt issue sounds like a fairly serious door adjustment issue. Lube might help here but I am thinking that something else may be needed. Perhaps a trip to Colonial?
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As for the deadbolt the problem has been it’s constantly out of adjustment. Very hard to turn to lock (break a key type of resistance) and have to push on door and turn lock to have deadbolt engage.
We had a similar problem with the deadbolt after accidentally attempting to the door with it extended. This caused the deadbolt to jump out of the track.

Looking at the deadbolt, with the door open, I was able to move it back into it's track (towards the inside of the door) with just finger pressure. It has worked perfectly ever since.
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Old 04-11-2018, 05:38 AM   #6
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I just disabled the door lock by filling the slot where the lever travels with a piece of foam. We just use the deadbolt to lock the trailer.
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We had the self-locking issue on our 2005 Safari. We got an aftermarket little felt washer that went on the inside latch for the door lock. We never had the problem again. When we took delivery of our 2015 Flying cloud, it already had one of these felt washers in place.

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We had the self-locking issue on our 2005 Safari. We got an aftermarket little felt washer that went on the inside latch for the door lock. We never had the problem again. When we took delivery of our 2015 Flying cloud, it already had one of these felt washers in place.

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Brian,

Inland Andy provided those washers if you sent him a SASE, but I never ordered one. Since he is no longer with Inland, I presume that option is no longer available. Did you get yours from him or elsewhere? Is there a thread that describes the washer and its installation?

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I had the same problem with my 2009 Flying Cloud Took to dealer and they shimmed the hinges, thereby realigning the door. The only problem is that the shims are horseshoe washers that tend to work themselves out again. Keep an eye on them and you are good to go
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Similar problems with our 2017. Amazingly all fixed by simply applying silicone lubricant!
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Deadbolt out of alignment

Our 2015 FC deadbolt pin is out of alignment due to me closing the door while the pin was extended. Think that caused something to break that directed the pin to stay centered. Not sure how this can be fixed?

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Our 2015 FC deadbolt pin is out of alignment due to me closing the door while the pin was extended. Think that caused something to break that directed the pin to stay centered. Not sure how this can be fixed?

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Check my post #5 above. Simple fix for me.
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Adventure - yeah I’ve tried that - mine doesn’t have a track
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Did the same thing and had to have an entirely new lock put on. The factory just removed and replaced.
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