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Old 09-26-2016, 08:05 AM   #1
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Door Handle/Lock on Argosy

Has anyone replace the door handle/lock assembly on your Argosy? Where did you purchase a new one from or use to replace it? Thanks in advance!!

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Old 09-26-2016, 08:11 AM   #2
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My guess is you have an original K200 lock. New ones as well as parts from Inland RV in Ca. New may cost you about $500. Inland RV also sells a replacement lock which is considerably cheaper but needs a little door modification.

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Old 09-26-2016, 09:00 AM   #3
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There are still quite a few parts still available if repair is an option.
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Old 09-26-2016, 09:02 AM   #4
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72 Argosy Door Lock

Do you have a pic of your old one, some of them looked like they had KT locks. I have a KT lock on the classifieds for sale that can be painted or buffed out. Just an idea. Jim
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Old 09-26-2016, 12:24 PM   #5
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What's wrong with your lock??

My KT locking bolt had a broken spring. I replaced both pin and spring two years ago - "in-door" repair. Door lock works like a champ.

Ace Hardware had everything I needed. I wasn't 100% sure of pin and spring sizes, so I bought an assortment.

Proper spring tension is a bit tricky. The spring mustn't be too soft or too stiff; not too long or not too short. There was some trial and error involved.

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Old 09-26-2016, 12:39 PM   #6
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Boy if anyone has an easy solution on this let me know. I had a bargman round handle door handle on my 69 when I brought it up here. The original Airstream logo airfoil shaped handle and lock were apparently kept by the locksmith who put the bargman replacement on the trailer. I came to find out the replacement was well used and would not lock the trailer door. I ordered a replacement set from Inland and the 69 model is unique in that it requires a longer throw bolt. So I ordered it as a replacement and come to find out, while it does have the required long throw bolt it really is not a 1:1 replacement. Basically $500 in labor costs later I have a new door handle and lock but the deadbolt doesn't have a place to deadbolt into and I am unable to lock the door from inside (that was fun explaining to my wife). But it does look nice and it locks nicely from the outside. I'll figure out the inside thing. Bottom line - good luck. The $500 estimate above is probably realistic. You may be able to find a salvage door with the lockset in it, you may be able to happen on an authentic lockset that is being resold but I can tell you based on my recent experience with my Airstream it is not easy. Could be a nice cottage business for someone with machine skills and equipment to build up the parts. The cost would still be high because it would be low volume but it could be a nice money maker
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Old 09-26-2016, 02:18 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by ajrose2 View Post
Has anyone replace the door handle/lock assembly on your Argosy? Where did you purchase a new one from or use to replace it? Thanks in advance!!
funny story... I lost my keys to my AS during our last move.

Locksmith said would be much cheaper to bring the locks in, than to have someone come out. So I removed the door mechanism and in the process
I broke off one of the screws, (be very careful with the one by the latch on the end). The locking lever was busted off at the base as well. The chrome was all peeling off as well. Ordered some parts from out of doors mart then took it apart. taking it apart I lost the little ball that retains the locking mechanism, back to out of doors mart... finally got the key made, got the chrome sanded and then repainted. I know way more about this door mechanism than I ever wanted to.

a week later my kid found the keys under the seat in the truck...
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:26 PM   #8
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Another funny story, one time my dad was out at the house and I was working on the AS and closed the door. When we were ready to go back in the door wouldn't open. I had a window open so I cut the screen out and crawled in the window. Boy that was fun thru the bathroom window. After removing the lock from inside I still couldn't get the door open. The door bolt/latch had broken off. So with my dad's help on the outside and me inside we were able to work it out. Needless to say, a new lock was ordered and installed.
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Old 09-26-2016, 04:44 PM   #9
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The handle does not lay flat... and you have to slam the door for it to latch... my mom wants to replace it
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:10 AM   #10
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The handle does not lay flat... and you have to slam the door for it to latch... my mom wants to replace it
I had the same problem with the lock on our '74 Overlander. The handle not returning all the way toward the door was due to a broken spring. I ordered a replacement (Lever Spring 1110-0015) from Out Of Doors Mart for $1.95 which fixed that problem.

Our door also didn't close properly. Slamming wouldn't work, we had to pull out on the handle as we closed it to get it to latch. That was caused by the spring that pushes out on the slide bolt being too stiff. I replaced the old spring with one that is less stiff and that fixed the closing problem.

The big problem I had in doing this was getting the spring pins out of the shaft that the handle rotates on. I accidentally broke part of the flange on the casting, the one part that is outrageously expensive. I made a plate of aluminum to cover the lock and hide the broken part. Now the lock doesn't look original, but it does look unique, and it works! (-:

I would not worry about whether the door can be locked by the original lock, in fact I'd suggest making it so the lock can't be locked, and use a deadbolt instead. I'm concerned about my door lock locking due to vibration on the road and then not being able to unlock it. The key cylinder on ours is very worn. Vintage Trailer Supply sells a deadbolt that mounts in the wall and has a 3/8" bolt that goes into the door frame. I wasn't able to use that one because a deadbolt had been previously installed and the VTS one needs a larger setback. The hole cut into the doorframe was so large that it caused the door frame to break so it didn't close properly at the top. I ended up milling a new bolt for a standard deadbolt to fit a 3/8" hole in the door frame. I'm still working on fixing the door frame, on my first attempt I didn't get the curve right.
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:53 PM   #11
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Same as Davidson Overlander:
we had to pull out on the handle as we closed it to get it to latch.
It's not a good idea to slam those locks. Replacement is expensive however you choose to do it and slamming can break the lock. It's easy to get in the habit of holding the handle out as you close the door, release the handle when the door is closed then push on the door and listen for a click as it latches. On the inside, I hold the handle up as I close the door, then pull on the handle as I let it down to latch.

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