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Old 09-25-2007, 07:26 PM   #1
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Yikes Our Drawers Ejected!

Dang! Our two drawers under the clothes closet in our 75th ejected during a short 30 minute haul to our storage place. Nicked the floor and chipped one of the drawers...

How can this be? Why doesn't AS have a stop to prevent this from happening? Is this something unique in the 75th or do other Airstreams have this issue. Surely this is something they should have thought about over the last 75 years!

Others be forwarned... a fix should be make before this happens to you!

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Old 09-25-2007, 07:28 PM   #2
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They were not in all the way? If they are seated they should not come lose to begin with.

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Old 09-25-2007, 07:36 PM   #3
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Fiddle with 'em and if they seem secure when they are pushed in all the way I'd cast my vote with Michelle.

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:08 PM   #4
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Wife is pretty sure there was 'closure'. Besides 2 drawers... I don't know. Next time the duct tape comes out!
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Old 09-25-2007, 10:19 PM   #5
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Can you run a curtain tension rod to the other side from where your drawers are? My Safari pantry used to open, someone gave me that tip until we could come up with a better solution. One of our bed drawers opens now. But it doesn't come out. The night stand used to come open and the factory installed something else for a better catch.

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:23 PM   #6
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if you were to say balance the running gear that wouldn't happen...

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you could even use the search function on the upper right and read all the threads...

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Old 09-25-2007, 10:55 PM   #7
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hi campadk...

drawer ejection is very common, very very common.

yes fully closing is important but they can and do still eject.

empty drawers do it more frequently that full ones...

front facing drawers with stopping and side facing drawers with big turns...

drawer behind the axles seem to do it more than those in front.

sometimes the mounting hardware/slides need to be repositioned at a 'steeper' angle....

a/s will make adjustments under warranty for this issue.

ejected drawers can gouge the floor or splinter apart or do other creative things....

it isn't specific to the 75th...

jcanavera has posted about his drawer issues too.

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Old 09-26-2007, 08:30 AM   #8
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The PO of our 22' CCD solved that problem for us. He was a builder with an extensive shop and custom crafted toggle bolts from stainless steel and attached them to each of the cupboards and drawers that could open. The toggle bolts are similar to the inexpensive slide bolts you can get at any hardware store. Each of the toggles is secured before a trip. The tough part is remembering to unlock them before trying to open a drawer.

He also came up with a good solution for the plastic sliding doors in the overhead lockers. Each door has a finger hole to open it, so he bought orange plastic cable cuffs to go through the finger hole. They lock two doors together so they don't slide open.

My task is to make sure that the contents of the overhead lockers are secure or padded so things don't slind and scratch the inside of the door.

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Old 09-26-2007, 09:29 AM   #9
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I have also had this problem with the large drawer under my stove and the large drawer under the wardrobe. They are always checked before I start out to make sure they are fully closed. Would like to say that this only happens when I have a rough road but has also happened when the entire drive was smooth. More Airstream QC!
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Old 09-26-2007, 09:35 AM   #10
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You could also install child safety devices that will prevent the drawer from opening more than an inch.
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Old 09-26-2007, 10:39 AM   #11
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Our 2002 Bambi came with knobs that lock absolutely when pushed in. Such knobs could be retrofitted for the critical drawers. Rockler sells a gold-colored version called a "Positive Action Push Button Catch" for $17.29 each (Positive Action Push Button Catch - Rockler Woodworking Tools). Airstream or other sources should have them in silver.

With these catches, we never have a drawer or door open on its own as long as WE remember to lock them before setting out.
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Old 09-26-2007, 02:08 PM   #12
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Great solutions! Thanks everyone.
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Old 09-26-2007, 03:22 PM   #13
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We had the same problem with the drawer under the seat in the back. I pulled the drawer all the way out and found a plastic "catch" that was bent out of shape. This "catches" the knob on the back of the drawer and makes it harder to open. Make sure the ball on drawer and catch (receiver) line up or it will alway open on you.
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Old 09-26-2007, 04:22 PM   #14
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I don't understand why the cabinet latches are plastic! Had two break on our last 07 AS and it was less than 3 months old.

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