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Old 04-04-2013, 10:14 PM   #1247
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We are getting an 85 345 next week. Inside we have a dinette where you have closets. Our first motor home. Also 454. It's in good shape for an 84. Good luck. Maybe see you at a Rally.
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Old 04-10-2013, 10:25 PM   #1248
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Well, welcome and congrats Tommy!


Thanks to Brad, I found a replacement exterior handle... mine was MIA!

I am pretty sure its the right one...




The lock is a Schlage... but not sure if it is the correct one because the back of the lock cylinder does not have the square peg..
Opinions please?



I blew the whole assembly apart...


The clearcoat was bad... and also I dislike the way it looks and feels... all square/sharp edges.
An hour with a file/sander...
I still have some more fettling to do, but feels better and more tactile...
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Old 04-11-2013, 04:33 AM   #1249
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Steve, I'm pretty sure that is the correct handle for the Classic motorhome. It's not really a square peg that sticks out of the lock, it's more like a flat piece of steel that is twisted with a round flat plate on the end that goes into the lock. I'll see if I can find a picture of what it looks like.

I'm not sure if that peg is a standard lockset item or if Airstream custom made it. I'll do some research and let you know.

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Old 04-11-2013, 06:18 AM   #1250
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Oops, my description of the peg was slightly off

It actually is a square peg although the end that connects to the lock cylinder is flattened with a round disc at the end. I tried taking some pictures this morning before heading to work but the camera didn't focus any better than my eyes do this early in the day

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I'll get some pictures this evening and if I get a chance tomorrow I'll run by the local lock smith and see if he has one available or can provide a source.

I'll let you know...

Almost forgot, do you have the parts that are located inside the wall?

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Old 04-11-2013, 02:14 PM   #1251
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Thanks Brad,

I found this interesting PDF...
http://professional.schlage.com/pdfs...ntrol_2007.pdf
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Old 04-11-2013, 06:49 PM   #1252
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We are in the process of buying one now. It' has a couple dents but in fair shape on the outside. Inside is in good condition looks all original. Were your dinette is we have a chair and dinette is across from the sink. Also looking to get a tow vehicle. Reading your post helps me a lot. Thanks and good luck with Yours. tommyt
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Old 04-11-2013, 07:49 PM   #1253
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Thanks Brad,

I found this interesting PDF...
http://professional.schlage.com/pdfs...ntrol_2007.pdf
I didn't see the peg in the PDF file.

Here are some pictures of what you're looking for.

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I've got to run into town tomorrow so I'll check with the local locksmith to see if he recognizes it and if he knows where to locate one.

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:19 AM   #1254
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Hey Steve,

The handle looks right. I will grab some shot on my '86 345 and post them.

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Old 04-12-2013, 08:24 AM   #1255
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Steve,

I dropped by the locksmith this morning and got some interesting information. The piece in question is called a "tail" and Schlage doesn't make one like the ones used on our motorhomes. What appears to have taken place is Airstream bought the Schlage locks with the standard tail piece and then modified the tail piece to suit their application. The locksmith gave me a couple of tail pieces to play with.

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It's pretty obvious that all Airstream did is cut the tail piece to a suitable length, welded on an extension piece made out of 3/16" key stock (I need to verify that dimension).

So the bottom line is you won't be able to go to a lock smith and buy the tail piece that you need. However it should be easy to fabricate one. The best choice for welding would be TIG but gas welding might get it done as well.

I can generate sketch with accurate dimensions for you if you would like.


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Old 04-12-2013, 07:07 PM   #1256
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Handle Pics from '86 345

Here's a few pics from my '86 345. Let me know if you need any other reference pics.

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Old 04-13-2013, 12:24 PM   #1257
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Thanks for the info and pics.

I seem to recall that the tailpiece is still available from Airstream, so I will verify that with Inland RV/Andy. If I can order the OEM parts thats gotta be the easy way!

I stopped into Home Depot and looked at locks, but they dont carry the cylinders... I will try to find a local locksmith and find out if its a standard piece.
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:25 PM   #1258
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Time to scare Ya'll...

I already said that my exterior handle was missing...
Torn off in a mishap somewhere in its past...
Here is what that area looks like..


Tried the handle up to the area...


It was time to brave and see what was underneath...
I drilled out the plate rivets...
Its not pretty, so those who are of a sensitive nature... look away now...



I bent the skin back to see what I have...
Looks like the deadlock solenoid is missing, but the wires are there for it and the doorbell..
Small mercies!

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Old 04-13-2013, 09:41 PM   #1259
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I think I will put the plate back on for now!

Brad had kindly sent me the correct mounts, so it was time to loose the old ones.
So, now I was in the mood!
And I brought tools, and I was prepared to use them!
Grinder, Sawzall, and chisels.



Going....


Going...


GONE!




Now to clean up the remnants.




End result..
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Old 04-13-2013, 09:51 PM   #1260
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Started on the drivers side mount...


But had to quit as my Sawzall Battery was toast, and I had used up the 3 cutting wheels I brought...
This was as far as I got.


So moved on the a job I got stuck on previously...
The rear fairing.
I had glued it together before, but could not remove it as the rivets were tricky to dril, si I groud off the heads with a flap wheel.

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