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Old 11-21-2012, 06:48 PM   #1
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Cabin door dead bolt replacement

All, I can't believe how many times I will be reading a thread here and then the next thing I find is that I start having the problem in short order.
I have been reading the thread on dead bolts failing. Ours has always worked perfectly until last Thursday. It seems to have suffered the same failure. (the spring steel piece)
So I now have a new dead bolt, and will start on the replacement job perhaps next week. (Unless the weather starts to suck, which is the forecast.)
But since most of the work is inside, I may just turn on the heat and hide in the MH.
I will post pictures of the progress.
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Can't wait to see the pics!
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Old 11-21-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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It seems to have suffered the same failure. (the spring steel piece)
That is why I bought two deadbolts, one to fix the problem and one as a spare.

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Old 11-27-2012, 09:08 AM   #4
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Ok guys, the deadbolt has been replaced. No big deal. Now if I was going to replace the actuator, the job would be quite a bit bigger.
The wood on the interior wall of our 345 has the aluminum inner skin under it. I just used a rotary zip tool to make two horizontal cuts through the wood only. I drilled the rivets in the inner window trim to get better access.
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After getting the wood panel out of the way I found that there was already an access hole provided by the factory.
Next was to remove all the goop the factory used to seal the area. Once this is out of the way, you must remove the two cap screws that hold the lock tumbler in place. I had to cut down an allen wrench to do this.
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Since the square shaft does not come out of the lock tumbler, the tumbler must be pushed out of the door handle to get the deadbolt unit out.
Next step was to drill out the two rivets holding in the deadbolt unit.
You will see that my deadbolt had experienced the same failure as the others. The spring steel part had broken.
Before the new unit can go in, the decorative piece must be removed, and the mounting ears must be grinded smaller.
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Once the new unit is in place, the tumbler is put back in with it's cap screws, and the area re-gooped.
I made a couple of wood strips to hide the two cuts made in the wood panel.
Works nice and smooth now.
I plan on rebuilding the original now to keep as a spare. Of course the original worked great for 26 years!
Hope this helps, Rob
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Somehow I missed this one.
This is the new deadbolt unit in place ready to be covered back up.
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Rob, looks good!

How many hours did it take to accomplish the task?

What did you use to seal the cracks with?

See you tomorrow night.

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Old 11-28-2012, 09:20 AM   #8
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All together it took about 3 hours to swap out the deadbolt unit. Now that I know what it takes I'm sure I could do one in half that time.
The sealer that I used was a bunch of putty tape. I had that in the shop.
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Rob,

When you re-installed the deadbolt did you use rivets or did you screws with nylocs?

Thanks!

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I just used pop rivets like original.
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Thsnks Rob.

I can seem to locate any stainless rivets locally. I check with one of the usual suppliers.

Thanks,

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I just used aluminum pop rivets with the normal steal inside shaft.
Hardware store variety.
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Old 01-29-2013, 10:39 AM   #13
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Thanks, Rob, for the details...mine still works, but now I'm afraid to use it
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310 dead bolt replacement

Yesterday I worked at replacing the dead bolt in our 310. I can safely say it's not near as easy on a 310 as it is on a 345

On a 310 there is only a narrow strip of wall that can be removed to work on the dead bolt and actuator motor. Unfortunately without removing the side wall AND the refrigerator there is no way to remove the actuator motor assembly. In my case this turned out to be a problem.

First here is the opening I cut in the wall to gain access. Without the Multi-Tool I don't know how I would have made the opening. Those things are amazing!

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There was no way to get enough access room above the deadbolt to use a modified Allen wrench like Rob did so in my case to get the dead bolt out the entire grab handle has to be removed. The worst part of removing the grab handle was having to keep flipping the wrench every 1/12th turn. Just no room to swing the wrench any more than that.

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Once the grab handle was removed I drilled the rivets out of the dead bolt and slid the dead bolt out and put the new one in its place. I ended up using stainless screws with nyloc nuts to hold the dead bolt in place. I couldn't find the right size rivets in town anywhere I think the screws with nylocs will hold just fine.

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Now for the problem with the actuator. Take a look at the following picture. See anything funny about the top of the actuator shaft?

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Notice the screw that is embedded in the side of the plastic clevis on the end of the actuator shaft? When Airstream was installing the fridge compartment they ran a screw through the wall right into the clevis. Apparently early in it's life the actuator was strong enough to eventually grind a slot in the plastic clevis. I ended up using a dremel with a diamond tipped cutter to cut part of the screw off. The actuator now has clearance to move freely. Unfortunately it appears either the actuator is going bad or the switch on the dash might have burned contacts because the actuator only strokes upwards once in a while.

It's too bad I can't remove the actuator because I have a good working spare that I removed from the 345 that I could replace it with

Bottom line is on a 310 at most you will be able to replace the dead bolt itself and not the actuator unless you're willing to remove the wall, the fridge and who knows what else to gain access.

At least now we can actually lock the door with the dead bolt from outside. Before we couldn't do that because of the bad dead bolt.

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