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Old 04-01-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Door hinges

Has anyone replaced their door hinges on the entry door. I just got 2 hinges yesterday from the postman. And I realized I forgot to get the rivets for the screen door. Anyone have any do's and do not's for there removal and replacement.

What about making them seal out water because mine were leaking through the bolt holes and they were not loose but my floor was always wet after a rain. When I removed the lower wall panel I could see where the water had been leaking from the bolts in the coach door frame
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Old 04-02-2011, 01:28 PM   #2
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I have not done this job but have a new set of just hinges waiting on me to get motivated. So if you feel like documenting the procedure for posterity I and others will certainly appreciate it.

I read a tip on the Airstream website (1/4 plastic washers split and slid over the hinge pins to raise the door up slightly) that has my door shutting much better so I am not in the hurry to change the hinges I was in when I ordered them but still intend to swap them out eventually.

Good luck and I hope other provide the help you are seeking.
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Old 04-02-2011, 02:00 PM   #3
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Not sure on the Coaches but on the trailers the bolts are potted to the inside of the outer skin. The factory uses some form of rubber caulk but I would assume any silicone caulk would work.

When I had to get to my hinges on the trailer I cut access holes in the inside skin to get to the nuts. These holes are small enough that I could cover them with 2x4 white blank electrical cover plates and thus have easy access to the nuts in the future.
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Old 04-03-2011, 08:03 AM   #4
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Well to do it right, you will need to remove the skin on the door and the wall so that you can access the nuts that hold the hinges on. Some have drilled holes in the body interior skin to access the nuts in the body, but if your going to do the job, why not do it right. Taking out some of the pop rivets is just part of owning one of these.

Do not use silicone when you put the new hinges on, use Vulcum that you can get at Vintage Trailer Supply.

After my hinges were losing the pin, I had to call Sonny at Camper Repair Center in Montevallo, AL to get new ones.

I bolted the screen to the hinge after welding up the cracks in the screen frame. I also put new black screen material in while working it over. I taped the hinge and used stainless allen head caps screws to keep it together.

I will try and get some pic's today of the hinges of how I bolted the screen on.
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Old 04-03-2011, 10:13 AM   #5
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That would be great if you could post pics on how you re attached the screen door. I don;t have the right rivets it looks like there are 3 rivets on each hinge that are bucked. I have the lower interior panel off but I haven't removed the door panels yet the weather is not that warm yet here.

Do I have to remove the door panels completely or can I just do the hinge side.
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You can try to take the hinge side off first to see if you can get it back far enough to get to them. I took mine off complety so that I could paint them.

Here is some shots of the hinge mod that I made for the screen door.
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I was wondering if I could use a bolt & nut it looks like there would not be enough space between the 2 frames for a nut.What did you use to seal the hinge bolt holes my hinge bolts were tight but water was still leaking in there.
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You will not have room for nuts. I taped the hinge and think used 5mm Stainless steel allen head cap screws. I think you could use 10-24 or 32 bolts as well. These are just what I had.

You want to use Trem-Pro 635.

If there is a Fastenal store in you area they have Trem-Pro products, and stainless bolts.
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