Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 07-28-2014, 07:39 AM   #1
New Member
 
1973 31' Excella 500
Mt Pleasant , South Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
1973 Excella

Hi, my name is Donna Cowden and my husband, Doug, and I own a 1973 Airstream Excella. We have it on our property in NC and use it for a weekend retreat.
I re-upholstered everything, we painted out the gold/brown wall in the kitchen and it is very comfortable.
We are having trouble with the exterior door latch. It won't open and we have to open the window next to the door to open the door. It will be looked at on our next visit.
We had started to take it apart when we discovered Yellow Jackets had nested under the camper, right behind the stairs! During our frantic run-in with this nest we created a new dance, the Yellow Jacket dance! Anyway, love our Airstream and will get that door fixed!
My husband recently pulled the toilet out and took it to a place nearby and had the valve that was leaking repaired. Total cost was about $70.00 so not too bad.
Thanks for adding us to this forum.
__________________

__________________
cowdend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2014, 07:49 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by cowdend View Post
Hi, my name is Donna Cowden and my husband, Doug, and I own a 1973 Airstream Excella. We have it on our property in NC and use it for a weekend retreat.
I re-upholstered everything, we painted out the gold/brown wall in the kitchen and it is very comfortable.
We are having trouble with the exterior door latch. It won't open and we have to open the window next to the door to open the door. It will be looked at on our next visit.
We had started to take it apart when we discovered Yellow Jackets had nested under the camper, right behind the stairs! During our frantic run-in with this nest we created a new dance, the Yellow Jacket dance! Anyway, love our Airstream and will get that door fixed!
My husband recently pulled the toilet out and took it to a place nearby and had the valve that was leaking repaired. Total cost was about $70.00 so not too bad.
Thanks for adding us to this forum.
Check the condition of the striker bolt and striker pocket.

If they are badly worn, then the only way to open the door, is to push the door inward at the lock, and at the same time pull the lock handle.

Andy
__________________

__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2014, 08:56 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Belegedhel's Avatar
 
1973 21' Globetrotter
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,202
You probably have what is referred to as a "KT" latch assembly. The good news is that with the door open, I think you need only remove 3 screws and the whole assembly lifts out. With it out of the door, you should be able to operate it and see what is broken/worn. I believe there are rebuild kits, or at least parts available for these.

Rebuild/repair is the way to go, as a replacement assembly is >$400! The hole in the door left by the KT latch is an oddball size, so you won't be able to just buy some other brand of latch and drop that in. You could patch up the hole and do some surgery to install a more modern "off-the-shelf" latch, and there are kits available to facilitate this as well.

good luck!
__________________
Belegedhel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2014, 09:55 AM   #4
New Member
 
1973 31' Excella 500
Mt Pleasant , South Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
We were attempting to remove the lock assembly when we were swarmed by yellow jackets! And the sliding panel on the screen door was out so they swarmed through the opening! Needless to say, they have been sent to yellow jacket heaven and we will attempt a repair on our next visit! The interior latch works, the exterior handle doesn't. We may remove it next time, seal up the opening with tape and secure the door until we get back. If we can't repair it a local locksmith who fixed the bargman lockset on our 1972 Shasta, may be of help. Thanks for the info.
__________________
cowdend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2014, 01:19 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Belegedhel's Avatar
 
1973 21' Globetrotter
Houston , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 2,202
You will see how simple the mechanism is when you get it out of the door. There is a shaft with a roll pin in it, and it could be that roll pin is missing/bent/broken, and it could be a very easy fix.
__________________
Belegedhel is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-28-2014, 01:28 PM   #6
New Member
 
1973 31' Excella 500
Mt Pleasant , South Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2014
Posts: 3
That's how it was acting before the handle quit working at all.
__________________
cowdend is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-29-2014, 06:13 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
RM66caravel's Avatar
 
1966 17' Caravel
Newport , North Carolina
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 1,286
There is a yellow jacket shuffle the yellow jacket sprint (my favorite)!
Cliff
__________________

__________________
Gotta get busy! Have a great day! Now where did I put those revits?
RM66caravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

« Me here | Top | New Dreamer »

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Excella vs Excella II vs Excella 500 vs Excella 1000 ElCamino Man Trailer Values 5 03-21-2013 03:32 PM
1973 Excella 500 31 Ft bcwine Trailer Values 13 04-24-2008 04:18 PM
Help with a Smell - 1973 Excella 500 tincanholiday Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 3 07-14-2004 04:25 PM
Electrical Problem 1973 Excella tincanholiday Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 4 06-10-2004 08:40 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:37 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.