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Old 08-21-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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Hinge question

Two of my seven top hinges on the fold-down storage doors under the gaucho have broken. Any suggestions of where I can find new ones or suggestions of what I can use as a substitute? (I tried a piano hinge, but it didn't line up quite as evenly as the existing plastic hinges). I figured I'd replace the two, but buy enough for the others, as they are sure to wear out soon as well. 3 doors are 24" wide; 4 are 18" wide. Thanks!
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Old 08-21-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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The only plastic hinges I have fond are for coolers (igloo and coleman). They aren't as long, but they are quite strong.
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Do AS dealers have them?
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:26 PM   #4
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I had the same problem with the hinged covers under my beds. I left the (breaking) hinge in place and; from the back side, covered the hinge area with a double layer of canvas and stapled the 7734 out of it. If you staple close to the center of the hinge on both pieces, you can't see the canvas from the front and the hatch cover hangs at the proper height - no sag and no-one will ever see the patch.
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Old 08-22-2010, 03:21 PM   #5
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I had the same problem with the hinged covers under my beds. I left the (breaking) hinge in place and; from the back side, covered the hinge area with a double layer of canvas and stapled the 7734 out of it. If you staple close to the center of the hinge on both pieces, you can't see the canvas from the front and the hatch cover hangs at the proper height - no sag and no-one will ever see the patch.
Thanks, Arrowstream. Sounds like a good solution, and one that I will consider if I can't find the right plastic hinges.

On a side note, it's a small world. I used to live in Lexington, right outside of Irmo (in SC).
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Two of my seven top hinges on the fold-down storage doors under the gaucho have broken. Any suggestions of where I can find new ones or suggestions of what I can use as a substitute? (I tried a piano hinge, but it didn't line up quite as evenly as the existing plastic hinges). I figured I'd replace the two, but buy enough for the others, as they are sure to wear out soon as well. 3 doors are 24" wide; 4 are 18" wide. Thanks!
The doors can inverted, and the held in place with a piano hinge, at the bottom.

Many owners have done that.

No more plastic.

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Old 08-22-2010, 04:18 PM   #7
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I'm guessing that Montana's a little cooler than Irmo right now (95+, but it's a moist heat). If you can find a fabric that's about the same color as the hinge, it'll blend in better. I'm trying to re-build a 1970 trailer on a budget and I suppose that some people may not agree with my shortcuts, but my goal is to make it functional and appear original without being a frame off restoration.
My new motto may be "that's not crooked, that's character"
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:56 PM   #8
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I'm guessing that Montana's a little cooler than Irmo right now (95+, but it's a moist heat). If you can find a fabric that's about the same color as the hinge, it'll blend in better. I'm trying to re-build a 1970 trailer on a budget and I suppose that some people may not agree with my shortcuts, but my goal is to make it functional and appear original without being a frame off restoration.
My new motto may be "that's not crooked, that's character"
Yes. A little cooler in Montana (only got up to 59 today), but summers are way too short.

The first shortcut I tried on this project was ye olde Duct Tape, but it did not do the trick. The more I think about your idea, the better I like it. In fact, I was thinking that even a piece of upholstery vinyl might work as well and match the wood.
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The doors can inverted, and the held in place with a piano hinge, at the bottom.

Many owners have done that.

No more plastic.

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Thanks Andy
I have the same issue in our "new" 1970 Overlander with the doors under the mid double gaucho. If you invert the doors, what sort of latch thingamabob keeps it shut?
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Thanks Andy
I have the same issue in our "new" 1970 Overlander with the doors under the mid double gaucho. If you invert the doors, what sort of latch thingamabob keeps it shut?
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You realize this thread is 6 years old? Fortunately, Andy is still active and will hopefully get an email about being quoted. Welcome to the forum and good luck!
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LOL yes I did realize that but I followed the rules and did the search and still had the question . I figured He'll pop in eventually and maybe it'll work out.
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