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Old 12-26-2005, 03:06 PM   #1
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Question for owners of mid twin bed units of early 70s

The PO had removed the curbside roof locker above the twin bed and I recently purchased a replacement that differs from the one on the other side. The one I just received has a storage tub that mounts to the underside of the roof locker. The problem I'm having is that the hinge on the back of the storage tub wasn't attached when I received it and there are no holes in the bottom of the locker which match the bottom of the roof locker. Did I receive all of the hardware to use this? It seems that if I drilled new holes for the hinge to attach to the underside that it wouldn't snap in on the front. Somethings wrong.

Can somebody tell me what their assembly looks like hardware wise?

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Old 12-31-2005, 12:34 PM   #2
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Doesn't anybody have this type of roof locker?

Or did I not explain my problem well enough?

I'm leaning toward removing the storage tug, but would like other opinions on the matter.
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Old 12-31-2005, 12:37 PM   #3
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Mike...pictures might help...my 75 has an overhead storage area, but it has the tambour doors that roll up. It looks just like the storage cabinet over the galley area but in brown instead of the lighter color.

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My '75 Argosy has the same type of swing up over compartments as are on both sides of the galley. Is your existing one a tambour or a swing up?

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Old 12-31-2005, 02:59 PM   #5
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My fault...

I'm not talking about the doors in the front like the tambour doors, the attachment I'm talking about is the storage tub which mounts underneath the roof locker. It's supposed to underneath the locker with the hinge but there are no existing holes. So my question is is there anything else the hinge underneath attaches to? Hope that makes things clearer.
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Old 12-31-2005, 04:32 PM   #6
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Mike, My '73 doesn't have anything like the "Tub" your talking about for the Locker above the bed. It does have those below the bed. Is it possible that they sent extra stuff that should be mounted elsewhere? A picture or two might help.

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OK, there's an optional "tub" available, one that holds an entire comforter, sheets, and pillows. It mounts underneath the overhead. It uses a piano hinge in the back, and the front has 2 plastic spring loaded locks.These locks appear to be the same as the door hold-backs on the outside skin.
A pair of small spring loaded pins goes through the extrusion on the tub and when pushed in, releases the locks. The tub then folds down on it's rear hinge and is held at 45 degrees down by steel wires on both ends. I will go through my hard drive and see if I can find some pictures of the TradeWind's interior that shows the tub.
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Found Pictures

Here are pictures of the rare and exclusive special order sub assembly to the roof locker.....
You know, every time I see pictures of our ex-TradeWind, i miss it more and more. I used to find the interior to present a definite love/hate scenario. Loved the practicality and layout, hated the drab brown visuals.
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Old 12-31-2005, 09:08 PM   #9
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Or did I not explain my problem well enough?

I'm leaning toward removing the storage tug, but would like other opinions on the matter.
Mike,
I was going to answer this earlier but decided since I never took pictures of the hinge area where it mounts to the tambour upper cabinets then I really would not be much help. I will tell you that I had to push both the release knobs straight inward with my palms while my fingers kept the storage tub from opening too fast. There is a steel wire on each end to prevent the tub from swinging down too far. I kept a few sheets and 2 fishing rods in that compartment. I didn't want to load the thing up for fear that it would put too much weight on the upper cabinet making it pull through the ceiling.
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Old 12-31-2005, 11:01 PM   #10
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Thanks Uwe, that's it!!!

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OK, there's an optional "tub" available, one that holds an entire comforter, sheets, and pillows. It mounts underneath the overhead. It uses a piano hinge in the back, and the front has 2 plastic spring loaded locks.These locks appear to be the same as the door hold-backs on the outside skin.
A pair of small spring loaded pins goes through the extrusion on the tub and when pushed in, releases the locks. The tub then folds down on it's rear hinge and is held at 45 degrees down by steel wires on both ends.
Now my question is: Does the piano hinge attach directly to the rear of the roof locker underneath? It may seem like a silly question but there are no holes underneath which match the holes in the piano hinge. The only holes I see appear to be a part of the curtain track mounting which I don't have.

The other question I have is: How does the extrusion on the tub snap over the spring loaded locks when putting it in the up, fully locked position?

Thanks again for everyone's help.
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Old 01-01-2006, 12:02 AM   #11
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Only shot I had of the tub

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Interesting. Don't have these. Didn't know they existed.
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About above picture

I think I remember looking up from the bed and seeing the piano hinge exposed. A number of copper colored acorn nuts were visible along the hinge. I guess what I am trying to say is that the center rod running through the piano hinge was backed up to the edge of the tub and it was bolted into the compartment above. I also remember that each of the two catches hidden from view looked mysteriously like the outside door catch which kept the trailer door next to the side of the trailer when it was open. By the way, since Airstream buys from various vendors, maybe the piano hinge holes come different lengths between the holes.
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Interesting. Don't have these. Didn't know they existed.
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It is much quicker to pull out sheets, pillow cases and blankets to make up a bed when retrieving them from this compartment than from the plastic tubs underneath the bed. You know how those tambour doors can be when trying to pull out the tubs underneath the bed.
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