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Old 07-09-2008, 02:56 PM   #15
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Oh woe is me... stupid, stupid, stupid.

I forgot to turn my deadbolt and I knew I should have replace the striker - holder as it was getting thin.
You should be fine if you check, check and recheck. I'll use a real paper checklist from now on.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:58 PM   #16
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If you recall, my door came completely off after crashing into the side.

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I remember now Brad. Did you have a new door made or did you repair the old one? That sounds improbable. And did you do it yourself or did you have someone else repair the door?

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Old 07-09-2008, 03:06 PM   #17
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Lucky for me, the door survived in remarkable condition. I riveted it back on at our first over night, put on two hasps and haven't done a thing to it since. It needs attention but mostly for cosmetics and not functionality. I'll get to it when my shop gets built.

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Old 07-09-2008, 03:18 PM   #18
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So sorry. Hopefully when it is fixed (I noticed that there is no grab bar on your coach) you will aquire one of these 'door locks'; see picture. Any of you out there with mid 60s AS want a template PM me and I can send one and you can cut your own from wood. I have a few left for those not handy woodcutters.
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Old 07-09-2008, 03:42 PM   #19
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So sorry. Hopefully when it is fixed (I noticed that there is no grab bar on your coach) you will aquire one of these 'door locks'; see picture. Any of you out there with mid 60s AS want a template PM me and I can send one and you can cut your own from wood. I have a few left for those not handy woodcutters.
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(FreshAir has the best preventitive measure out there. We roll with one of these nowdays.)

I am so sorry about your door.
I feel your pain and totally understand because our Sovereign recently suffered the same fate. Prior to our incident, we had no visible dents anywhere. Your trailer is still gorgeous.
If you have not done so already, read this http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453/another-sprung-door-26820.html . I was able to completely straighten our BADLY bent door by following Inland Andy’s advice in post #22. I did not make a jig, as mentioned elsewhere. By removing the inner skin after drilling all of the rivets out, the outer skin can be bent back into shape.
I was also able to pull the corresponding dent on the curbside panel almost all the way out using suction cups from Harbor Freight. It might be worth a try.
Again, really sorry about your door. Not that it will help the situation, but I’ll send you some karma.
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:33 PM   #20
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I'm currently repairing an Argosy door damaged by a worse dumba** move on my part. Using Olympic rivets is a PIA with the follow-on gasket that I'll have to put back. LI Pets did his with Olympics and has documented it here at AIR (quickie links: A & B). Inland RV does these repairs as a fully qualified repair/dealer (insurance) standpoint but they're mighty far away from you. But if Kip (the master buck riveter -- find Shari's 05-12-08 post at http://www.airforums.com/forums/f91/s-girl-31084.html) is offering to help I most certainly would take him up on the offer!
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Old 07-09-2008, 06:01 PM   #21
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What an absolute bummer, went thru much the same thing on our First AS.

We feel your Pain.

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Old 07-09-2008, 09:26 PM   #22
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Don't look now but my 77 Overlander has a Suiaside (yup one of those) door also. The PO warned me about running with the door unlocked. I love that Blue POSI-LOCK. Will PM ya for a templet.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:24 AM   #23
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Sorry about the door.... totally understand.... been there, done that! Yikes! We lost our door on the Interstate ~ wound up at a WalMart making temp repairs so we could get back on the road. One thing to double check: if you haven't totally redone your door and put new rivets in the door hinges, do it! We lost our door even though our rivets looked great. The aluminum rivets go through a steel plate and weird corrosion occurs.

Hope you can repair your door (if you can't find an Airstream dealer, try a classic car or aircraft repair place that works on aluminum & rivets) Likely an aircraft repair will be easiest to find and they are very experienced with alum & rivets.

Good luck!

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Old 07-11-2008, 09:18 AM   #24
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'scuse me while I go talk to the commode....sick. Sorry for your pain.

However, while we're on the subject, I have a complete spare door. The post-1974 extruded frame type, not the prior years cast frame type. It's from an Ambassador. If anyone out there needs a door...

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Old 07-11-2008, 09:39 AM   #25
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Sorry about your door I hope it comes out OK. I guess for us NEWBIES its a learning curve thing. I thought I was being careful but I got a lesson in AWNING 101 the other day when I accidently left the awning deployed and a sudden TStorm caught me off guard .the wind ripped one of the Rafter arms off the awning and off the coach and threw it clear over the coach to the ground on the the Traffic side(left side) . I have been able to repair it.
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Old 07-12-2008, 08:37 AM   #26
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Sorry about your door I hope it comes out OK. I guess for us NEWBIES its a learning curve thing.
Well, if I were a NEWBIE it would be understandable. But I've been towing my dear little friend since 1999. I know better!

I tried suctioning the dent in the sidewall to no avail. It seemed to come out but slipped right back in no matter how many time I tried it.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:16 AM   #27
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Hopefully, you won't go through any major rainstorms... can you see daylight from the inside looking out...? Good luck on the repair. Sorry about your door, what a complete bummer! Karma to you.
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Old 07-12-2008, 09:23 AM   #28
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Daylight? well, yes and no. Upon further investigation it appears it will definitely be fixable. Just not by me. Thanks for the Karma!
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