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Old 07-09-2008, 12:56 PM   #1
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Unhappy Cry Me A River... Bent Door - Dented Side

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.

I was just finishing a wonderful trip in the Sierras, photography, hiking and boondocking. (more on that later)

A gentleman pulled up beside me beeping his horn. Rolled down my window to hear him say, "your door is open". Ugh! Checked to make sure I could successfully keep it closed for the rest of the trip home, then started crying. That lasted the first hour, then I was severely depressed for an hour, then resigned, then I tried not to think about it.

The damage may not look bad to some of you folks out there but for me it is huge. I am in the middle of Timbuktu. Here are the photos.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:08 PM   #2
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I am so sorry, AG. Sometimes things just happen. I'm sure that you will have it looking good as new in no time!
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:15 PM   #3
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Major bummer! I'm so sorry this happened. I'm glad at least that you were able to get the door closed and secured for the rest of your trip.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:19 PM   #4
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Thanks for your sympathy. I'm wondering if my insurance might take care of some of the repairs. I'll have to give them a call. I imagine that they would want an "authorized dealer" to make the repairs but I'd rather trust those on the forums who have extensive experience on the vintage trailers.
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:22 PM   #5
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Ouch!

Sympathy Karma. Beautiful vintage unit too.

The FB's withOUT the suicide doors ARE wonderful.


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Thank you for the Karma paula! I can use all I can get!
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Old 07-09-2008, 01:42 PM   #7
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I'm sure you feel awful. What a beautiful rig.
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If you lived closer I would be more then happy to help you out. Let me know if there is anything I can do to.

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Thanks Kip,

I will need to deliberate on this unhappy incident a bit more. I'll pm you later when I know what the insurance says.
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AG - now we have matching dents. I've lived with mine so long and have wanted to get it fixed and plan on doing it myself one day. I feel your pain. When's the next restoration rally? Seems they could make quick work of this.

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Brad, I never noticed your dent at Deadhorse. So sorry!

I don't think I could wait another year. Plus I am afraid the wind would rip open the door if I don't fix it soon.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:51 PM   #13
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were they locked?

Were both locks in the locked position? I cant figure out how it popped open with the dead bold locked too. Just the door lock...yes! Now I am worried about how mine is. I used the wooden latch in the 69 Caravel but rely on the dead bold in the 66.
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Fortunately, the dent isn't noticeable when the door is latched in the open position during an Open House.

Otherwise it is very obvious. If you recall, my door came completely off after crashing into the side on our maiden voyage. I was ready to head back home and it was the first day of a two week trip.

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