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Old 06-13-2009, 04:56 PM   #1
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Unidentified "J" Channel

I'm restoring a 1963 Tradewind. On the outside of the trailer, between the two access doors for the refrigerator, there is a horizontal piece of J channel mounted with three rivets. On my trailer it is 12 9/16 inches long. Just to the left of the J channel is an indented 3/16 hole. I'm guessing that the hole would correspond to the primary doorknob, but the door is presently buried behind a mountain of parts. Maybe there is supposed to be a rubber bumper? It doesn't seem like the J channel relates to anything else. But, I see it is on all the trailers of that vintage that I can find, like this one from vintage airstream.com.



I figure I'll just leave it there in any event, but I'd sure like to know what it's for.
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Old 06-13-2009, 05:52 PM   #2
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I think it's for the latch on the door-in-a-door.
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Old 06-13-2009, 08:12 PM   #3
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Correct, the J channel allows the door-in-door to be open and still operate the entry door. The latch on the d-i-d should have two little wheels on it and the J fits between them. Pretty neat little gadget! The screw hole you describe is for the entry door rubber bumper.

I just bought a '63 Tradewind a couple weeks ago, thus the only reason I knew the answer to your q.

Is yours a double or singles? Interior pix?

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Old 06-13-2009, 09:44 PM   #4
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Ditto to blacksheep and overlander63...our 63 GT has the same rigging for the door-in-door - only ours is on the right, 'cause the door hinges on the left - nifty!

Where are you parking your rig in Cape Coral? We have been looking for a home there for the past 6 weeks - to return to our home state - and code enforcement looks pretty stiff in the area - we rarely saw a boat or RV...

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Old 06-14-2009, 02:46 AM   #5
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Where are you parking your rig in Cape Coral? We have been looking for a home there for the past 6 weeks - to return to our home state - and code enforcement looks pretty stiff in the area - we rarely saw a boat or RV...

George
To store it, you can give A Storage Place on Littleton Road a call. They are at the corner of Littleton Road and Aluminum Road, between US 41 and Business 41.
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Old 06-14-2009, 05:39 AM   #6
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Thanks a lot for the replies. I had all kinds of speculative ideas. A bracket from which an outdoor table would hang; a center support for the awning. As usual, the most simple solution is the correct one.

We live in the county, literally the width of one street north of the city limits -- thank goodness. The only limitation we have is that we can't have anybody living out of a trailer. Fortunately nobody has tested the distinction between an extended visit and "living". Even more fortunate, I've got a carriage house/shop, so the project is happening indoors. The shell has been off, the frame rehabed, the deck replaced and the shell replaced. Now I'm near the end of the first-pass polish and will soon begin resealing seams and replacing loose rivits.

According to the serial number, it was a twin. But, it was gutted when I got it. We're relocating the bathroom to center curbside next to the refrigerator. I'm going to put in a queen with the headboard at the rear. It's going to be tight but at least on paper it fits. I moved the curbside window a little further back to accomodate the plan.







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