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Old 03-25-2014, 08:50 AM   #15
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Just what I was looking for--but they look to be sold out directly from Airstream. Anyone know if they are available anyplace else?
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Old 03-25-2014, 09:05 AM   #16
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My stainless steel water door hatch came with a CH708 key instead of the ubiquitous CH751 key that all RVers have for water access. This lock mechanism can not be rekeyed due to it's construction (CHEAP).

In their infinite wisdom, the factory has installed a new lock mechanism for the 2014 models outside access hatches. They are all keyed to the CH751 key. Thus anyone can open the access hatch and push up on the mattress or cushion and gain access to the inside of the trailer. The dead bolt and lock on the door are bypassed.

I found a locksmith that could alter these new access hatch key tumblers, so I made them match a lock on the camper shell of the pickup. That makes for one less unique key to carry.

I imagine a screw driver given a big twist would break the lock anyway, but the honest folks are deterred.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:25 AM   #17
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Thanks. I f I remember correctly, we had to do a bit of trimming when we replaced the outside shower.
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Old 03-25-2014, 11:33 AM   #18
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To get past the locks, they would just break a window. They don't like crawling through little access doors. The best theft protection is good insurance.

I don't care for my plastic water door access. Would my old lock mechanism fit the new stainless door?
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Old 03-25-2014, 01:58 PM   #19
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Sorry, it won't fit. (I thought about doing this myself, but the mechanism is a different size).
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Old 10-27-2014, 09:33 PM   #20
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Hi Mickey,

I won't be installing the door until spring when I get the AS out of storage, but here are some pics. It is a well made, high quality piece with a gasket on both the door and for the skin/door frame interface.

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I did seal some areas which I felt could allow water behind the skin when I overfill the FW tank.

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I sealed the seam all around the perimeter, the hose neck, the vent neck and the two rivets which hold the anti-spin fill neck brace. I used Par-bond.
Hey Rich- just going back through some posts and came across this one. Im about to the point where I "should" be doing my water fill....

Just wanted to check in to see how this went? Did you install and did it go ok? Any feedback to dimensions, issues, positives and negatives is appreciated.

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Old 10-27-2014, 09:39 PM   #21
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Hi Mic,

Just a straight bolt on. No trimming or mods to the AS required. I did seal around the perimeter with Parbond.
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Old 10-27-2014, 10:13 PM   #22
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Ahh.... you are direct replacement. I will be retro fitting to my '76 which has the terrible water fill.... I'm guessing it just takes a little trimming to accept the newer, larger size.

Thanks for the quick reply!
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Old 10-28-2014, 12:12 AM   #23
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Winter weather has hit here ... will wait until it warms or spring hits to install our SS WD.
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Old 10-29-2014, 04:52 PM   #24
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I need to look into some SS upgrades....right now (IMO), the look of the stove vent is the worst offender followed by the water heater. Is there a preferred third party reseller that is (more) reasonably priced or just straight from AS?
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Old 10-29-2014, 05:59 PM   #25
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Ahh.... you are direct replacement. I will be retro fitting to my '76 which has the terrible water fill.... I'm guessing it just takes a little trimming to accept the newer, larger size.

Thanks for the quick reply!
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If you are ditching the original tip-back door, you might consider offering it up for parts to someone. These can be rebuilt with fiberglass if cracked and are awesome for bucket filling when boondocking.... It took me months to find one when I was looking.
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Old 10-29-2014, 06:52 PM   #26
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Water Filler Door

Still can't believe the hinge is on the wrong side!! When will Airstream learn doors should trail in the wind.
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