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Old 02-23-2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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I had my Basecamp parked in my driveway with the steps down and the doors closed, but not latched. The next morning I found one of the doors on the ground. Apparently a gust of wind whipped the door open, the nylon strap was ripped off from where it is riveted to the trailer, and the hinges broke apart. The hinges look heavy-duty, but closer inspection reveals that only about an eighth of an inch of metal is all that is used to keep the hinges together. I also find that when the doors are open, they can slam shut with a light breeze. I use a bungee to keep them open. I am going to have to remove the interior aluminum panels to replace the hinges. Does anyone have any similar experiences or creative suggestions to help eliminate the problems?
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:13 AM   #2
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2008 - Is it under warranty by Airstream? Won't they fix it?
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Old 02-23-2008, 10:50 AM   #3
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Thanks for the quick reply! Unfortunately, Airstream's warranty dept. considers it 'wind damage' and will not cover it. I'm simply glad it didn't happen 1000 miles from home!
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:11 PM   #4
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If it were my trailer, I think I'd bite the bullet and have my dealer fix it. There is a lot of sub-structure fior both the door and body that may also be damaged.

FWIW, the plastic holders A/S supplies for the prop rods suck - they snap off REAL easy. I made new ones from some 3/4" angle steel, they hold up well.
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Airstream sent me a pair of the door stays (prop rods) and they do suck. I replaced the hinges myself and camped last weekend. The plastic clip that holds the rod to the door snapped off in a slight breeze! I rigged some tie down straps on both the interior and exterior for the remainder of the trip. Thanks for the insight with the steel. Do you have any pics?
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Airstream sent me a pair of the door stays (prop rods) and they do suck. I replaced the hinges myself and camped last weekend. The plastic clip that holds the rod to the door snapped off in a slight breeze! I rigged some tie down straps on both the interior and exterior for the remainder of the trip. Thanks for the insight with the steel. Do you have any pics?
I'll try and shoot some pix this evening of the mod and get them posted.
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I had my Basecamp parked in my driveway with the steps down and the doors closed, but not latched. The next morning I found one of the doors on the ground. Apparently a gust of wind whipped the door open, the nylon strap was ripped off from where it is riveted to the trailer, and the hinges broke apart. The hinges look heavy-duty, but closer inspection reveals that only about an eighth of an inch of metal is all that is used to keep the hinges together. I also find that when the doors are open, they can slam shut with a light breeze. I use a bungee to keep them open. I am going to have to remove the interior aluminum panels to replace the hinges. Does anyone have any similar experiences or creative suggestions to help eliminate the problems?
FWIW, I saw the same thing happen to a Basecamp on a dealer's lot.
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Old 04-22-2008, 03:31 PM   #8
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I use a large triangular doorstop from lowes. I am partial to the orange ones..
stick them in the space between the body and door and the wind or door bumpers won't get you.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:46 AM   #9
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Bullet Proof Door solution!

Go to Auto parts store or your nearest junkyard and get some of those hood lifters. Bolt them on the stairway and doors and when you open up.. its like being on the set of Startrek when the propguys shove the doors open. Remember that sound? I think I'll set that up.

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Airstream sent me a pair of the door stays (prop rods) and they do suck. I replaced the hinges myself and camped last weekend. The plastic clip that holds the rod to the door snapped off in a slight breeze! I rigged some tie down straps on both the interior and exterior for the remainder of the trip. Thanks for the insight with the steel. Do you have any pics?
PLz Do tell how you replaced the hinges
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