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Old 12-28-2014, 08:35 PM   #1
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'71 Sovereign front door is sagging

I'm going through all the things that need fixing on my new '71 Sovereign. The front door is sagging where the hinge is attached to the body. Before I close the door I need to push it toward the back of the trailer to get it square in the opening. Once it's in the opening it fits fine.

Anyone have a picture of how it's held on? It looks like I need to take the galley cabinet out and the interior panels off to get access. I want to know what I'm getting into before I tear into it.

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Old 12-28-2014, 10:27 PM   #2
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There are studs in the hinge halves for a total of 7. Three that hold the hinge to the trailer and four that hold the hinge to the door or vice versa. The studs have nuts on them. The door half hinge has the nuts accessible at the back of the door. The trailer half nuts are behind the interior skin accessible by either removing the interior panel or cutting an access hole. Your biggest problem is that the moving portion of the hinge half has wallowed out holes were the hinge pin goes through. These hinges are no longer available new and the available used ones are generally wore out also. When I rebuilt the door on my 71 GT, I line bored the hinge half and installed bronze bushings. It is pictured in my thread below
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Old 12-28-2014, 11:28 PM   #3
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My problem is not the hinge pin or the half on the door, but the half secured to the body. With the door almost closed if I push the hinge rearward, it slides on the body about 1/8"

I pretty much knew I needed to remove the interior panel to get behind the hinge half but I didn't know what to expect when I got there.
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Old 12-29-2014, 10:19 AM   #4
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You are lucky if the hinge pin holes are not oblonged. The nuts are covered in sealant, and are of the type that have a star washer attached. I felt that the studs could have been longer as there was no thread protrusion of the stud through the nuts. The trailer hinge half is also an area where water can seep through and rot the floor at the door cutout.
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Old 01-08-2015, 03:56 PM   #5
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That was kind of a pain. The only way to get in there is to pull out the galley. Luckily there are other things I needed to do under there like change the water pump (origianlly belt driven? Thats what I think I saw) and check the water valves and furnace.

Drilled out some rivet heads and moved the interior skin away. Sure enough the 2 nuts covered in sealant had backed off just enough to let the door fall about 1/8".
Snugged them up, squared the door, tightened them a bit more and now I have a great fitting door.

Thanks for all the help!
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Old 01-08-2015, 09:51 PM   #6
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Glad I could help, the belt drive water pump is original. I've heard that they are rebuildable with parts available from Inland RV
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Um, would I want to rebuild this old pump? I thought that that is one thing that should be changed.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:53 AM   #8
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If it was me, I would just replace it with a modern smart pump. I just mentioned the rebuild as an option
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Oh ok. I have read that some Shurflo pumps last only a few years so I thought you were saying the originals were more reliable.
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I have a old pump that works great if u wanna pay for shipping I will send it to you .. I can send a pic . And the specs
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I have the old pump but I haven't put power to it yet
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I have heard, all second hand, that the originals had a longer life. It might be worth a post in the water systems topic area, you might be able to get more info
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Hi, if you need to change the bolts/studs that hold the door hinge to the shell, you can cheat and drill about a 1 1/4" hole in the inside shell and access them. I replaced mine with stainless and new vulkem when one let go.

I had to drill the head off of one, but other than that, it wasn't too bad. You can buy little chrome plugs to cover the holes inside.

the other alternative is removing some interior skin, and I was not about to do that.
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