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Old 04-20-2013, 02:06 PM   #1
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Door hinges loose

The entry door had been closing harder recently and I noticed it's because it is hanging a little slanted, due to the hinge screws being a little loose.
I tried screwing them into the frame tightly but it seems that two of them are not grabbing (turning them with the screwdriver has no effect).
What can I do?



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Old 04-20-2013, 03:47 PM   #2
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Drill out the rivets along the door jam on the inside, opposite the hinge. Then peel back the inside skin so you can get a wrench on the nuts on the inside.
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Old 04-20-2013, 03:49 PM   #3
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You can drill access holes on the other side of the hinges so you can get to the free turning nuts on the back side. The common sense thing to do would have been to make a nut plate that won't turn but they cheaped out. Here are some threads that may help.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f456...ges-93697.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f311...es-103550.html

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:28 PM   #4
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Thanks!

We are already full timing in the AS (awaiting our departure from Austin TX in a few weeks) and have no drill, so it looks like we'll need to stop by an RV shop on our trip.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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A drill is the most important tool you can carry in an Airstream. That and a good selection of pop rivets, and the pop rivet tools. I also carry some stainless steel #8 panhead sheet metal screws in case something inside comes loose. You will need a unibit or step drill to make the hole and you can get the chrome hole plugs from Lowe's or HD.

The bed frame came loose on a trip to FL and I just drilled out the old pop rivets and put some new ones in.

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Old 04-20-2013, 08:45 PM   #6
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The entry door had been closing harder recently and I noticed it's because it is hanging a little slanted, due to the hinge screws being a little loose.
I tried screwing them into the frame tightly but it seems that two of them are not grabbing (turning them with the screwdriver has no effect).
What can I do?



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The bigger question is "why did the hinges get loose"?

The answer is because of vibration.

Correcting the source of the vibration is an absolute "MUST" or the same thing will happen again and again.

Balancing the running gear or installing Centramatics will make the "fix".

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Old 04-21-2013, 07:12 AM   #7
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The source of vibration could just be from opening and closing the door. Everytime you close that door the whole side of the trailer deflects. If he has several loose rivets on the interior skin, I might agree with you. Aluminum expands and contracts from heat and cold. It might be a case of they were not tight from the factory.


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When we bought it last October, we were told by the previous owner that the door needed a good push (slam) to close. I'm assuming this caused the vibrations.

Since I put some grease on the lock, the door closes much better (normal) ... but the hinge is a little loose.
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When we bought it last October, we were told by the previous owner that the door needed a good push (slam) to close. I'm assuming this caused the vibrations.

Since I put some grease on the lock, the door closes much better (normal) ... but the hinge is a little loose.
The striker bolt and pocket should be lubed periodically with silicone spray.

Tighten the hinges as need be, as they will only get worse.

Check out the reason for the loose hinges.

Excessive rated tow vehicle, excessive rated hitch bars, unbalanced running gear and/or bad rubber rods within the axles.

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