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Old 01-13-2004, 12:39 AM   #1
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I got my A/S.. But...

Richard, who sold me the trailer was very thorough with the pre-trip inspection - he even locked the door, to make sure it would not come open on the trip.. Well it didn't, won't and can't.

The act of that last turned the key, broke the lock, locked. I checked out everything you had told me to check, and was happy, but now I can't get in to play with it.

Has anyone any tips on how to get into an Airstream that is locked, and the key operates, (i.e. turns) but does not do anything. The handle pulls outward as it should, but nothing disengages - the door will not open, and I am very reluctant to pull overly hard - I have just got the beastie, I do not want to break it.

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HELP!!!! PLEASE type of post..

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Calm down Theo.

Andy at Inland RV can tell you how to get into your AS without breaking anything.
Give him a call.

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PS Theo

The info Andy might give you is highly classified, He might give you instructions but then he will be obliged to off you.
Proceed at your own risk.

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Old 01-13-2004, 06:15 AM   #4
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Question Have you tried

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Sorry to hear about your problem with the door's lock..
This suggestion is not "hi-tech" but, it could get you in.
Take your keys to one of the side compartment doors..Open it and, have someone who is "slender" crawl in. Chances are that, they'll have to move the mattress aside to get up. But..once in, they could open the door for you....
Is that helpful?
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Old 01-13-2004, 06:41 AM   #5
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I had a similar problem last summer - try this before doing anything more drastic!
Push in on the door and at the same time, pull the flap. The door has to be unlocked for this to work, so do it a couple of times with different key positions.
If you get someone inside through one of the side panels and the door won't open from the inside, then they will need to pull the door towards them as they activate the handle.
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Old 01-13-2004, 08:49 AM   #6
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I just tried the pushing trick.. it was a different experience - something clicked as I pulled the flap. I confirmed also that there are not any compartments to unlock.. maybe I should make one..

I will hunt for Inland RV's number, and call..

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Forgive me for asking the obvioius question - but I've done enough painfully stupid things in my own life that it might be worth a shot.

You did mention that this was a new (your first?) airstream - and your post refers to "the key" - singular.

I use two keys to lock my door - one for the door lock - the other for the dead bolt.

Hope its this simple.



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It is my first Airstream, but is not a new one.. 1972 Safari.

There is only one keyhole.. So I presume only one key needed. I wish it was a simple thing. I have spent about an hour, trying to coax the thing to open, but nothing works.. At present I have a very nice lawn decoration.

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Old 01-13-2004, 09:22 AM   #9
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Don't know about the 72's but I will tell you that the late 60's locks are hardly high-security. Once when I misplaced the key, we simply took a keyring of similarly sized keys from other locks and tried them. Opened the door on the fourth try.

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This is worth noting..
While you're at it working on your door..Just be very careful not to break it..The cost for a replacement lock is over 400$. (Oops, Andy says," The cost is 600$"..sorry abt that..)
I'd give Andy a call..800-877-7311
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Did I read you to say that, there's no outside compartments?
That seems odd..
But then I've not seen your unit..I just figured all Airstreams had at least one..
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The only things on the outside, other than me, are.....

A battery box, at the end, an access panel to the rear of the fridge, and a opening to fill the water tank.. That is it. I am even desperate enough to have walked round four times, looking for the hatch that wasn't there..

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If you can get the door open, rather than use the lock again, have a deadbolt installed. Much cheaper and more secure than the original latch. I have a nice stainless steel deadbolt on mine and it looks like it was factory installed.
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You have a picture of your lock? Where do we get one that will look as good as yours.
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Pick, that is a great idea.. I will do that.

I got in. With the careful application of a very small crow bar, I manged to get in, to discover the lock needs rebuilding - the handle does not draw the tongue fully out of the recess, so that needs addressing now. However the metal of the handle, lock and surround is corroded to the ugly gray pitted mess that all such things decompose to.. SO, where is the best place to get a replacement lock, that looks good, and fits the door of a '72 Safari.

Other problems will be noted here, then listed where they seem to fit best..

Problem with holding tank, and bathroom.
Problem with cooker - no gas getting to it.
Problem with trailer lights - bulbs ok but don't light.
Problem with trailer lights - how to remove screws without killing lens.
Dings look bad, how to get rid of..
Ceiling lights, how to remove plastic lens thing.
How to remove, replace or re-color the counter tops - they are fine, but not a nice color.


Anyone who can suggest where best to put the above, please do so.

But, at least I am inside it now...

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