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Old 05-30-2013, 08:03 AM   #29
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Our 2 kitchen drawers are impossible to open. After much lifting, pulling, and tugging they will finally open. Do I need to replace something? Anyone else had this problem?
With those symptoms the first place to check is the drawer tracks. Remove the drawers and inspect the mounting hardware and screws. If one or more screws have started to back out they will create friction on the runners.
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Old 05-30-2013, 12:52 PM   #30
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Is this a common problem with the longer Airstreams?

We have a 19-foot Bambi and have never had a problem with drawers and doors coming open, except on the infamous, washboard road to Madison Arm Resort near West Yellowstone.

On that trip, the closet, oven and several cabinet doors came off of their hinges; and the refrigerator door popped open. Food, clothes, pots and pans, plastic bottles and everything in our trailer were all dumped on the floor. It looked like a King Kong had picked up our Bambi, turned it upside down and shook it like he was mixing a martini.
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Old 05-30-2013, 01:07 PM   #31
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I don't know about length having anything to do with it, I do know the part used to hold the drawers in place wear out and fail eventually. They are located at the back of the drawer and are, like a lot of RV parts, expensive for what you get.

We've had screws that hold door hinges back out and have tightened them before they came out. It is always good to check them periodically. There are products to squirt into the screw holes (the threads get worn if the screws loosen) and this stuff locks the screws in better. Lock Tite makes these products and they can be found in auto parts stores.

The same thing happens with the screws holding the drawer slides as SeeMore said.

It is also good to bring along a bunch of over sized screws to use when the holes get too big. This happens most often when they are screwed into fiberboard. Fiberboard does not hold screws well and as a preventive maintenance, it is good to take all screws in fiberboard out and use the Lock Tite product (others make similar stuff) to keep the screws from loosening. We had the dinette table screws on the single leg all come out and found the table on the floor upside down after bouncing along bad interstates. I eventually built a maple table to replace the Formica and fiberboard table and made sure to use large enough screws to hold tight in the hard wood.

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Old 05-30-2013, 01:55 PM   #32
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For the hinges on the particleboard closet and cabinet door, I tried replacing the original short wood screws with longer ones, with toothpicks in the enlarged holes; but these pull out again after a few months.

The final, permanent fix was to drill the hinge mounting holes all they way through and replace the wood screws with Loctite secured bolts, washers and nuts. We have had no problems with cabinet doors coming off since this modification.

Despite how this sounds and how ugly one might imagine this mod looks, the bolt heads and washers don't look out of place in an aluminum Airstream. In fact, non-Airstream owners don't even notice the extra exposed hardware, unless I tell them about it.
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