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Old 05-09-2012, 08:21 AM   #1
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kitchen cabinets popping open on the road

We have a 2009 Flying Cloud 27 FB, and the kitchen cabinets and drawers pop and slide open during travel. Has anyone else had that problem? Ideas would be welcome! We are leaving Friday for a 2 month trip to Alaska.
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Old 05-09-2012, 08:50 AM   #2
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We have had a 2007 Safari and now 2012 Flying Cloud and have never had a cabinet or drawer come open, even on some very rough roads.

Could there be too much stiffness in your suspension or hitch?

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:18 AM   #3
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Thanks for your thoughts, Doug, I asked my husband and he said no, it isn't too stiff. I'm not sure how one actually defines TOO stiff but I guess there is such a thing. How would we know? Ours has done this from the beginning and I just assumed everyone's cabinets and drawers flew open sometimes. It is very discouraging, I must say, to pack so carefully and find everything on the floor when you stop.
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Sometimes it seems you have to slam the drawers to get them closed completely. Ours are very hard to open and never come open during travel. Let us know what you find out, please. Jim
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:41 AM   #5
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Yup, we've made sure they are very tightly closed before driving. And the upper ones pop open often, and those are pretty closed or open, not much in between!

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Old 05-09-2012, 09:44 AM   #6
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The latches should require noticeable resistance when pulling drawers/doors open, a slight tug to overcome. Maybe they were not adjusted right when assembled, or loosened.

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The upper cabinets have no latches, just "overcenter" type hinges. Never had them come open either.

I would think balance of trailer tires/wheel assemblies ought to be checked.

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Oh, you tow with a Ford 350?

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Old 05-09-2012, 10:07 AM   #10
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We tow with a 2010 F 250. We used to tow with a 350
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:10 AM   #11
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Long-time Airstream repair shop owner and frequent contributor to this forum "Inland Andy" says that Airstreams must have a soft connection at the hitch. This advice, in spite of his extensive experience, was scoffed by many here, but its a simple check.

He would stand on the hitch and bounce up and down to look for a couple inches of movement. If so, it was a decent connection. Good advice in my book but I tend to favor experience over science.

If the connection is compliant, he would suggest checking the balance of the running gear, tires, wheels, brake assemblies.

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Old 05-09-2012, 11:39 AM   #12
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Drawers may open because of too much weight in them. There is a part at the back of the drawers that holds them and is supposed to prevent opening while driving, but they may be installed badly. In ours the drawer under the dinette curbside seat kept opening until the dealer put a 2nd one of those things on it. Now it is hard to open, but doesn't open itself.

A few other drawers have opened on really bad roads like the frost heaves on the Alaska Hwy. And if there is something heavy in a wardrobe it may push against and open the door.

What you have in the drawers or cabinets matters if it can move around. Check the part that holds them to see if it seems to be correctly installed and consider getting an extra one.

While this is a problem infrequently for us, you are having a lot more problems than is normal.

If you are leaving in a few days, not much time to check running gear. Check your hitch to see it is adjusted properly and maybe get the wheels rebalanced. Not much else you can do now.

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My F-350 was causing popped rivets, drawers to open, and even caused a crack in the aluminum skin beneath the locker door on the front of my 27FB. The AirSafe hitch and 800lb WD (weight distribution) bars resolved my issues with the Airstream.
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