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Old 03-19-2008, 03:43 PM   #1
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Entry door alignment

Hi, I have a 1972 Trade Wind and my entry door squeaks badly and I notice the gap between the closed door and the trailer body is uneven. When facing the hinge assembly I can see that the door needs to be moved up a tad on the verticle axel that runs the length of the hinge - holding door to trailer frame. I'm not sure how to do this nor how to reduce the upper door-trailer gap at the top right of the door. If anyone can give me some tips I'd appreciate it! Thanks.

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Old 03-19-2008, 04:36 PM   #2
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Hi, I have a 1972 Trade Wind and my entry door squeaks badly and I notice the gap between the closed door and the trailer body is uneven. When facing the hinge assembly I can see that the door needs to be moved up a tad on the verticle axel that runs the length of the hinge - holding door to trailer frame. I'm not sure how to do this nor how to reduce the upper door-trailer gap at the top right of the door. If anyone can give me some tips I'd appreciate it! Thanks.

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Hi Daniel; As a rule the doors warp more often than droop. It happens when something gets caught between the door and trailers door sill while closing the door. Since yours droops, you may want to inspect your hinges very closely. The pins may be worn out, or the hinge retaining bolts are loose with possibility of bolts being loose awhile and vibrations wore and egg shaped the holes in the body frame with time. This condition can occur in both hinges. Top will allow top of door to droop and bottom hinge will allow the door to get closer to body frame, thus magnifying the drop. Try to lift the door at opposite end from hinges. While lifting look for movement in hinge area. If that is not the problem then your door frame must be bent. This however can confirmed by visible buckling of the door skin. Thanks, "Boatdoc"
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Old 03-19-2008, 04:38 PM   #3
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... It happens when something gets caught between the door and trailers door sill while closing the door. ...
... Or the door blows open while going down the road.

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Here are some links that might help. Good Luck

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...ack-32835.html --Door out of wack

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...out-34297.html -- Door Hinge Pin Comes Out

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...moval-question Hinge Pin Removal

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...ose-31022.html Door won't close

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...oor-26820.html Another Sprung Door
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Hi, I have a 1972 Trade Wind and my entry door squeaks badly and I notice the gap between the closed door and the trailer body is uneven. When facing the hinge assembly I can see that the door needs to be moved up a tad on the verticle axel that runs the length of the hinge - holding door to trailer frame. I'm not sure how to do this nor how to reduce the upper door-trailer gap at the top right of the door. If anyone can give me some tips I'd appreciate it! Thanks.

Daniel
You can change the hinge pin, if you wish.

Or, drill out the rivets that hold the door to the hinge.

Enlarge those holes, in the door, only.

Reorient the door so that it fits like it should.

Drill out the hinge to door holes to accept 1/4 inch bolts.

Install the bolts, but make sude that they are no too long.

You may have to replace the gasket.

The door now should fit evenly within the door jamb.

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Old 03-20-2008, 05:02 PM   #6
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Thanks for the tips! The door hinge does not move a bit when I lift up on the door, nor is any of the trailer or door skin buckled. However, I will check out the links that Robert left me. Thanks again.
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