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Old 01-29-2005, 06:48 AM   #1
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1975 door lock

Does anybody know the model number used on the 1975 overlander . I believe this lock is a bargeman lock . Mine still works now but I would like to start looking for a rebuild kit now before I need one, thanks
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Old 01-29-2005, 11:11 AM   #2
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1970 to 1977 Airstream and Argosy trailers used a lock called KT.

It's present day Airstream price is $550.01, plus shipping. Some dealers sell them for a little less.

There is no such thing as a repair kit for that type lock.

The usual problem with them is the tumbler goes bad, and the striker bolt gets a groove in it, so that after a while, you cannot open the door from the inside.

The striker bolt and striker pocket wear comes from lack of proper running gear balance.

Replacement parts for the KT lock, are not bargain basement, but expensive.

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Old 02-12-2005, 02:24 PM   #3
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Andy is right.
He is the only one I know that even repairs them.
I bought a 1977 20 foot Minuet back in the summer. The PO had Andy rebuild the lock for him. He gave me the receipt from that repair. "YIKES!" was my reaction when I saw the cost, (a little over $300). When I got the trailer home, the lock seemed "stiff" so I took it off and looked inside and saw that there isn't much in there. What is in there is not made of your run-of-the-mill metals either.
I could see how $300 to get one rebuilt is justifiable. The are small parts in there and these parts are not manufactured any longer. The parts in mine look as if they were machined, this means customized work.
I threw some WD-40 on everything and it all works BETTER than new.
Andy and his guys ROCK!
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Old 03-08-2005, 01:42 PM   #4
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Can anyone tell me:
1. What kind of metal is the body of the KT lock made of? I have one that works other than the flange that holds the shaft of the outside handle is broken. I have a metal worker friend who says he might be able to repair it but needs to know the composition.

2. Are there any practical, less expensive aftermarket locks that can replace the KT lock?
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Old 03-08-2005, 01:52 PM   #5
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The body of the KT lock is a low grade pot metal.

I would not suggest you try to weld it, unless your prepared to buy a new lock.

There is no replacement for the KT lock, without doing major work to the door.

Then, if that lock fails, you will be looking at another $2200.00 for a new door and frame.

Some things are best left alone.

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Old 03-09-2005, 06:39 AM   #6
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I agree that pot metal cannot be welded.........I can weld most metals but not pot metal. Nothing there to weld to........kinda like welding paper or something.
The groove Andy refered to can be welded out because the striker is made of steel.
Most anybody with a Tig-Rig makes short work of that groove.

One more thing to Andy, a imbalance in the tires/wheels seems a plausable reason for that groove but.....I know of a Airstream that has sat in the same place for 10 years and it has a bad groove on the striker.
This trailer hasn't budged a foot so there may be more than a imbalance issue at work here. I suggest a heat-treat issue.
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Old 03-10-2005, 11:33 AM   #7
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KT Lock replacement

Great news.

We have figured out a way to replace the KT lock, with a far less expensive lock, (less than half), for the 1973 to 1977 models. The 70-72 models have cast door frames, that cannot use the new type lock, because of the additional thickness of the casting.

We will shortly have that lock as a kit and we will post it in our web site, along with photo's.

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Old 03-10-2005, 12:12 PM   #8
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This is excellent news... waiting for photos..... ours is on it's last legs and we have been gingerly opening the door.
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Great news.

We have figured out a way to replace the KT lock, with a far less expensive lock, (less than half), for the 1973 to 1977 models. The 70-72 models have cast door frames, that cannot use the new type lock, because of the additional thickness of the casting.

We will shortly have that lock as a kit and we will post it in our web site, along with photo's.

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Would that also mean that 70-72 KT locks are not interchangable with 73-77 KT locks? My problem KT lock is on the 71. Could I repalce the 71 lock with the 73 lock and then use the new type lock on the 73?
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The same KT lock fits the 1970 to 1977 trailers. There is no difference from one year to another.

However, the kit we have come up with will not work with the cast door frame, since is much thicker.

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Loose Knob

The door knobs to my 54 Flying Cloud do not have locks, they just turn to open or close the door. The outside knob has come loose and pulls off. The inside one is fine. I'd like to keep the originals but it looks like a small pin is inserted to keep it on and I have no idea how to replace it or fix it. Any suggestions???
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The best thing to do, is to update the door with a lock that is currently available, and is still used by some RV manufacturers.

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I'll be anxiously awaiting this 'break through' as well. We have a '75 Excella 500 and the lock is shot. Everytime I lock or unlock it, I fully expect the entire lock mechanism to come out with the key.
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Anyone try it yet?

I'm really curious to know if anyone has tried the lock kit that InlandRV came out with. Pics would be great!

Mine is a 1975 Tradewind and I am looking for replacement parts or kits...

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