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Old 02-07-2008, 06:18 PM   #15
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Hi Gary,

Good news. I still have the old lock. I was able to get the offending Phillips screw out by filing it square and using vise grips. PM me an address and Iíll drop it in the mail.

Thanks for the Karma, Ed. I have come close to throwing it out many times and was not absolutely certain that I hadnít.


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The original casting mold for the extended striker bolt, recently broke, and cannot be repaired.

Airstream has replaced that cast extended striker bolt, with one that is machined.

The machined striker bolt, is much more expensive that the cast bolt.

The new bolt still only available from an Airstream dealer.

Therefore the price of the complete lock with the new type striker bolt, has increased as well.

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Hi Andy,

Given my experience with the cast bolt, that is good news. Should be worth the extra expense.
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Old 02-07-2008, 06:24 PM   #16
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Experience with that lock says that when you slam the door, from the inside, the horizintal handle breaks off.

Hundreds have been replaced for that reason.

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I found a handle like that in my closet. I considered trying it till I noticed it would probably be a knuckle killer with the screen door, if it would work at all. The inside knob works very well.
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Old 02-07-2008, 07:45 PM   #17
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Yes, it is a longer bolt. When ours died, the original bolt and related parts were ok, so I bought a cheaper, short-bolt lock and reassembled into a reasonable new lock. It's held for about ten years now.

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Old 02-07-2008, 07:47 PM   #18
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Yes, it is a longer bolt. When ours died, the original bolt and related parts were ok, so I bought a cheaper, short-bolt lock and reassembled into a reasonable new lock. It's held for about ten years now.

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I would have done that too, but the bolt is what broke.
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I would have done that too, but the bolt is what broke.
Yeah, I figure ours will give up the ghost at some point, too, and then I'll buy the real thing. To tell the truth, this all happened before AirForums and all of the related resources were known to me; otherwise, I'd probably have bought a "real" new lock to begin with.


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Old 02-07-2008, 09:38 PM   #20
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Understand that. The forums have made a quantum leap in my Airstream knowledge and awareness, not to mention new friends. When I replaced the lock the first time, Fred and Jack’s Trailer Sales in Bryant, Arkansas (very near me) was an Airstream dealer so I got it there. They no longer are, the excellent folks at Airstream of Arkansas in Searcy picked up that option and they are true believers. After purchasing (and returning) one of the standard Bargmans, I got a new Airstream model at Fred and Jack’s. Even though they no longer sell Airstreams, they continue to stock parts. Today I would probably drive the extra distance to Searcy just to see Gene and the gang.
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Old 02-08-2008, 08:37 AM   #21
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great! let me send you some $ for at least shipping..... how do i give you "good karma"? pm sent.






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Let me check when I get home. I think I still have an old lock that had the bolt break. One of the “ears” on the back came off blocking the bolt fully in the doorframe, trapping me inside. After I removed the inside handle, I could only get 3 of the 4 screws holding the mechanism to the outside handle out because the Phillips head stripped on the last one. I was forced to pry the cage that holds the bolt in place to get out. After that, I had to remove the interior skin to get the now mangled lock out. If I can get the screw out with a pair of vise grips, you are welcome to my old one.
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Old 02-08-2008, 04:29 PM   #22
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great! let me send you some $ for at least shipping..... how do i give you "good karma"? pm sent.
Hi Gary,

Itís on its way. PM also sent. I even located the original Bargman key. When you get it, you will find some silver goop in the screw holes. This is Permatex Anti-Seize. If there had been some on the screws, that problem would never have existed. I canít believe that I didnít put some on back in the early í90s when I changed the lock the first time. I put either Loctite or Anti-Seize on every fastener that I tighten. Itís absolutely essential when you put a steel thread into aluminum, think sparkplug in a head. I even make it a point to take all my lug nuts off and coat the studs with it. Makes removal a lot easier.

Oh, and the Karma, there is a line below my avatar.
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