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Old 03-05-2015, 07:35 PM   #1
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'72 Sovereign door handle/lock

Where can in purchase a new handle/ lock that doesn't cost $500?
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Old 03-05-2015, 09:55 PM   #2
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You might find a used one for less, but it will still likely be hundreds, and crappy looking. You can buy a kit that includes a modern rv door latch, and some materials to patch the hole that is left over from Inland rv, but this will take some work (cutting, riveting), not just a bolt in option.

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Old 03-05-2015, 10:55 PM   #3
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It was a special lock, developed by Airstream and used only by Airstream. Prices reflect the rare nature of the original and custom built replacements.

As mentioned in Belegedhel's post there are other replacement locks but they will need to modify the door metal to install.
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Thanks guys. Yea did a little more research last night and realized that. I'm hoping i can piece it together and make it work. Just don't want to have it look like junk.


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If it wasn't for the end being broken off I would sandblast and paint it.

If you have the broken piece you might be able to piece it together with some really good epoxy (auto body or industrial good) if you have room to "scab" the back with a support.


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I'll be bringing the trailer home next week and begin the project. I'm hoping that piece is somewhere to be found.


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I feel your pain! The prices are waaay to much for a new lock. Here's a pic of what the PO did. The deadbolt works well, and the latch does, too. The lock on the latch is kaput.

Maybe get a piece of stainless cut as a new plate that goes over the missing part? I wound up paying about $80 just for a new latch pin, but at least it works now...
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I just repaired my obsolete Keeler with parts found at VTS. I did not want a new hole over the original one. The kit is a great quick fix, but I would be irritated with it forever. VTS has the keyed cylinder (NOS) for $25. If you want the original lock, the parts are out there, you just have to find them. Good luck
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They key to long life of this type of latch is NOT TO SLAM THE DOOR.
I repaired ours along with installing a dead bolt. The lock cylinders that are available for this mechanism are cheap (junk). Using the lock cylinder for security is a joke. You could also find yourself locked out. Because the key will not unlock the mechanism.


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Thanks for the help everybody. I'll have to add a deadbolt like the one that was pictured. That looks clean and could pass as original.


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In the same boat

Yep, I need a new lock too. I like the deadbolt! Can you share what you did to make that deadbolt install work?
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