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Old 06-05-2016, 05:02 PM   #15
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Another interesting observation....

The plastic catch that usually secures the screen door to the main door has pulled loose again (popped the outboard rivet). This is the second time it's happened. I previously popped open the catch and re-riveted it to the main door.

Could this be associated - and indication of an underlying problem?
Your squeaky hinges are always lubed with "silicone spray".

The groove in the striker bolt is cause by "unbalanced running gear".

That same unbalance also is usually the cause of breaking latches or loosing rivets, such as your screen door latch.

Broken copper tubing in the water system as well as the air conditioner, fatigue cracks in the sheet metal, fatigue cracks in the frame, shearing of rivets, inside and out, breaking copper wire within the walls, is all caused by unbalanced running gear.

Plus, bad rubber rods within the axles are known to also contribute to some strange damages to an Airstream trailer. Torsion axles, regardless of manufacture, only last about 25 years, or even less if the rubber rods were not exercised for a couple of years or so.

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Your squeaky hinges are always lubed with "silicone spray".

The groove in the striker bolt is cause by "unbalanced running gear".

That same unbalance also is usually the cause of breaking latches or loosing rivets, such as your screen door latch.

Broken copper tubing in the water system as well as the air conditioner, fatigue cracks in the sheet metal, fatigue cracks in the frame, shearing of rivets, inside and out, breaking copper wire within the walls, is all caused by unbalanced running gear.

Plus, bad rubber rods within the axles are known to also contribute to some strange damages to an Airstream trailer. Torsion axles, regardless of manufacture, only last about 25 years, or even less if the rubber rods were not exercised for a couple of years or so.

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New Henschen axles installed about 7 yrs ago. No new fatigue cracks or significant shearing of rivets since new axles. When I obtained the trailer, there was a good deal of interior panel damage, shearing of rivets and major component movement from walls. I still get some rivets popping but for the numerous cross country moves, including some bad dirt roads and low maintenance/care, I don't feel that it's unwarranted.

But the squeaky hinge continues to worry me.

Anyone have suggestions on what to look for or how to attack this?

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But the squeaky hinge continues to worry me.

Anyone have suggestions on what to look for or how to attack this?

Laura
Laura,

Lube the hinge, again and again and again. As many times as necessary to help the silicone work it's way into the hinge.

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Go there an buy a can of their penetrating oil. It is by far the best I have ever used. I am a retired farmer. Used it for years.
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