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Old 06-06-2012, 06:49 AM   #15
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The interior knob comes off with the two screws. It should fall off in your hand at that point. It maybe corroded on, especially if you have leaks in that area. There is a square shaft similiar to the shaft on an old fashion door knob but about half the size.

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Old 06-06-2012, 06:54 AM   #16
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I expect the little box that the shaft fits through that is mounted to the door is stripped inside. I expect it is a crank type mechanism. You will have to drill out the rivets in the door to remove it and you may have to remove the handle as well. There is a little B-nut on the back of the lock that holds the shaft to the lock. If you can turn that you might not have to remove the handle. There will be a lot of that white putty crap in the way for sure.

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I have an 84 Excella and the bolt part of the dead bolt has stopped operating (cannot extend the dead bolt with either the key or the thumb knob. I removed the thumb knob ( thumb knob turns freely as does the cylinder) and tried to pull out the square shaft to release the bolt assy but to no avail. How do I remove the bolt assy so that I can rebuild it.
Between me and my machinist buddy/mentor we can fabricate any part that can be clamped toa lathe or mil.
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Old 06-10-2012, 07:09 PM   #17
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Ok, I drilled all the rivets and removed the inner door facing trim piece.

I drilled the rivets holding the inner skin to the door rib roughly 12 inches past the door handle top and bottom. Had to do this to enable me to warp the inner skin out enough to get my fat hand and a wrench (with a string tied to it incase I dropped it) and removed the two 1/4-20 nuts on the bottom of the handle and the top (covered partly by the dead bolt assembly) for a total of four nuts.

Pulled gently until the handle came off the side of the trailer, then pushed the door bell button out of the handle. Placed the handle back on the side of the trailer. This gave me enough wire to remove the door bell wires from the switch and tape each wire then push back through the grommet.

What was the goo they used to seal it all? It was white.

Drilled the rivets holding the dead bolt to the door facing and removed same from the doorfacing.

Drilled the rivets holding the dead bolt body together.

There are no gears in my unit just an arm connecting the piece the cylinder square rod goes through to the bolt itself.

What happened was the detent spring broke and jammed the piece the square rod goes through so that it wouldn't turn and move the bolt.

Now I have to find a spring.

Pictures to follow.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #18
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Mcmaster.com should have some springs. The white goo is an oil based caulk and not butyl as some have suggested. I would remove as much of that as you can and get the metal clean again and then seal with something like Trempro-635.

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:12 PM   #19
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Old 11-16-2013, 12:58 PM   #20
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This is what we are doing now. We had to take out he wall panel… which meant removing the trim from the door frame and the trim from the window frame. Then you can get to the 4 bolts that hold the door handle and door bell. Then drill out the two rivets by the throw and it comes out.

In the process we broke the mounting holes. We are ordering a replacement throw which was available for $49 from airstream supply
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Old 11-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #21
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Wow, i've been looking for that exact interior knob for my deadbolt. I'm missing the key (PO), but use the deadbolt at night. ANy ideas where one might be found?
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:14 PM   #22
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I bought mine at McMaster.com, $27.00, plus shipping, about $32.00.
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:15 PM   #23
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It's called a mortise lock
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Old 11-19-2013, 07:44 AM   #24
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Wow, i've been looking for that exact interior knob for my deadbolt. I'm missing the key (PO), but use the deadbolt at night. ANy ideas where one might be found? Thanks.
The knob came with the throw at Airstream supply, but I think I have seen them separately, too.

Is there a way to email me through my profile? I'll have an extra knob?
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Old 11-19-2013, 10:33 AM   #25
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There should be a good locksmith there in your community that can read the pins and fabricate you a key. That will be easier than removing and replacing the lock cylinder in the door grab handle. If possible it would be cheaper to take the trailer to the locksmith and easire to let them come to the trailer. I personally did not trust the door handle lock to hold the door shut going down the road so I fashioned a wooden wedge with a knotch that locked into the grab handle and over laped the door to make sure that the door would not come open going down the road until I got the deadbolt repaired.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #26
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We have taken ours to 2 locksmiths. Both said that the Schlage deadbolt was VERY tricky to impression. One tried and couldn't get it. The other said he could spend hours on it and there would be no guarantee he could get it, so we didn't try.

We rigged a hood latch on the outside of ours to keep the door closed while traveling, but decided it was still catching the wind and damaging the door (which is warped like crazy anyway) so that is when we decided to drill out the wall and re-key the deadbolt. Getting it out of the wall was the hard part, the hardware store had it re-keyed in no time.
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Old 11-20-2013, 11:32 AM   #27
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I had to replace the whole lock with a new one and it was smaller than the original and I had to make a custom trim ring to go around it. Remove the inner skin to the left of the door on the inside and remove the handle and the lock comes off with it. There are two small screws that hold the lock onto the handle. Remove those and take the lock to a locksmith and he should be able to recore it.

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Old 12-26-2013, 11:34 PM   #28
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Thanks for all the feedback gang. I'm going to take bits and pieces of this advice. Hopefully, the locksmith can get it without a complete removal.

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