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Old 02-02-2011, 10:32 AM   #1
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Anyone ever move a door?

Just for curiosity's sake, anyone ever move their entry door? Pics?

Or, how about adding a porthole window to their door? Pics?

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Old 02-02-2011, 11:45 AM   #2
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JP added a porthole in his 59 Footer.

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Old 02-02-2011, 11:56 AM   #3
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If I were to move the door. I would certainly try to either reverse the hinges so the door would blow shut instead of open on the curb side or put the door on the opposite side of the trailer so that it would blow shut with the hinges on the left.
Don't know why they can't be on the street side.
If I were to take may trailer to England or Australia, the door would be on the street side.
Does Airstream build a trailer for export with the door(s) on the opposite side?
I don't know hwy Airstream hasn't change the design; either floorplan or door location so that the door would not blow open.
Also don't know why they haven't improved the design to eliminate the rotten floor problems.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:56 PM   #4
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If I were to move the door. I would certainly try to either reverse the hinges so the door would blow shut instead of open on the curb side or put the door on the opposite side of the trailer so that it would blow shut with the hinges on the left.
Don't know why they can't be on the street side.
If I were to take may trailer to England or Australia, the door would be on the street side.
Does Airstream build a trailer for export with the door(s) on the opposite side?
I don't know hwy Airstream hasn't change the design; either floorplan or door location so that the door would not blow open.
Also don't know why they haven't improved the design to eliminate the rotten floor problems.

The FB's do NOT have the "suicide door". The door hinge is toward the front - to keep the door from banging into the awning support when the awning is open. The first 5 off the line did have the suicide door. The factory wouldn't change those doors for free, but would do it if the owners paid. ERGO the swing can be changed IF the hinge is a new type one. Possibly on older ones too.

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Old 02-02-2011, 04:53 PM   #5
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I will be in about 3 weeks and I am changing the swing. Im not sure what Im getting into but it will make for a nice trailer
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:01 PM   #6
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If you put the door on the streetside of the trailer, you would run into problems in most campgrounds as they are set up for the doors to be on the curbside. You would be exiting your trailer into someone elses campsite, or into trees, in most cases. We had a trailer with 2 doors, and hardly ever used the streetside door for that reason. Made for good ventilation, though, when we had them both open.

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Old 02-02-2011, 09:00 PM   #7
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I like the 2000 + models of 22'ccd. With windows open the door will smash the window closest to it. Thats some fine engineering.
All doors should be curb side for safety reasons. And all doors should smash closest window.
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I like the 2000 + models of 22'ccd. With windows open the door will smash the window closest to it. Thats some fine engineering.
All doors should be curb side for safety reasons. And all doors should smash closest window.
Back in 1983, Airstream was extra careful. On my 34' Excella, not only does the window behind the door not open so the door can clear it, the one in front of the door doesn't open either!?! I guess they were just making up for that on yours.
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Old 02-02-2011, 10:31 PM   #9
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JP added a porthole in his 59 Footer.

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Wow! Thanks for the referral to JP's "Silver Pickle". What a great job! He's the Man. Love love love the porthole in the door along with everything else he did. Wow!!

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The FB's do NOT have the "suicide door". The door hinge is toward the front - to keep the door from banging into the awning support when the awning is open. The first 5 off the line did have the suicide door. The factory wouldn't change those doors for free, but would do it if the owners paid. ERGO the swing can be changed IF the hinge is a new type one. Possibly on older ones too.

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Paula, that is almost correct. The first dozen or so 25FB's produced in 2005 were hinged at the rear (suicide door) and do open into the awning brace when the awning is out. I know this because my Dear Lucy is one of these. After extensive use and due consideration, I prefer the rear hinged door. The front hinged door covers the kitchen window when when pinned in the open position.

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Airstream did this to keep us on our toes.

Hi, my Safari has the front mounted suicide door, and I just double check to make sure it is locked and bolted before hitting the road. My door will not hit the awning arm, or break an open window, but make sure that you don't turn on the furnace with the door latched open against the side of the body because it will probably melt. [why would anyone have their door open with the furnace on anyway?]
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I move my door every time I get in and out of the trailer, I move it open, then I move it closed......but I have a feeling thats not what we are talking about here....
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Does adding a door count?

Just my opinion, real airstreams have suicide doors. It is part of the adventure.
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