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Old 12-23-2005, 09:19 AM   #1
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Broken Door Latch

Merry Christmas All,
Let me try this again. Last post didn't go thru (or I can't find it anyway). Tried to enter our 1976 23' Land Yacht last weekend and appears someone tried to get door open and broke the latch. Lock works, but the connection that moves the latch which allows to door to open is broken or disconnected.

How can I open the door w/o damaging it? Is there a way to access the latch mechanism once door is open? Assume I'll have to replace entire latch asembly?

Thanks in advace for the assist. Ed

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Old 12-25-2005, 03:46 PM   #2
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Have you thought about checking out a locksmith to see what they can suggest? Either one of the mobile folks if you have them where you are, or take it over to a shop. I'm sure they are used to opening things without damaging them, particularly if you find someone who's been in the business for a while. Other than that without seeing pictures I'm not grasping what you actually have to work with.

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Old 12-25-2005, 08:22 PM   #3
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Things happen in 3's they say. See the post on Motorhome door lock woes.
Is your lock a horizontal or vertical lock? Got a picture?
If it's the vertical lock common to the Classic MOHO we may have a solution. Guy99 has the same problem with broken tabs on the actuator plate, as do I. We may be working up a custom fabrication order for some machine shop to help us out of our broken lock problem.
A word to the wise... Don't pull too hard on the door handle, it may be locked!! You may not know if your lock plate has already broken one of the two tabs that contact the handle. Once you break one the final one is easy to break, then you're out of luck.
Let us know your lock style. If it's a horizontal handle you'll have to see if you can find one of the more common replacement lock sets.....but be warned ... they 'aint' cheap.
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Old 12-26-2005, 11:03 AM   #4
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Thanks All. Yep, it is the horizontal lock, and I think the problem is what you cautioned against doing. Someone (kids living in house behind where AS is stored? ) pulled the door while it was locked and the actuating bar or linkage broke and will not open the lock. You would know, "They ain't cheap". Never are, are they? Recommendation for a site to find the lock?

Thanks again. Happy New Year. Ed
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:23 PM   #5
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Just had a lock-ectomy done on my Airstream Excella. Had multiple problems this time, but one of them awhile back was the problem you're having with your KT (Corbin) lock and it locked me out for awhile. It sounds like the pins broke that holds the outside handle (latch) to the spring loaded assembly. A good locksmith took care of that problem for me with just a couple of wood screws. It should be repairable without having to replace it, unless you've had yours as long as I have. That's when you opt to replace it entirely. Expensive, but in the LONG run, worth it. The old one CAN be rebuilt if you want to keep a spare around. Airstream still carries them and charges much less than dealers do, even though the price new is outrageous.

Hope you got it fixed. Sorry, just noticed the date on this thread, and I guess I'm a little late. <G>
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