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Old 05-18-2006, 03:02 AM   #1
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Broken Inside Lock: '72 Tradewind

Lock still appears to function perfectly from the outside but
cannot be locked from the inside.
Locking lever just flops in it's slot.
How extensive of a repair will this be?

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Old 05-18-2006, 07:48 AM   #2
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The door locks are expensive to repair if you use the Airstream replacements. I have a 78 Excella and on two different occasions had problems with the lock/latch. I took the assembly out of the door and disassembled it, found the broken part and had the break brazed by a professional. The first fix cost me a 6 pack of beer, the second cost $10.

A replacement lock for my 78 is $170 and for a 1977 Airstream it is $700. It is best to try to resolve the problem yourself.

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Old 05-18-2006, 08:20 AM   #3
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Try this

hi- I have a '72 also, and that locking lever on mine seems to be threaded into something inside- is yours screwed in tight? Check that, and here is an exploded view of the main door lock: http://www.ldservice.com/tim/airstre...-door-lock.jpg
It describes how to get the lock out of the door in the service manual,but basically you take out all visible screws holding it to the inner skin, and door frame, and also take out enough rivets from that skin to be able to bend it out so the lock mechanism can pivot out of the exterior hole.Good luck- Tim
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I will check to see if it's threaded.....thanks much to both for the info and link
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