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Old 08-08-2019, 11:34 AM   #15
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The term bulletproofing in this usage had nothing to do with what is going on in this world now.
We stop using this terminology, then the next (such as sex describing pins in a connector) etc and soon we will have to come up with a new vocabulary. Some one will always be insulted, inflamed or bothered by what is said.

Just asking for a little sensitivity. If you aren't the kind type, never mind.
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Old 08-08-2019, 11:49 AM   #16
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I'm with RowieBowie: Recall the damn thing and fix it for good. So many folks out there who may not be able to fix this for themselves. Imagine the handle coming off when you need to escape in a hurry? We just had the "kill switch" for the automatic awning installed when we heard about the main power awning deploying on its own at 60mph. When will Airstream Inc listen to these forums, and stop building these trailers with cheap stuff?
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Old 08-08-2019, 01:25 PM   #17
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Interesting title!

Almost didn't log on. Who in there right mind would bulletproof their door when the whole trailer is made of aluminum? Anyway, my question would be, "Why not replace the whole locking mechanism? I am thinking about a regular door handle with a deadbolt for when you are home.
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Old 08-08-2019, 01:57 PM   #18
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Almost didn't log on. Who in there right mind would bulletproof their door when the whole trailer is made of aluminum?

Funny how the mind comes to a conclusion, but I see what you're saying.



Anyway, my question would be, "Why not replace the whole locking mechanism? I am thinking about a regular door handle with a deadbolt for when you are home.


I'm sure someone has developed their own replacement. My earlier point is they shouldn't have to in the first place. But we do have people of ingenuity on this forum.




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Old 08-09-2019, 06:34 PM   #19
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Nice update.

Thanks for sharing.
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Old 08-10-2019, 01:08 PM   #20
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Thanks for the heads up, detail and pics. Just completed the mod threading the hole and adding the washers today.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:18 AM   #21
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The term bulletproofing in this usage had nothing to do with what is going on in this world now.
We stop using this terminology, then the next (such as sex describing pins in a connector) etc and soon we will have to come up with a new vocabulary. Some one will always be insulted, inflamed or bothered by what is said.
No, what happens is about 5 kids get there parents to start screaming because it “insert whatever term they’ve assigned to inflame people” and everyone jumps to stop them from being upset and next thing MSM claims how horrible it is. This happens when you raise your children differently.
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Old 08-14-2019, 09:21 AM   #22
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I'm with RowieBowie: Recall the damn thing and fix it for good. So many folks out there who may not be able to fix this for themselves. Imagine the handle coming off when you need to escape in a hurry? We just had the "kill switch" for the automatic awning installed when we heard about the main power awning deploying on its own at 60mph. When will Airstream Inc listen to these forums, and stop building these trailers with cheap stuff?
When we stop buying them.
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Old 08-14-2019, 11:55 AM   #23
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I have noticed the 'sloppy' interior handle action. I performed the emergency escape mod and have practiced it several times. Be sure you have small screwdriver inside that is dedicated to the task of 'breaking out'.

Further, the sloppy handle reminds me that much of our beloved AS are bought from and made by 3rd parties. It is AS' responsibility to inspect (QC) and verify the item is durable and will perform the duty for the life of the trailer. They don't do a good job. Ask me about my tour of the JC Mothership.

I have had to do a lot of my own repairs even while the AS is under warranty. Not a good thing but necessary unless I wanted to take it to an overbooked dealer and wait months. So if we have these kind of problems with an Airstream...imagine the SOB owners.
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Old 08-14-2019, 12:29 PM   #24
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Adding a sturdy handle

An additional stainless steel handle likes this works fine. Put four fingers on the top handle and lift the lever handle with the thumb. Even our 3 year old grand daughter got it right away. Less stress on the lever handle and if you are pulling the door shut, then you avoid the lever handle completely.

We also added the strategically placed hole in the screen door, just in case...
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:45 PM   #25
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Very important to know emergency escape exit

It is very important to know your particular units emergency escape exit. One door with a breakable handle or latch can lead to high anxiety if you and family are inside when it breaks.
We own a 1989 345 RV and were traveling in Oklahoma in the summer on the “maiden voyage”.
It was 106F this afternoon and we had been having trouble keeping the A/C s running. Mistake #1 is there is a breaker ( under the seat) that was open that ties the generator to the rear a/c so that both a/c units can run reducing their load permitting both to run. They would not run individually.
We pulled into a big gas station on the interstate when the door latch broke leaving the wedge in the catch so neither side would work. The a/c’s would not run and it was getting very hot. My oldest grand daughter was able to get through the bathroom window to get help but by then I had disassembled the door latch assembly and with quite a bit of “boot” persuasion the door came open. That was a relief.
The next thing was that grand daughter had the Airstream Manual ( 2” thick binder) laid out on the back bed reading about the emergency exit window. It is easy to get out through it and the user needs to know about this. Very important! That was mistake #2– not reading the manual prior to using the air stream.
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:02 AM   #26
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Does anyone know when "modern" starts?
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Does anyone know when "modern" starts?
I believe form around 1980 forward Airstream used the current style door handle. I’ve seen a photo of a 1980 unit that had it and a 1979 that did not. I think that’s close anyway.
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fire escape caution

I did the modifications this past April, after seeing a friend deal with the problem. I was talking with Brad Taylor (Oregon Club President) this past weekend, and he told me a story where the handle failed, and the person had to use the window "fire escape". That can be difficult, and it resulted in a broken collar bone!
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