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Old 08-14-2003, 02:25 PM   #1
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Has anyone installed a dead bolt on an old Airstream? Ours is a 71. Also, can they be bought from the factory or a dealer?
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Old 08-14-2003, 02:33 PM   #2
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We had one installed on our '77 at an International rally. They installed the lock in the wall of the trailer and the bolt went into the door.

That's all I remember, but maybe Brett can tell you more when he gets online tonight.
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Thanks for the quick reply. I'll check later for further info.
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Hi, Dan...

I installed a deadbolt in my '70 Safari back in '88 or '89, essentially the same way that Edie did theirs. I installed it in the wall and had the bolt throw into the door. It was a very easy installation, and it was just a standard residential 2" throw stainless steel single-cylinder deadbold available through your home improvement stores.

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Roger has it right.

The one thing that was done to the deadbolt that was installed at Internationl was that the bolt was cut down to half thickness. This allowed for a smaller hole in the door frames. The door is a structural component so a larger hole could cause trouble.

Also by installing in the wall the dead bolt could be used to lock the screen door so it could not be opened without making a racket. This allowed for safe feeling sleeping with the door open.
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The one thing that was done to the deadbolt that was installed at Internationl was that the bolt was cut down to half thickness. This allowed for a smaller hole in the door frames. The door is a structural component so a larger hole could cause trouble.
Thanks, Brett. That's a good point.

It was a long time ago, but I think that the lock I found had a smaller bolt than normal; maybe 1/2" diameter instead of the usual 3/4" or something. I don't have access to the trailer any longer, so I can't say with certainty. Perhaps an RV store would have a lock with a smaller bolt that is more suitable, but at the time, I think I found one at Home Depot that worked OK.

I do recall that I was able to leave a substantial amount of structural framing in place around the hole I drilled in the door and the door frame. It didn't appear at the time that the holes would cause any structural degredation.

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Perhaps an RV store would have a lock with a smaller bolt that is more suitable, but at the time, I think I found one at Home Depot that worked OK.
Any good lock shop probably won't have it in stock, but they should be able to order you a dead bolt with a smaller bolt. if worse comes to worse, one could always be turned down by a machine shop.
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Thanks for the info. I'll go get a stainless dead bolt and turn the shaft down on my metal lathe. Sounds like a good project.
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You may want to consider installing a digital door lock. I have one on my A/S and I think its the cat's meow!

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Hi Dan,

I had a dead bolt lock on my A/S that died! I went to replace it with another from one of the homeowner's hells, but couldn't make it work. The brand of the lock makes a difference. The cheaper QwikSet units have hollow lock bolts. These can't be ground down to fit the door width. However, the Defiant brand (which was the one originally installed!) has a solid bolt and can be ground to whatever thickness deemed necessary. The following link should be of some help.

http://home.tiac.net/~jtdjtd/aspix/deadbolt.html

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Thanks for the info and great pictures. I'll start drilling and filing as soon as it warms up a little outside.
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Here are some pics of my digital door lock.
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that sure looks good, although not very retro
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My Argosy Minuet has a deadbolt. However, it's only accessible from the inside. There is no keyed area outside. Because of the door frame flange it seems like trying to change this out for a keyed lock would be pretty difficult.

Has anyone dealt with anything like that before? Or is this another Argosy oddity?
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