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Old 11-28-2005, 11:36 AM   #15
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I think that must be a doctored picture, because when I invented the 'doohickey' the patent office approved the application without delay.

They would never approve the patent if it had been invented by someone else.

Those of you that are using my doohickey without licence will be hearing from my attorney.
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:01 PM   #16
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Well..... its obvious to me that is not a doctored picture - seems to me Wally stole an idea that was patiented? double hmmmmmm ya know the more I look at those old sob trailers, the more I've seen show up on Airstream trailers - Could Wally be just a good marketer of trailers that were copies of other trialers ??? Perhaps it was not the market that put those other trailer companies out of business??? Perhaps his handcarved deadbolt is a disguised missle????? triple hmmmmm
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Old 11-28-2005, 12:57 PM   #17
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Terry, can you post a pic of the eave deployment? I don't have the grab bar.
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Old 11-28-2005, 01:34 PM   #18
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I don't know where you folks are all traveling to, but I don't think I've been on a single trip where that wouldn't get jostled out a dozen times by the roads I've been on! How often do you find that's fallen out in your travels? I'm guessing the attached lanyard is an indicator that it does fall out?

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Three years of travel, including all the way to OK and back, and it's never fallen out yet (not even in KS)!

Love the pic, guys The mystery deepens...
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I have a doohickey that came with my trailer, a home-made deadbolt, if you will. It fits on the grab handle by the door and keeps the door from popping open while travelling. When not being used it hangs on a hook just inside the door. Very simple, and works. Mr Grisso, the PO of my trailer, whipped it up, and I think it's just a great idea. I love low-tech solutions, so I thought I'd share.
Thanks for posting the photo Stef. I have been planning on making one for our Airstream. I think I can make one even with my limited skills. I remembered that there was a safety mechanism to keep it from getting lost but I couldn't remember how it was configured. These photos show me how it works. Now what did I do with my band saw?
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:01 AM   #20
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I have been using a common doorstop that I bought for less than a buck for years. I drilled a hole in it and inserted a bungie with a plastic knob on it through the hole. I secure the bungie to the handle and slide the doorstop through the handle and wedge the door shut. It doesn't mar or fall out and can be easily removed and hung up in the trailer. No, I didn't invent either the doorstop or the bungie but both work together well to keep the door shut while traveling.
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:25 AM   #21
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Old 09-09-2009, 11:50 AM   #22
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Brilliant, and simple!
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Sure could have used one of these ideas 2 weeks ago. Lost both the deadbolt and the door latch while headed south and had to come up with something on the spot.
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Old 09-09-2009, 09:09 PM   #24
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I'm still giggling at this thread. Good info and too funny. Thanks for the picture, Stephanie, If my Caravel's door ever gets fixed I'll make one. In the mean time the PO had this door fly open and cracked the door casting. Then he fixed the crack by pop riveting a strap over the crack. Nice, but the door flexes now and it doesn't close tight at the lower front edge. Here's my semi - permanent solution. A sort of dead bolt with removable bolt. I push the door closed with my knee and slip the bolt in place. Voila, the door gasket fits weather tight in the lower corner and I can tow with rainproof confidence. When camping I keep the bolt in the trailer to keep pranksters from locking us in. Also I have this bolt as a backup to be sure the door doesn't fly open... a sort of doohicky jr. Anyway, it works for now and someday I can get around to doorframe surgery.
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Here is mine...

I like the contrasting color. I can instantly see if it is in place.
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Old 09-10-2009, 12:26 AM   #27
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I like the contrasting color. I can instantly see if it is in place.
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Looks good, but what is it made of and where do you get it?
Also if the door is locked and deadlocked what are the possibilies of the door opening? We just thought that if both locks were latched, it would be fine>
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Has anyone had a door that was double-locked come open in transit on a newer AS? If so I want to know about it!
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