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Old 09-10-2009, 10:51 AM   #29
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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>
I made my own from som 3/4" birch left over from a cabinet project. I have a template that I can email anyone if you PM me with your email address. We lock the door knob and lock the travel lock also. But I figger with the flexing that the coach does during travel that it's possible that at one time these locks could spring loose (ever have difficulty closing a door when placing your stabiizers crooked?). It only takes one time to do the damage from a door popping open.
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Old 09-10-2009, 11:16 AM   #30
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Thumbs up Wooden dead bolt lock!

A friend gave be one a couple of years ago that he had received from someone else. That is what I have done, pass it on after I made one for my trailer. I can do some basic measurements of mine if anyone wants the dimensions.

The one post asks about it dropping out and I have traveled down some pretty bumpy highways and roads like washboards and so far it hasn't fallen out. I designed mine so that it is under pressure when it is put into location. Of course by the original post you need to have the type of entry handle like is the photograph. I like the wood since it won't mar the surface.

Drop me a note if you would like a drawing, etc. of mine.
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Old 09-10-2009, 04:12 PM   #31
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... Then again, the designer never met me... "Head? Where's my head? Oh, yeah. On my sholders. I knew that!"
Terry... unlike someone else we know, at least yours is kept on your shoulders.

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Old 09-10-2009, 04:19 PM   #32
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I recently got some adhesive backed rubber bumpers about a centimeter around, and less than 1/8 inch thick - designed to be used as feet on lamps, alarm clocks other tabletop appliances. Found them at WalMart. You could stick a couple of these on the back side of the wood to reduce slipping if that is a problem, but it looks like the depth of the notch for the handle and minimal pressure would keep it in place. Terry's aluminum one might benefit greatly from just such a mod.

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Old 09-10-2009, 05:13 PM   #33
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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>
Not everyone is lucky enough to have double locks, especially vintage owners. We only have the door latch/lock, so the doohickey adds a bit of backup in case that one fails.

Also, like others have said, we don't leave ours hanging on the outside handle when we're inside, to prevent pranksters locking us in!
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Old 09-10-2009, 08:09 PM   #34
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Thanks FreshAir for posting that pic. I knew there was a blue one here some where,I just could not for the life of me remember who had posted the pic before. I like the Door stop thingy too . I have the bungies and I can drill a hole better that I whiddle. I'd probably cut my finger off anyway. But I do like the blue one.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:08 PM   #35
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I love this forum

Thanks now i saw a door stop that even i may be able to figure out to keep our door from opening. this forum is the BEST place to share info and meet the nicest of people.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:24 PM   #36
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We live in California and ou rroads are so bumpy we had out door open 2x.
I love having the photos for a reference and i am not good with wood work but will try the door stop and see if that works on a vintage gal.
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Old 11-17-2009, 11:57 PM   #37
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Is this an issue with newer Airstreams?

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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!
I have never heard of anyone with a newer Airstream having their door fly open in transit. We always double-lock our door, but we didn't at first.... However, I had never heard of the doors locking on their own when slammed until recently on the AirForums!

So, I am with Terry....is this just an issue for older Airstreams?
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Old 11-19-2009, 01:37 AM   #38
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See attached pictures.
This is what we have now, too, just in case (see post #22)...we bought a brown door stop first, then found a nice grey one that rally looks good with the aluminum. The only difference in use is that we put it in from the door grab the other direction direction and really wedge it in. Works great!
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Does anyone still make these?
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hey terry, that was a pot-hole shot!

angle of curve of handle keeps it in place-lanyard is just to keep it on handle so "fool" doesn't forget it...my dad had one on his old outfit.
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This is what we have now, too, just in case (see post #22)...we bought a brown door stop first, then found a nice grey one that rally looks good with the aluminum. The only difference in use is that we put it in from the door grab the other direction direction and really wedge it in. Works great!
Thanks, Terry & fricad5! I would rather buy one of these now, and not worry, than have the door fly open in transit and wish I had....

I still wonder if anyone with a newer Airstream has had this happen.... We always double-lock the door. We have some potholes in our highways that will knock your teeth out, and our door has never opened....I cannot say the same about some of the drawers
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Old 11-20-2009, 08:40 PM   #42
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I know of at least one Airstreamer with a newer wide body AS who wished he had put the "doorstop" in place. I viewed the damage from the door coming open while in transit. Also while at the International this year I saw two doors come open in the parade of the vintage trailers as they made the turn into the parking area.
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