Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-06-2013, 02:55 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
TinCanW/6's Avatar
 
1996 34' Excella
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 37
Door

So many great design features....how did AS FAIL at this? Who designs something that will eventually need to be tightened and not provide access? Then to boot cream the backside nuts with silicone. Come on man!

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-2193176399.jpg
Views:	147
Size:	401.5 KB
ID:	176145

A blood mess!
__________________

__________________
TinCanW/6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 04:01 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
Wingeezer's Avatar
 
2005 30' Classic
Burlington , Ontario
Join Date: Sep 2008
Posts: 2,708
I agree - I haven't yet had need to access the hinge bolts of our door. but I think if/when i do, I will try cutting the fabric wall covering and inner skin with a hole saw to get a socket wrench in, then making up some sort of (hopefully attractive) access plate to cover things up afterwards yet make future access easy.

Not sure what other folk have done.

I feel a bit the same about the way in which they have hidden the black/grey water outlet slide valves - seems it would have made more sense to make them easily accessible.

Truth to tell, I sometimes wonder if the negative aspects don't outweigh the positive aspects of totally enclosing the underside of the trailer.

Sorry to wander away from door hinges!

Brian.
__________________

__________________
Brian & Connie Mitchell

2005 Classic 30'
Hensley Arrow / Centramatics
2008 GMC Sierra SLT 2500HD,4x4,Crew Cab, Diesel, Leer cap.
Wingeezer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
TG Twinkie's Avatar
 
1974 Argosy 26
Morrill , Nebraska
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 5,139
Images: 2
Blog Entries: 5
If I were ever to do a shell off restoration. I would put aluminum sheeting on top of the frame before installing the plywood. Install the aluminum over and around the outriggers and leave the belly pan off In all areas except around the holding tanks. The insulation below the floor is virtually useless once it gets wet. By exposing the frame, it would not rust like it does with the belly pan installed.
__________________
Knowledge: "A gift to be shared. A treasure to receive."
TG Twinkie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
2 Rivet Member
 
TinCanW/6's Avatar
 
1996 34' Excella
Dallas , Texas
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 37
I guess I'm lucky in that there's a trim piece that goes around my door.

Click image for larger version

Name:	image-3588336252.jpg
Views:	98
Size:	442.7 KB
ID:	176161

The caulk used is a pain in the a$$ to dig out!
__________________
TinCanW/6 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 06:15 PM   #5
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
Colin H's Avatar
 
1957 30' Sovereign of the Road
1959 28' Ambassador
1949 24' Limited
Peru , New York
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 740
Quote:
Originally Posted by TinCanW/6 View Post
So many great design features....how did AS FAIL at this? Who designs something that will eventually need to be tightened and not provide access? Then to boot cream the backside nuts with silicone. Come on man!

Attachment 176145

A blood mess!
We have had to do many hinges with this "issue". The easiest way is to use a hole saw & line it up with where the fasteners are likely located & drill though the interior skin. Make sure the hole is slightly larger than the diameter of a 7/16" socket. After drilling the holes, dig out the caulk that is around the nuts holding the hinge in place. Insert the socket on a 3/8" drive extension & exert a bit of pressure so the socket catches the nut, then tighten. Then fill the hole on the skin with round metal plugs available at big box stores.
Good luck with it.
Colin
Colin H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-06-2013, 07:21 PM   #6
Moderator
 
HiHoAgRV's Avatar

 
1991 34' Excella
1963 26' Overlander
1961 26' Overlander
Central , Mississippi
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 5,326
Images: 29
Blog Entries: 49
Yeah, what Colin said...
On one of my previous trailers, the PO locked in the keys and decided that they could just un screw the hinges...

A 3/4 hole saw gains access to the nuts. If the nut is missing...you can super glue a nut to your finger to get it started on the screw...
__________________

__________________
Hi Ho Silver RV! Vernon, Sarah, Mac the Border Collie -
A honkin' long 34' named AlumaTherapy http://www.airforums.com/forums/f205...num-54749.html
and a 26' '63 Overlander, Dolly http://www.airforums.com/forums/f109...ome-71609.html
HiHoAgRV is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:03 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.