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Old 06-06-2007, 12:57 AM   #1
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Door Latch Adjustment

We have a 2005 25' Safari Front Bedroom with the rear-hinged door.

Is there any way to adjust the door latch? We are having to slam the door to get it to close tightly.

All tips appreciated.
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Old 06-06-2007, 08:52 AM   #2
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Mine closes hard too. It's kind of like a car door. If you close it gently it latches, but not tight. The door latch is engaged, but the deadbolt won't throw. A firm push will make it latch up tight. I'm thinking that it is designed this way to provide a tight weather/dust seal.

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We have to really slam our door. Otherwise it lets in water. We are going to JC in a couple of weeks and hope to have it adjusted while there.

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We have an appointment there on October 1st. I'll add it to my check list as well, but I still think it's working as designed.

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We have to really slam our door. Otherwise it lets in water. We are going to JC in a couple of weeks and hope to have it adjusted while there.

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Please let us know what they say at JC regarding the door latch adjustment. Thanx.

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Old 06-06-2007, 11:12 AM   #6
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I've found that our screen door has "sagged" just a little, so the main door catch (looks like a bolt in the open doorway) is being hit by the screen door as it passes to close, because the out edge passes closer to the door frame toward the top. There are also slight wear marks on the door frame at the upper screen door hinge, which looks like one hinge at least is not shaped perfectly to avoid door frame contact. All of this may be contributing to some of our hard-door-closing symptom.

I think the amount of tension on the stablization bars (if deployed), relative to each other as well as to the tongue jack and axels, may have an effect on the ease of door closing. Sometimes our door is easy to close, sometimes noticeably not so easy...

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Old 06-06-2007, 11:22 AM   #7
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We have a 2005 25' Safari Front Bedroom with the rear-hinged door.

Is there any way to adjust the door latch? We are having to slam the door to get it to close tightly.

All tips appreciated.
Easiest fix in the world.

Spray the striker bolt and stiker pocket with "silicone spray," lots of it.

Works magic on any year Airstream trailer or motorhome.

DO NOT use WD-40, or any oils or greases.

While your at it, lube the entrance door hinges with the silicone spray as well.

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You make us sound like idiots, Andy. But, that's why you're the dealer and we're not. Thanks for the tip. I'll try that when I go back to the trailer this weekend, and take the item off my warranty check-list.

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You make us sound like idiots, Andy. But, that's why you're the dealer and we're not. Thanks for the tip. I'll try that when I go back to the trailer this weekend, and take the item off my warranty check-list.

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Your not by any means "wacko" but you have, like many others, that dreaded "aluminumitis" disease, associated with exposure to Airstreams.

It has many different symptoms.

Toss in that senior citizen stuff, and like holy cow man, life can really get tough.

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Your not by any means "wacko" but you have, like many others, that dreaded "aluminumitis" disease, associated with exposure to Airstreams.

It has many different symptoms.

Toss in that senior citizen stuff, and like holy cow man, life can really get tough.

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Andy, like, wow man. You are too much. From one 'sr', I'll send karma to ya! Thanks for the laughs.
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Andy,

Thank you, thank you. We recently purchased a 2005 30 foot Classic. The door was very hard to both shut and open. I picked up some silicone spray lube on the way home from work today and sprayed the latch mechanism. It works great now; easy to close, and easy to open.

Thanks for the great tip!!

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Andy,

Thank you, thank you. We recently purchased a 2005 30 foot Classic. The door was very hard to both shut and open. I picked up some silicone spray lube on the way home from work today and sprayed the latch mechanism. It works great now; easy to close, and easy to open.

Thanks for the great tip!!

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Fortunately, there still remains a few simple things in life.

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Old 11-17-2011, 12:38 PM   #13
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Jackson Center Experience?

My entrance door has the sag described by others. The door latch lines up low compared to the pin it attaches to on the door frame. So you need to slam the door very hard to get fully closed.

I have sprayed the latch, pin, hinges, and gasket with pure silicone lube. Only minor improvement. I don't think this is a sprung door. It just appears to be a sag.

I am considering taking it Jackson center to be adjusted. Can any of you provide your experience getting this type adjustment at Jackson center?
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I adjusted my door from brand new (home two days) back in 2006 by loosening the strike pin which is like a 7/8" six point wrench and bumping it in the correct direction with a rubber mallet. My door closes like a new toyota now and it is 5 years old and has 60k of towing.

Anytime you feel like you did not get your money's worth on your airstream go close the door on a 30k box trailer and you will wonder if it would last 3 years.
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