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Old 05-29-2007, 03:31 PM   #1
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Door out of whack

Can someone help me with a door problem. If the picture gets posted....you can see that the lower part of my door is sprung out of shape on my 28 ft Argosy MH. It appears that it is ok from the middle hinge on up to top of door. From the hinge to the bottom of the door its sprung. the door opens and shuts easily. Any suggestion on what I might do to correct this problem.
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Old 05-29-2007, 03:37 PM   #2
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If that was a TT I could tell you exactly what was wrong, since it is a MoHo, I think you will have to remove and re-hang it. I have seen that on trailors before where the frame is jacked to high or sagging badly.


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It sure looks like the door on my Argosy TT -- the victim of a slow speed lock failure. The angular momentum of it opening is huge by the time it gets back to the hold-open latch. See http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...oor-26820.html. It's a project I have to do too. Against better advice I have tried banging and it gets me worse than nowhere. See the ideas that LI Pets and Inland Andy have about removing and using new rivet holes. Let us know how it turns out!
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Old 05-29-2007, 05:02 PM   #4
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Door rerig

By doing the method of building a wooden gig...I wonder if it would be necessary to unskin the complete door.....seems like it might be possible just to do the lower half ( in my case). I think I will have to think a bit more about this. Hate reinventing the wheel if it's already been done by someone.
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tn2 -- You might have a good point there. Be sure & check the rest of the door with a dollar bill -- you're good to go if you can't easily pull it past the gasket with the door closed.

Certainly give up on all the gasket and replace it completely when the job is done.
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Make a jig out of a 2X6 and try it!
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Can someone help me with a door problem. If the picture gets posted....you can see that the lower part of my door is sprung out of shape on my 28 ft Argosy MH. It appears that it is ok from the middle hinge on up to top of door. From the hinge to the bottom of the door its sprung. the door opens and shuts easily. Any suggestion on what I might do to correct this problem.

Remove all of the inner metal.

Realign the door.

Reinstall the inner sheet metal, "BUT DO NOT" use any of the original holes.

Drill new holes completely.

Check out the door. It should fit correctly.

Now, and not before, reinstall rivets in the original holes.

The new riveting will hold the door in it's new alignment. If you used the old holes, you would permit the door to back to it's warped shape.

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Old 05-30-2007, 01:25 AM   #8
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Just a thought - IF you know the complete history of the door/MH, and that it HASN"T flung open, then I'd think the door hinges have loosened from the shell side, and the door is sagging down. The fix is to remove or drill access holes from the inside, and replace the nuts with either double locknuts or lockwashers and nuts (of course, after rehanging the door up higher so it isn't sagging).

If it's been flung open, disregard my advice.
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Thanks for all the ideas on this. The door in my 68 Overlander is flush on the bottom and a good 1/2"-3/4" open at the top. I am going to start with the 2x4 with the door still mounted... if that fails to fix it I will pull the interior skin and try again. If it is still being stubborn then I will pull the door and make the jigs. It's only getting up to the 20's here by day and I don't have an inside space to work so I wonder if the temperature will have anything to do with my success.
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