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Old 08-06-2004, 11:41 AM   #1
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Red face Door Sprung? Repair or Replace?

I haven't had much luck on finding an answer in the archives on this question.
Trailer under discussion 1977 20' Minuet.

I believe my door is sprung, not what I would call the best fit.

What is the definitive answer to what is a good fit and what is considered a sprung door?

If the door is sprung can it be repaired, and how would one go about doing this?

If it can't be repaired, would a standard size Argosy or Airstream door fit the Minuet?

So many question so few answers.
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Old 08-06-2004, 12:03 PM   #2
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Trailer under discussion 1977 20' Minuet.
I believe my door is sprung, not what I would call the best fit.
If the door is sprung can it be repaired, and how would one go about doing this?
If it can't be repaired, would a standard size Argosy or Airstream door fit the Minuet?
I have a 1977 20' Minuet and also a 1974 31' Sovereign.
When I got the Sovereign, the door was sprung due to the PO fitting a dead bolt and drilling in to the door for the bolt.
I took the door off the Sovereign and swapped it with the door from the Minuet - it fits perfectly, so I am sure that it would work in reverse!
To remove the 'spring' from the door is not too difficult - I posted this previously (about a year ago).
What you have to do is remove some of the rivets which hold on the inner door skin - leave the top and bottom most rows of rivets in place and just remove the ones up the sides (you could probably leave the middle row as well as these hold the 2 skins together).
The next step requires 2 people - 1 inside the trailer and 1 outside.
The outside guy closes the door and pushes the top and bottom into place so that it fits properly and holds it there.
The inside guy has a drill and some pop rivets at the ready.
Any holes that do not line up on the skin, with the holes on the frame, need to be re-drilled and riveted. Once all of the rivets have been replaced, your door should fit perfectly.
I hope that I have not missed anything - you might want to search for the original post with my user name just to check.
Good Luck.
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:41 PM   #3
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This may sound lik a dumb question, but exactly how do you know if your door is sprung? Is it that you can see daylight coming in from around the seal someplace? Or is it just stiff when you are opening it and get it to the 90 degree spot and gets loos again as you get it back to its 180 degree or the holdback?
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Old 08-06-2004, 05:50 PM   #4
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This may sound lik a dumb question, but exactly how do you know if your door is sprung? Is it that you can see daylight coming in from around the seal someplace? ?
John I can tell you for a fact that daylight may not be the deciding factor. I've seen at least two new Airstreams come from the factory with daylight leaks. Usually down on the lower corners.

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Old 08-06-2004, 06:07 PM   #5
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...I can tell you for a fact that daylight may not be the deciding factor. I've seen at least two new Airstreams come from the factory with daylight leaks. Usually down on the lower corners.......
As does mine - about 1/4" on the lower non-hinge corner.....just tightened up the lower hinge (installed DOUBLE lock nuts - the lower hinge only stayed tight for 8 months or so since the last "tightening"). The latch side vertical door/casing seam is straight.

What can I do about the air gap? Anyone?
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Old 08-08-2004, 10:56 PM   #6
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Checked mine out throughly today. Found it to just be stiff. Worked in some lubricant and it seems much better.
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