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Old 01-15-2004, 04:49 AM   #1
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The hinge on my Airstreamís entry door appears to be worn as I have to lift up on the door knob to get it to close properly. While I wonít know exactly what is worn until the hinge pin is removed, Iím hoping someone has an insight as to what to expect.

To remove the hinge pin, there appears to be one set screw in the middle of the hinge. After loosening it, I assume the hinge pin will need to be tapped out due to a mild force fit on one end or the other. Should the pin be removed from the top or bottom? What part of the hinge (body side, door side, or hinge pin) should I expect to see worn?

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Old 01-15-2004, 09:41 AM   #2
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If you have the single hinge like I do on my 67 Tradewind, the pin gets tapped down according the the po of my unit.
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Old 01-15-2004, 01:15 PM   #3
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After removing the set screw, the hinge pin should be removed by tapping it up from the bottom with a center punch or such.
I think Inland Andy has replacement pins.

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Old 01-15-2004, 01:18 PM   #4
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Well, now you've got two opinions. I'd call Airstream tech support with the year of trailer and they'll confirm for you. My po did and received the advice I shared. It is counterintuitive but that's what it was.
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Old 01-15-2004, 01:24 PM   #5
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Does only the pin wear?

The hinge pin LOOKS like it will come out either way. Is the pin the only thing that wears? I noticed Andy@InlandRV only lists a hinge pin on his web page, and not the whole hinge.

Not to say he doesn't sell one, but I'm wondering (before I take it apart) what to expect to find worn.

Thanks for the responses so far,
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Old 01-15-2004, 01:26 PM   #6
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I did not mean to contradict you. My reply was based on my own experience with a '60 Overlander hinge pin. You are quite correct in suggesting a call to an AS tech.

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Old 01-15-2004, 01:33 PM   #7
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No problem, don't mind a contradiction, I'm no expert. I remember being surprised when I was buying my trailer and talked to the po about the hinge. He said it was tough getting out (trying to push up) and he finally called Airstream and they said to push it down. Still doesn't make sense to me, you'd think it could fall out if the set screw loosen, but I was told the pin has a light bend to it that also keeps it tight. The only other thing I could think could be a problem is the actually rivets or bolts holding the hinge on. They could have loosened or stretched their "holes" so there is some play. North Dallas RV replaced my door because the frame was broken. You could call them as well for advice, they're listed on the AS site as a service center.
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In any event, the easiest solution might be to call Inland Andy on his toll free number (forgive me Andy).
I do recall seeing a post from him regarding replacement hinge pins.

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Entry Door Hinge

Tom, I'm having a the same problem on my '99 Limited. Did you contact Inland, North Dallas RV or Airstream for a solution?

It appears their should be shims or spacers too, is the slack due to wear?

I am anxious to know your ideas.black
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Old 01-26-2004, 06:10 PM   #10
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Hinge pins for a 1960 trailer are very different from a 1965 up to 1972.

The pins can wear from severe vibration when towing.

We have the replacement pin for the 65 to 72 trailers.

Doors, within reason, can also be adjusted to compensate for some hinge pin wear.

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Old 01-26-2004, 06:57 PM   #11
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We had occasion to visit N. Texas R.V. (Carrollton, TX) when looking for our new A/S (they are only an A/S service ctr. & not a dealer now). The owner has a vintage A/S that had hinge problems. His replacement was a custom heavy-duty hinge that would do any restoration afficinados proud. I would check them out.
p.s.- No I don't work for, or even remember his name!
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Thanks Andy (Inland RV), Ed & Debbie,

I'll contact North Dallas RV on Tuesday, Randy the service manager is very good and knowledgeable, I don't know why I didn't think to contact him first!
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Deferred for now

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I have not disassembled my door hinge. On closer examination, I can clearly see wear in the hinge independant of the pin. While the hinge pin may be worn, replacing it would not totally fix my problem.

I spoke with a machinist about bushing the hinge. He agreed it could be done, but only with the hinge removed from the door. While I can drill rivets with the best of them, I would rather have a highly qualified person reinstall the door.

I'll revisit the issue later. Good luck with your similar issue, and please post your results.

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How?

Andy, how do you make adjustment for worn hinges?
I see where a PO has slipped wire between the knuckles of the hinge to lift it. Can a "C" or "E" clip or jesus clip be used?

Thanks in advance.
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