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Old 12-12-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Exterior door hinge pin

I just noticed that my exterior door, top hinge pin is sticking up approx. 1/2" (and it's splined). Any ideas on the best way to proceed to get it reseated? I started tapping on it (gently) and felt immediate resistance.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:31 PM   #2
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Use flat tip punch and tap it back down until it is just below the surface (1/8 of a inch).
This is normally due to rough road travel,pulling it with a hd tow vehicle or out of balance running gear on the trailer.
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Old 12-12-2014, 03:35 PM   #3
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So it's ok to hammer that splined pin back in (with a punch)?
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Old 12-12-2014, 05:15 PM   #4
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I'd place a piece of plywood strategically to protect the AS skin as you bang it in. That's how the dealer fixed ours. Just be careful.


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Old 12-13-2014, 01:48 PM   #5
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I had the same problem with my 07 25 footer.
I used a rubber mallet to hammer it back in place.
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Old 12-13-2014, 03:39 PM   #6
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Do a search on "HINGE PIN" and you'll get lots of info, including a replacement pin with "E-clip" retainers. Just driving it down will guarantee it happening again. You can stake it in place, but it was ineffective for me.
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Old 12-13-2014, 04:20 PM   #7
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Use flat tip punch and tap it back down until it is just below the surface (1/8 of a inch).
This is normally due to rough road travel,pulling it with a hd tow vehicle or out of balance running gear on the trailer.
Or just poor design...

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Or just poor design...

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And redesigned. Get a set of new style hinge pins with the slot and keeper ring.
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Old 12-13-2014, 06:47 PM   #9
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Thanks, and that's what I'm doing - new pins with the retainers.
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Old 12-13-2014, 10:44 PM   #10
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After tapping the hinge pin down on my 06 Classic about twenty times I took it to Rod at C&J Trailer in LA. He tapped it down again then drilled th door hinge and pin. Installed a river and it has been food for two years.
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Staked & secured with red Loctite when the hinge was re-finished 7yrs ago.


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Staked & secured with red Loctite when the hinge was re-finished 7yrs ago.


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Mine was staked the same way Bob's are when I bought our trailer - used - about 7 years ago. We have towed it over 30,000 miles since then, and the pins have never moved.

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Drove mine down and staked and the problem never arose again.
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Old 12-14-2014, 11:19 AM   #14
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Mine was apparently (bottom hinge only) rotating with the door and wollered out the body half of the hinge where the grip is at the top of the pin . Driving back down, staking AND loctiting, was ineffective. On this application, as well as automotive "exposed" hinges (vans), I am a big believer in full floating hinge pins with mechanical retainers. I only replaced the bottom one on the AS, as the top one is still fine...but the second "e-clip" pin is in my travel parts bag.

I also got a supply of 1/4" e-clips to better support, and adjust the height of, the door. As built, only one hinge was supporting the full weight of the door. By using the e-clips as spacers, door height and more equal load bearing is achieved.


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