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Old 05-04-2012, 07:14 AM   #1
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Exterior door sags

I have a 2003 Classic 34. Recently we travelled over a fairly rough stretch of freeway and thereafter found that the when the exterior door is opened, it drops down about 1/8". When closing, it requires that the door be lifted to latch correctly. It doesn't seem to be sprung. If it was a cabinet door, I would immediately adjust the hinges.

The unit is currently level, stabilizers are set nicely.

I can see no obvious adjustments on the hinges without taking something apart, but advice beforehand is always better than after more damage is done.

Does anyone have an idea?

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Old 05-04-2012, 07:35 AM   #2
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Are you sure you don't have the stabilizers set so that the AS is in a bind? The shell is designed to flex and if you have the stabilizers cranked unequally, the door WILL bind. I have gotten a "feel" for the proper stabilizing after some time.

Try releasing the stabilizers completely off the ground and check the door fit.
If that is the issure, when you put down the stabilizers, count the number of degrees of rotation after the foot contacts the ground. Adjust all 4 equally. Note: it really doesn't take a lot of force to stabilize the trailer. I do 3/4 to 1 turn after contacting the ground. If it is soft soil, maybe more like 1.5 turns....then come back around with another 1/2 to 3/4 after a few hours and the feet settle more. I also use "legos" turned upside down on soft soil, and have the "pads" installed on the feet of the jacks.

If that's not the issue, let us know.


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Old 05-04-2012, 07:50 AM   #3

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Believe it or not this is how the Factory does it....CAREFULLY.


Airstream How To: Adjusting Trailer Main Doors - YouTube

Airstream How To: Installing Hinge Pin in Main Doors - YouTube
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Old 05-05-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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Wow. Simple. I found that indeed that the trailer was flexed because the front jack was elevated an extra amount to make the unit level. As I towed away, I checked the door and it was a perfect closure. I learn something new every day....
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