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Old 10-26-2006, 12:17 AM   #15
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I had the same thing happen on my 64. Just put new weather striping on...key went in wouldn't turn.

I tapped out the door hinge pins, removed the entire door, disassembled the lock from inside.

The springs in the lock cylinder that push against the tumblers were smashed and bent. I bought a new house door lock and switched out the tumbler springs. Works like new lock.

I also drilled the hinges and pins, inserted and bent cotter pins to make it MUCH harder for someone to remove the door.

It was -10F at the time.
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Old 10-26-2006, 01:42 AM   #16
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Yep, take the door off. It literally takes 60 seconds. I've had mine off and and on a million times trying to re-shape it.

I did not have the problem you're experiencing after replaing my weatherstripping.

I did remove my door lock to replace the lock cylinder and clean and lube the insides. If you do take it all apart do it on a clean bench so you can save all the parts that pop off ;-) There are two little bearings that seem to jump out.

There is also a spring that holds the handle down when not being used. It is proably rusted and broken. It's possible it could have gotten into something and jaming the lock. If you have not replaced the cylinder yet, might be a good time while your rebuilding it. VTS has them, as I'm sure you know.

I need a source for that spring in the L77 if anyone has a lead.

Good luck getting your lock reliable. To me that's very important as its your home when away from home!
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Old 10-26-2006, 02:49 AM   #17
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Just bought our 86 Soverign. Took it on a trip and on the way home, tried to open door and handle broke. Was able to open door with screwdriver the rest of the way home (happened on weekend and parts was not open at dealerships) but now that we are home, cannot get door open. Any suggestions on how to get insider trailer?
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Old 10-26-2006, 08:05 AM   #18
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Just bought our 86 Soverign. Took it on a trip and on the way home, tried to open door and handle broke. Was able to open door with screwdriver the rest of the way home (happened on weekend and parts was not open at dealerships) but now that we are home, cannot get door open. Any suggestions on how to get insider trailer?
Go back out on another trip! lol:

Maybe you have your trailer parked where the door is in a slight bind?
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Old 10-26-2006, 08:15 AM   #19
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Hello all,

I've replaced the weather stripping on my door jam of my '59 TW yesterday and that went great. I've been in and out several times and locked it last night. When I got home today I unlocked it, checked out the weather stripping, and locked it again. When back out just now and the key goes into the lock but I can not even begin to turn the key. I used weather stripping from VTS and it cleared the door latch with no problem so I don't it is part of the problem. I think it's a problem with the lock itself. Any ideas on unlocking it? If all else fails can the pins be taken out and the door removed easily.
If you have a wide (maybe 2" or more) wood chisel, so that it won't bend the door jamb or door edge, you might try inserting it between the door and the jamb right above or below the lock bolt, and then try prying the two apart. It is possible that one or the other side, maybe both, will flex enough for the door to pop open. Just go very slow and carefully. You can tell if damage is emminent before the door comes open if it is going to.
The pins can, in fact, be knocked out. Some of the hinges must be drilled first, and then the pins knocked out. They will most likely be stuck from electrolysis, but a big enough hammer and determination will budge them.

If it were mine, I would try 30 minutes or more of key wiggling, push/pulling on the door all in concert with handle shaking. Perserverance pays much dividends. The next would be the prying method. The last would be the pin knock out.
Good luck.
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Old 10-26-2006, 09:26 AM   #20
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This happened to me last spring. There was a pin in the lock that broke. I got in by taking the hinge out of the door, the promptly fixed the lock.
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Old 12-18-2006, 03:43 PM   #21
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call a locksmith. it is easy, quick,don't break your back taking the door apart,or the window! i had a trap door on my play pen,best days of my life.
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