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Old 11-12-2005, 12:43 PM   #1
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Question Hinge pin problem-'96 Excella

Having trouble with the entry door lower hinge on my recently acquired '96 28' Excella trailer. The hinge pin creeps upward with use. I have tried driving it back into the hinge with a "persuader", but the splines at the top are not gripping. Additionally, one of the phillips head screws that attach the hinge body to the trailer is loose. It just spins when tightened. It is either spinning in a blind tapped hole or a locknut on the inside is loose. So, it looks like I may need a new hinge. The P.O. had this problem worked on at a dealership, but they obviously did not fix the root cause of the problem. How to change it?
Attached are some photos of the hinge and the area around it. How do you get access to the inside without too much demolition? Same for the door?
Thanks for any advice.
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Old 11-12-2005, 01:51 PM   #2
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Having trouble with the entry door lower hinge on my recently acquired '96 28' Excella trailer. The hinge pin creeps upward with use. I have tried driving it back into the hinge with a "persuader", but the splines at the top are not gripping. Additionally, one of the phillips head screws that attach the hinge body to the trailer is loose. It just spins when tightened. It is either spinning in a blind tapped hole or a locknut on the inside is loose. So, it looks like I may need a new hinge. The P.O. had this problem worked on at a dealership, but they obviously did not fix the root cause of the problem. How to change it?
Attached are some photos of the hinge and the area around it. How do you get access to the inside without too much demolition? Same for the door?
Thanks for any advice.
Oh, that's an easy one. Knock the pin back where it belongs, and drill through both the hinge and the pin, then insert a roll pin in the hole. Problem solved. Roll pins come in an assortment from your friendly auto parts store for about $4 for a box of 50 of various sizes.
It is cheaper than a hinge, and a whole lot less trouble than replacing the hinge, to boot.
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Old 11-12-2005, 06:08 PM   #3
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Dave, click on this link http://www.airforums.com/forum...ght=hinge+nick
and go to post #4, and you will see the method I used to deal with the rotating setscrew in the hinge.
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Smile Another thought from previous thread perhaps loctite?

This thread, post 11, recommends loctite might be a consideration.
http://www.airforums.com/forum...ement-268.html
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Old 11-14-2005, 08:40 AM   #5
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Smile Thanks for the hinge advice

Thanks for all the input on the hinge problem.
I think I'll try the locktite first, since if it fails, I can always
try the roll pin later. The difficult part of the roll pin installation is drilling the small diameter hole without breaking the drill bit off! (The voice of experience)

I was afraid that accessing the nuts for the hinge mount would involve
surgery. The electrical box cap idea sounds like a good solution for covering
the holes.
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You now have three oprions:
the quick fix (loctite)
the direct approach (drill and roll pin)
and the Right Way (replace the hinge)
Let us know which way winds up being a more-or-less permanent cure.
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Update on the hinge pin:
I found a solution that has held up for several months now. I drilled and tapped a #10-24 hole from above next to the hinge pin. I then inserted a socket head cap screw with a washer (both stainless) that overlapped the top of the hinge pin. No problems since.
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