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Old 11-08-2013, 08:33 AM   #1
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Hi All,
We are having trouble with the top hinge pin on the front door coming out when we tow the AS. We've had it fixed by the AS dealer, but still it keeps inching out and has to be pounded back in every time we tow. Any suggestions on how to keep it in place?
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:36 AM   #2
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Hi All,
We are having trouble with the top hinge pin on the front door coming out when we tow the AS. We've had it fixed by the AS dealer, but still it keeps inching out and has to be pounded back in every time we tow. Any suggestions on how to keep it in place?
Drill a small hole through the hinge and the pin.

Then install a small "split pin" into that hole.

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Old 11-08-2013, 08:38 AM   #3
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In the later models the hinge pins come with a grove and keeper ring. Get the newer style hinge pin from Airstream to replace the original and your problem is gone.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:46 AM   #4
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The grooved pin, with e-clip is available through your AS dealer. About $20, IIRC. I got two, but have only installed the bottom one since that was the only one working it's way out. Top one is still tight. The grooved pin cures the issue and using locally procured 1/4" e-clips stacked in the hinge half gaps allows for precise door height adjustment. Keep well lubed with your favorite "dry lube".
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:05 AM   #5
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Red Loctite and stake the pin has worked for six Seasons.

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Old 11-08-2013, 09:08 AM   #6
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Red Loctite and stake the pin has worked for six Seasons.

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The previous owner of our AS had staked the pins like that also, no idea of course if he also used loctite. -

In any event we have now had the trailer for 5 years and the pins have not budged.

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Old 11-08-2013, 09:09 AM   #7
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Robert,

Staking and loctite worked for the top hinge, but the bottom hinge pin serrations had "wollered" the hinge hole too extensively for staking and loctite to work.

IMO, I would immediately change out the lifted pin with the new grooved pin. The re-staking, in my case, made the hinge look pretty "punched up" over several repair attempts.
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Old 11-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #8
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I covered this in a seminar last Alumapalooza. Using a #30 drill bit, drill into the top of the hinge into the hinge pin, roughly halfway through, from the front. Then tap a 1/8" roll pin into the hole. That will keep the pin from walking up out of the hinge. Cost? $.35
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Anybody got a picture of the roll pin repair technique?
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Tapped the pin back down,then I took a punch and tapped the outside edge surrounding the pin in three places to lock it down.Never moved again.
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Thank you all for your great options. I really appreciate all your help.
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Old 11-08-2013, 09:32 PM   #12
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Anybody got a picture of the roll pin repair technique?
I also did this at Alumalina. Next time I drill and pin one, I'll try to remember to snap a picture.
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That's great advice, Terry!
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