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Old 08-27-2010, 08:25 AM   #1
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Hinge replacement

I need to replace the hinges on my 1973 Argosy 20'. I have searched and found that apparently you need to remove the inner door trim. My trim is a 1" solid piece that I don't see how to remove. Can anyone give me direction as to how to replace my hinges.


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Old 07-17-2011, 10:14 AM   #2
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Removing door hinge

I'm in the same predicament. I plan on removing the interior skin to access hinge nuts. I've replaced original refrigerator and will start new enclosure trim panel flush with door trim so any cutting or drilling of interior skin won't be visible. Hope to complete this work in the next six weeks.

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Old 07-17-2011, 10:33 AM   #3
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Hello fellow door people. I have an 1988 Excella and the hinge bolts were all rusty so thinking that the engineers at Airstream were smart and would put captive nuts on the inside (ha ha) I proceeded to remove them. The first one went great but the second one just started to spin. I thing you know the rest of the story. My inside trim is also one piece of extruded aluminum. To remove mine there are rivets on the edge that is covered when the door is closed and also rivets on the inside part that overlaps the inside skin. I had to vemove all the rivets around the entire door trim. When these rivets were removed the trim will be able to be removed. After the trim was removed I could pry the inside skin far enough away to get a tool in there to hold the nut so I could tighten up the bolt. So it sits with one nice and shinny bolt and three rust ones but all of them tight. Hope this helps.
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:44 AM   #4
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The interior door trim will just pry out. It is actually a T shape and is held in with clips.
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