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Old 10-30-2003, 03:28 PM   #1
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Keeping doors on the trailer

I've lost an access door on my '67 Tradewind driving down the road. On this vintage they're not hinged on, just locked on with a cam lock and sometimes the bounce out. Has anyone devised a way to keep these things on? I'm not opposed to bolting something else on if that what it takes and I've got some ideas. I'd like to hear if anyone has solved this on their trailers. Thanks.
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Old 10-30-2003, 03:36 PM   #2
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We haven't had an issue ourselves, but I have seen folks who have riveted a short chain on the inside of the door and compartment so it's not visible from the outside.

The only problem with this is if the door does come loose, then it's flapping around hitting the trailer.

Can you retrofit a better lock (with a longer tab) or add gasket material so the door fits tighter?

Good luck in whatever you decide to do...

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Old 10-30-2003, 03:47 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply Shari. I actually purchased plastic coated wire cable and sat down and started to rivet it on with connectors then realized the same thing. If the door comes off it flaps around and beats up the surrounding trailer and then probably drops off anyway so I canned that idea. I'm thinking of either cutting off the edge of the door that slips into the upper and lower grooves and reattaching with hinges or just riveting on a lock or another fastener or two on the outside. Wouldn't look as good but at least I wouldn't have to pay for anymore replacements.
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You could add additional tabs on the top/bootom(oppisite of the lock) that clip the door into the opening. Then once it is locked you would have 3 tabs that are holding it in the opening. These could be riveted to the inside and would not show.

In my mind I envision these to look just like the tab on the back of the lock, only fixed to the door.
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good idea

Thanks for the idea. I'll go this weekend and take a close look at it and see about making that work. I really appreciate the idea, I had not thought about that one. I'll have to figure out how to get tabs on top and bottom. The cam lock/tab is on the bottom and obviously has to move out of the way to close the hatch. If I put fixed tabs on the bottom I'm not sure if I can get it shut but I'll play with it this weekend. Thanks again.
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If the cam lock is on the bottom then I would add the tabs to the top. You could also then lengthen the tab on the cam lock.
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Maybe you could rivet a piano hinge to the door, turn it so it opens downwards, ( like a tailgate), rivet the hinge to the trailer, and add the insulated wire to keep it in place when opened.
The locking tab would have to go to the top.
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