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Old 05-08-2007, 01:01 PM   #1
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At last my 1976 Tradewind Land Yacht has finally arrived at Southampton dock in the UK.
The shipping was bad enough (it was lost in transit for 3 weeks).
When I picked it up the door was locked with the keys inside!
Can anyone help please.
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Old 05-08-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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Bummer!

Oftentimes, one of the exterior compartment doors can be removed and a small adult or child can crawl through to retrieve the keys. These compartments usually open up to the underside of the bed or a cabinet so you can have access pretty easily.

Otherwise a trip to a good locksmith may be in order ~

Good luck...and congratulations on your "new" trailer!

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I have heard that Andy at Inland RV will tell folks how to get into their trailers without breaking anything.

Send him a PM.
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Old 05-08-2007, 02:24 PM   #4
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At last my 1976 Tradewind Land Yacht has finally arrived at Southampton dock in the UK.
The shipping was bad enough (it was lost in transit for 3 weeks).
When I picked it up the door was locked with the keys inside!
Can anyone help please.
How do you lose something like that?
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Old 05-08-2007, 03:58 PM   #5
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At last my 1976 Tradewind Land Yacht has finally arrived at Southampton dock in the UK.
The shipping was bad enough (it was lost in transit for 3 weeks).
When I picked it up the door was locked with the keys inside!
Can anyone help please.
Call me at 1-951-7348130 for the entry information.

I will not post it here since the information could be used by the wrong person.

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Old 05-08-2007, 04:59 PM   #6
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Wow,

We could of used this information last year in Yosemite! Nothing like sitting in the car all night looking at a nice cozy Airstream that we had locked ourselves out of. Not to mention the 2 mile hike into Groveland to find a locksmith! (I am hoping that one day I can look back and smile at that experience...) :-)

We learned our lesson about keeping a spare!

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Old 05-08-2007, 05:09 PM   #7
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Locked out

We were locked out of our 69' Overlander and we had the key. We tried turning the key several times and nothing happened. Finally, in desperation I pushed the door in as I turned the key and "Voila" the lock clicked open. So I am thinking that the way the trailer is sitting on the ground or how level it is can cause the lock to bind.....not sure that is what happened but we got in anyway....pj
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Old 05-08-2007, 05:16 PM   #8
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We were locked out of our 69' Overlander and we had the key. We tried turning the key several times and nothing happened. Finally, in desperation I pushed the door in as I turned the key and "Voila" the lock clicked open. So I am thinking that the way the trailer is sitting on the ground or how level it is can cause the lock to bind.....not sure that is what happened but we got in anyway....pj
Your lock out, is not uncommon.

It is caused by the lock striker bolt that has a deep groove cut into it. When you push in on the door, that groove then will not hang up.

The groove is caused by lack of proper running gear balance.

The fix?

The striker bolt must be replaced and possibly the striker pocket as well. The striker pocket for a 1969, is cast nylon. We have the original mold for that part. Some owners installed a metal striker plate, that also causes the groove.

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I am not sure what a striker plate and striker bolt are. Can you explain it a little more. What do those pieces cost? pj
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I am not sure what a striker plate and striker bolt are. Can you explain it a little more. What do those pieces cost? pj

The striker plate is fastened to the door jamb. The door jamb is riveted to the trailer shell.

The striker bolt, is the part of the lock that engages the striker plate. It's also the part of the lock that goes in and out of the lock as you turn the knob.

The original mold that made the striker bolts is now broken. That mold was owned by a companmy other than Airstream.

Airstream then had a new mold created by someone else.

The cost of the new long shank striker bolt for the L-100 lock will be about $50.00, as the cost has quadrupled. Likewise, the cost of the complete L-100 special, will also very shortly increase.

We have the new striker bolts on order, but have not seen the as yet.

We are prepared to have them machined locally, just in case we feel we can have a better bolt than Airstream can provide.

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happen to me one time, i just pecked the hinge pins out and took the door off.
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happen to me one time, i just pecked the hinge pins out and took the door off.
Look at all the time you spent doing that, instead of enjoying a cool one, or maybe two.

The proper way will allow you to be inside the trailer, in less than 60 seconds, guaranteed.

No, you don't break a window either.

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only took me 60 seconds.
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Andy,

You are a pro! Thanks for the help today. Will be calling to order the Bargman replacement kit soon.

Best,

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