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Old 08-11-2010, 04:34 PM   #1
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Locked out of a 1991 34ft Classic

My trailer is a "60th Anniversary Edition", 1991 34 ft Classic. Last week while parked at a campground 500 miles from home, the latch gave up and I was locked out. Luckily I had a window open, so crawled in and disassembled the lock from the inside.

The question is, what do I do now? I'd rather not alter the door for a replacement that doesn't quite fit... is the OEM part available? Is there a way to repair the old lock? I don't even really know what went wrong with it but the latch would not retract. Any help is appreciated!

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My trailer is a "60th Anniversary Edition", 1991 34 ft Classic. Last week while parked at a campground 500 miles from home, the latch gave up and I was locked out. Luckily I had a window open, so crawled in and disassembled the lock from the inside.

The question is, what do I do now? I'd rather not alter the door for a replacement that doesn't quite fit... is the OEM part available? Is there a way to repair the old lock? I don't even really know what went wrong with it but the latch would not retract. Any help is appreciated!

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Unfortunately, the company that made your lock, is history.

Therefor no parts.

It's basically slightly modify the door, or buy a new door with a newer style lock.

I assure you, a lock kit costs far less than a new door.

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...The question is, what do I do now?...

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yeah thats the question,

but without a photo of the latch, we b guessing at the part or issue.

have u opened the mechanicals yet?

a/s changed primary oem latch mechanicals recently...

after the long used version was discontined.

they announced this and gave folks the chance to BUY the old stock.

so contact a dealer or the company store.

cheers
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Andy - what kind of modification is necessary? I'm only moderately handy when it comes to aluminum...

2air - any ideas on where to look for the part if still available?

Thanks!
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Andy - what kind of modification is necessary? I'm only moderately handy when it comes to aluminum...

2air - any ideas on where to look for the part if still available?

Thanks!
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You have to install, with rivets, 2 adapter plates, since the replacement lock is smaller than the original.

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Andy do you know offhand what the dimensions of the newer, smaller unit are?
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Had a similar thing happen on our '94 30' Excella 1000. Took the lock apart, found the broken part, used JB Weld from Wally Mart to rejoin the part, and haven't had a problem since.

Would that work for you?

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SSChanger - what part was broken? I'm fairly mechanical but know nothing about these locks...
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Old 08-12-2010, 03:43 PM   #9
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If the latch broke like the one pictured below what I did was grind a 45 degree angle on the latch side and on the plate side that pulls the latch and welded them together.

If you weld it together you will most likely create a bump above the level of the plate. First idea would be to grind it smooth. Don't fit thing back together and you will see where you need to remove material from the cover plate to allow clearance for the weld. The cover plate has no function other than to hold the lock together and you can cut it away without any problem.

Mine broke at 95 degrees while headed south last summer. Strapped the door closed and kept on going. If it works for Jed Clampet it will work for me.
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This picture shows the point of failure, at the tip of the green tie wrap. Once welded you have to grind material from the cover plate to allow the weld to pass under the original plate and let the latch contact the strike.
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Ball park, 3 1/2" X 4 1/2".

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Thanks for the dimensions Andy - I'll measure the lock on my door and see how much off it is, that will help me decide what to do.

HowieE - I think that is exactly where mine broke, exactly the same problem. I will look into getting it welded as an option too.

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The part broken on mine was the bottom pin on one of the door handles. It went back together with JB Weld and has worked fine for about a year now. I'll see if I can disassemble and post a picture for you this weekend.
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I repaired our lock with the same "fix" that HowieE did........4 years ago.....great so far!
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