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Old 02-26-2006, 06:43 AM   #1
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nubie here-can anyone explain to me how this little screen door holder comes apart?--I think it must come apart so that I can re-rivit it back onto the door--tanks--jim from mich[71 safari]--the spring needs to be replaced as well
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:25 PM   #2
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what?--nobody knows?

someone has taken this device apart Im sure of it!--are these only on the 70s trailers?-jim
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Old 02-26-2006, 06:32 PM   #3
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Ok ok...
Here's what you need. The old ones do not come apart, at least mine did not.
There's a replacement kit available from Airstream.
InlandRV has it, too.

http://www.inlandrv.com/parts/18777-latch.jpg
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Old 02-27-2006, 06:32 AM   #4
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thank you uwe--Ive been obsessed with the mechanics of this original one! I had not checked around for a replacement til I had consulted the forum tubers and had exhausted that avenue-I appreciate you doing it uwe--tanks-jim from mich
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Old 02-27-2006, 10:36 PM   #5
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Ok ok...
Here's what you need. The old ones do not come apart, at least mine did not.
There's a replacement kit available from Airstream.
InlandRV has it, too.

http://www.inlandrv.com/parts/18777-latch.jpg
That must be a new model because it does not look like what was on my '77 Excella or my '86 Sovereign. My Sovereign had an aluminum outside cover over the first parts shown here and the Excella parts consisted of a black rectangular base, a spring and then the outside unit just snapped into place. The parts you have displayed should seperate with a little work.
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Old 02-27-2006, 11:16 PM   #6
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Check out this link:
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As far as I know, all of the latches that look like the one in your picture are the same. It takes a lot of force, but they will come apart!

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Old 03-22-2006, 08:06 PM   #7
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Mystery solved

the disassembly of this latch has been discovered

they said it could not be done

before the eyes of this austere group it is reveiled

behold!

[please forgive the crummy pics

while fully retracting the latch insert knife between the two parts and lift or twist-the top will pop up and all will be reveiled!! As you can see the grooves do not run continously from one side to the other-there is a gap in the middle that allows this separation to take place--

it is with great joy that I now can reattach this wonderous little 35 year old device to my most loved safari--And andy of indland rv will not be getting 20 bucks for a new one ----------jim from mich
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And as you can see there wasnt a spring in this latch-the PO probly had it apart and didnt re insert it-I wonder if a ballpoint pen spring will work?--jim
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Thanks for the education. I've tried to get those things off to replace several times and gave up. Now - how about a lesson in the radio antenna bracket. I want to remove the one on my '65 Tradewind, but it appears to be held on with machine screws with the nuts rusted on because they turn but do not loosen. There is no provision to get at the nuts from the interior. I'm tempted to cut the thick rubber gasket out to get at the screws with a hacksaw, but have not worked up the nerve. Any suggestions???
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