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Old 08-06-2011, 04:21 AM   #15
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Thanks John,
You did a great job on making the exterior door handle for my 1986 Sovereign.

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Old 07-21-2012, 04:07 AM   #16
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I need a new handle as well. Left a PM for John, awaiting reply.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:49 PM   #17
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Need new handle!

Hi John...are you still making entry door handles? We have a 31 foot 1983 Airstream travel trailer with a broken entry handle (big surprise). How much do you charge for the replacement? Also, there is a crack on the inner plate around the inside handle. Have you had anyone ask about a replacement or repair for that? Thank you! Kim
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Old 03-31-2013, 10:09 AM   #18
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Sometimes it is not the handle

... but the tabs on the internal slider plate that pulls the bolt back.

I ordered one of John's handles - a work of art... but it is the wrong dimensions for my 1988 Excella. I also ordered the entire mechanism with filler plates just in case.

While stressing over whether or not to bite the bullet and do the new lock mod I took apart the original lock and determined that the protuding tangs on the door handle were OK, they simply had nothing to make contact and pull the bolt back.

See picture... obviously the metal tabs are gone. Look to either side of the oval hole in the middle. The irregularities in the squarish holes are evidence something was there.

I would have had my neighborhood "metal magician" weld on new tabs but he was off in the Baja racing his buggy so I had to get creative, at least temporarily.

Just above the square holes is barely enough room to put replacement tabs of sorts. I could have used some small angle brackets, but opted for a pair of 1/4" hex standoffs.

I removed the plate, drilled and countersunk (on the back side) holes for flathead 6-32 screws. Mounted the standoffs of the front side - tah-dah! Good as new.

Apparently I do not have pics of the disassembly, drilling, etc. but a pic of the final result as seen from the handle-view.

I hope, if you can get it all apart, you can figure out what I did.

Replacement plates may not be too difficult to make - if you can find someone will to take the time to probably laser or water-jet cut all the holes, etc. but I think welding on a new stainless tab may be cheaper, quicker and easier.

This does not help the possibility that my handle will eventually break
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Old 08-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #19
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Hi John,

I need a new door handle for my 1983 Limited. Please send me contact information.

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Old 08-08-2013, 06:49 PM   #20
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I have been making the Keeler brass door handles on a limited basis. I don't have any at the moment but that may change. PM me if you want details.

Here is a related thread.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...dle-87188.html

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Old 08-09-2013, 06:27 PM   #21
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Hi John,

I need a new door handle for my 1983 Limited. Please send me contact information.

Tony

Hi Tony, Yes I have a stainless handle that may fit your limited. The handle should fit trailers 1978 to 1993 but there are a few exceptions. The easiest way to tell is the size of the handle - mine is 2" wide x 4" high. if you could verify this we can go from there. Contact me at j.boxmaker@sbcglobal.net.

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Old 01-20-2014, 02:40 PM   #22
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Hello,

Just to let yoy guys know, I make a stainless steel replacement handle for 1978 to 1993 entry door. I made the first one for me and decided to make it available to others.
I just replaced my broken handle with one of John's stainless replacements. Excellent workmanship plus dummy-proof instructions. Thank-You John. Sal
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Old 03-30-2014, 02:05 PM   #23
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Hi John,

Our handle just broke here and we'd be interested in one of yours.

I'm at nickglase@gmail.com .

Thanks,

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Old 07-13-2014, 12:51 PM   #24
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I also need a paddle handle for my 1978 Excella 500 how do I get in touch? My e-mail is bajabill@digis.net
Thanks in advance.
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Old 07-13-2014, 01:19 PM   #25
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Ours broke in Jan. we got in touch with John Burkey. His e-mail address is j.boxmaker@scbglobal.net. If you don't get a response PM him. Noreen


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FYI - none of the available handle/lock replacements fit or seemed suitable for our 88 Excella, of which the problem was NOT the handle itself but the two 90 degree tabs on the slider plate inside the mechanism - the ones the tangs on the handle contact and slide against to pull the mechanism/bolt back.

My fix, as a quicker/easier option than having two new tabs fabricated and welded onto the plate, was to screw on two 1/4" metal standoff blocks onto the plate where the tabs were, countersinking a flat head screw on the backside of the plate. The handle tangs have adequate contact area to pull on the standoffs and shift the plate/mechanism freely. I dare saw the standoffs probably aren't going to bend or break off before the tangs on the handle do, for which there is no fitting replacement, close, but not usable.

I may have pictures someplace.
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Old 07-14-2014, 01:24 PM   #27
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Here is a thread where a guy made a new plate with the tabs on it. I think he did a real good job with it.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f453...ck-122041.html

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Old 07-21-2014, 07:12 AM   #28
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Although I'd highly recommend John's handles (they look superior), I ended up buying interior and exterior hardware from the OEM manufacturer, TriMark. These parts are discontinued but many of them are still available for purchase via ebay.

These fit my 1988 345 motor home:

Trimark Door Handle And Lock Assembly 11298-35-RH (interior side lock and latch)
TriMark series 030-0450 / part number is: 11812-37 (exterior latch)
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