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Old 04-16-2008, 10:51 PM   #1
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Main Door Handle Breaking

We have a 84 31' Excella and the main door handle is beginning to break. Anyone know where I can get a replacement handle. Local dealer suggested replacing the whole mechanism with a newer different size version. We would like to keep this lock and handle working.

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Old 04-17-2008, 09:28 PM   #2
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Inland RV has the replacement handles.

Airstream Innovations at Inland RV Center, Inc. (951) 734-8130


There is some slight modification needed to the door frame and trimming of the templates to get the new handle/lock to fit properly inside the door and to the door frame.

The old handle/lock is slightly larger than the replacement and will leave a hole that is too big in your door....thus the templates for inside and out.
Take out the old handle/lock from the door. You will notice the hole is too big for the new unit, AND the new unit has the dead bolt in the door handle.
Slightly modify the door frame to accept the deadbolt and new striker plate.
Trim the template aluminum pieces to fit under the midline rail.
Remember you can always trim a little more, but it impossible to add aluminum back on after it is cut off. <smile>

Installation takes a couple of hours unlesss you are skilled with sheet metal work and have ALL the right tools, then maybe you can install faster. Once installed, a few Olymic rivits to the templates and some Vulkem will seal things up nicely.

I like the new door handle on my 84 Excella 31 footer....I bet you will too.
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Old 04-18-2008, 12:16 AM   #3
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Thanks -

I will go there when this one breaks. I have enough other things to fix first.

I enjoyed your Moab pictures. I did a workshop with Moose Peterson there a few years ago.

Your delicate arch picture is very nice. Did you go to Dead Horse Overlook or point for a sunset? ANother awesome place for shots.

I appreciate the help.

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Old 04-18-2008, 12:28 AM   #4
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Tom, Thanks for the kind words on the pics.
I was at Dead Horse Point State Park during the monsoon season, and the shot I took from there is in a panorama on page 3 of the flickr site, (large version link below)
Flickr Photo Download: Dead Horse Point, UT

There was a t-storm in progress over the canyon in the distance. I thought it turned out pretty nice. This is actually the center cut of a 270 degree panorama. in the full pano you can actually identify the curvature of the earth.

My door handle began cracking in the pot metal on my trip to Hovenweep last Summer. By the time I got home, I was having to open the door with a screwdriver. The replacement handle is much nicer.
If you would like, I can try to take a shot of the replacement handle as it appears today, installed, and post here.
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Old 02-15-2010, 12:24 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 03-27-2010, 06:07 PM   #6
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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 finished installing one of John's stainless steel handles. It is a very nice piece of work and installation is not difficult. He furnished good instructions.

My handle had only begun to crack, but failure was inevitable sometime in the future. It's nice to get something done proactively vs. reactively.

Forgive the blobs of Alcoa Gutterseal around the lock. I went to get my MEK to cleanup and found that I was out. I'll cleanup better in a few days. Right now I am glad to be done today and inside out of the nearly gale force winds.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:56 PM   #7
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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.
John

I would like to get one of the door handles. I will measure ours tomorrow to make sure it is a fit and send you measurements but I am guessing it will be. How much do you want for one and do you have any made up. There is no hurry but I started this thread and would like to have the door fixed before we start a big trip in mid summer.

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Old 07-06-2010, 08:46 PM   #8
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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.
John, I would like to buy one of your stainless steel replacement handles for my 1978 Excella 500. Please furnish me with more information on price, shipping and exact size. I bought one many years ago and replaced a broken one and now that one is broken. Thanks for making it available!!

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Trying to contact John Burkey of Mogadore, Ohio. Need handle for 84 Sovereign before I am locked in or out. A Newby
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Trying to contact John Burkey of Mogadore, Ohio. Need handle for 84 Sovereign before I am locked in or out. A Newby
I PM'd you John's contact info including email.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:40 PM   #11
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Dear john, Would like to buy one of your door handles. My e-mail is clickthelinks@comcast.net Thanks Curt
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Old 04-23-2011, 01:21 PM   #12
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John, I need a door handle as well for my 79 AS trailer. My e-mail is gentrychris95@yahoo.com
I tried to PM you but it would not let me cause I am a new member

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John, I need a door handle as well for my 79 AS trailer. My e-mail is gentrychris95@yahoo.com
I tried to PM you but it would not let me cause I am a new member

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Hi Chris,

I emailed John your contact info so he should be in touch.

Welcome to the forums. I'm just southeast of Little Rock near Wrightsville. Good to have another member in the area.
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Old 05-02-2011, 11:39 AM   #14
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John,

Please send info on how I can get a handle for my 86 Excella 32 footer. Look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.
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