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Old 06-25-2011, 06:36 PM   #1
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Need a Little Privacy?? - PLEASE!!

For a long time I’ve been scheming for a simple way to lock the sliding bathroom door on my 2003 ASCL 31 foot. Scheming complete, the following is my “locking pin” solution with photos:

1/8” brass rod
1/8” drill bit
Hack saw
400 grit emery paper
Mother’s aluminum / magnesium polish
First, measure twice, drill once so as to NOT go through the door on the hall side!
That being said, I cut the brass rod to a working length of about 12”.
I then rounded the rod end so that it would easily insert into a 1/8” hole drilled into the bathroom wall and TIGHTLY CLOSED door just below where the plastic “travel” strap anchors (mark the drill bit with tape just short of wall/door depth to assure non-penetration of the door on the hall side.
With a vice and large round rod of suitable diameter bend the 1/8” brass rod into a loop around the large rod such that from the rear of the loop to the end of the rod is about 3”. Cut off excess 1/8” rod in a cosmetic way; twist the loop into the same plane as the rod; cut off and file the excess; wet sand with 400 grit wet/dry emery paper and polish off the whole thing with Mother’s aluminum / magnesium polish.
Punch a hole in the loop end of the door “travel” strap and insert the locking pin through the strap loop and into the pin loop for hanging convenience when not in use.
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Old 06-25-2011, 06:38 PM   #2
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That's quite clever
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Neat! However, if the door is closed.....how is privacy compromised? You must have kids running around...
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Neat! However, if the door is closed.....how is privacy compromised? You must have kids running around...
No little kids, only my sons (22 & 26) and their friends. The problem is when the bathroom is being used during the day (no light seen under the door), unless there is some sound coming from it when another person wants/needs to use it, there is nothing to stop them from just sliding the door open thinking that the last to use it just closed it, as it is normally kept closed so as not to heat or cool it; and no one likes to be inadvertently "exposed".
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Get over it! If someone sees something they have never seen before, they can scream!!!
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Clever idea.. ours is a pass through.. so I need two of them!

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Get over it! If someone sees something they have never seen before, they can scream!!!
My older son's girl friend traveled with my younger son and me to meet him at Ft. Leonardwood last August; had to be careful; don't like to have to be careful.
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Hi, that is a great idea; I can't believe that Airstream didn't think to put a latch on the bathroom door. [actually I can believe it]
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Or they might appreciate it. Sal.
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Hi, that is a great idea; I can't believe that Airstream didn't think to put a latch on the bathroom door. [actually I can believe it]
The door design doesn't really lend itself to the installation of a "normal" interior latch. I spent some time at Home Depot trying to visualize adapting off the shelf designs to no avail; had to become creative.
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Shame the kids never learned to knock.

You can cure them by making a point of barging in on their "privacy".

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Shame the kids never learned to knock.

You can cure them by making a point of barging in on their "privacy".

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Awww, two wrongs DO make a right?

I would hazard a guess that with very few exceptions the bathrooms in all homes have doors that lock; therefore most people ASSume if the bathroom is occupied the door will be locked. Also, as previously stated, I keep the bathroom door closed to minimize the cooling and heating load so a closed door does not signify bathroom usage.

If all bathroom doors never had locks Im sure there would be a whole lot of knocking going on.
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