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Old 07-18-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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Need Plastic Cover for Screen Door 1973 31'

I have search the net and this forum for repalcement part for screen door. Anyone have a source for the plastic slide on the OEM screen door, about 4 1/2 " by 4 1/2"

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Old 07-18-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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If you mean the piece that you slide to access the door handle, I purchased one from InlandRV a couple of years ago for my '75 Argosy. I was replacing a pretty good original that had turned yellow with age but stll useable. I think I kept the old one but won't be able to look before tomorrow. If I can find it I'll post a picture. If it's the right piece and you want it - it's your for the postage. Let me know if you're interested.

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Old 07-18-2008, 05:15 PM   #3
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Inland Rv has em Just order on line or call em.
I need to order one also,mine is MIA
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Old 07-18-2008, 06:38 PM   #4
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How bout aluminum?

Didn't these things used to be made of hammered aluminum?
Seems it would be not that hard to make one like that, if you had a friend in the sheet metal biz..

Seems the originals had a recesed finger slot, that would take special set up but why wouldn't a cabinet knob or pull work instead?
Where can one buy that hammered aluminum?
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:14 AM   #5
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Here is a picture of the used one I have. It measures about 5.75 inches tall and 6.5 inches across. Like I said, if you think it's what you're looking for and you want it, you can have it for the postage. Just sent me a private message with your address or post it here.

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Old 07-19-2008, 11:19 AM   #6
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Didn't these things used to be made of hammered aluminum?
Seems it would be not that hard to make one like that, if you had a friend in the sheet metal biz..

Seems the originals had a recesed finger slot, that would take special set up but why wouldn't a cabinet knob or pull work instead?
Where can one buy that hammered aluminum?
My 73 had a plastic slider. MY 71 has hammered aluminum on a hinge.
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Old 08-04-2008, 12:37 PM   #7
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Screen door Latch

Can some one please take a picture of the latch that secures the screen door to the main door. My latch is missing. Not sure how it went on. Thanks Mike 72 sov. 31ft.
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Old 08-04-2008, 01:15 PM   #8
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Charles12 they should be available from any Airstream Dealer and some of the universal ones available from any RV store can be cut down to fit. FWIW I get a lot of my parts from Out-of-Doors Mart in Colfax, NC. They do have an online store and will accept phone orders too.

Mike,
The latch piece you need is NLA as far as I know. I fixed mine for a bit by using a piece of velcro. The better solution is to buy the stainless steel slide bolt used on the later models and either shim it up to catch the screen door, or rivet/weld a small angle tab on the screen door.

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this post might be of some help.

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f239...tch-42829.html
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Old 08-04-2008, 04:34 PM   #10
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I almost reposted that myself. I made the slider out of aluminum flashing and slipped it in there, and bent the ends back for tabs. Actually I folded the ends so they wouldn't be sharp and would be a little stronger, first. Then I slipped it in and bent the tabs back. It works really well except I have to remember to open the slider when I close the outside door or it will get bent and I will have to make another one, which is irritating, but it takes about 15 minutes so is not too much of a problem. I made my own slider because all the ones I found at RV dealers were too big, even cut down, for my screen door. If yours is a standard size, you can find them at any RV supply.

As for the catch that fastens the screen door to the outside door, mine is just a black slider fastened on the inside of the door, which catches the screen when it is opened. They are spring loaded. I have seen these on doors of wrecked Airsteams at Colaws. I can take a picture later if you would like.
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As for the catch that fastens the screen door to the outside door, mine is just a black slider fastened on the inside of the door, which catches the screen when it is opened. They are spring loaded. I have seen these on doors of wrecked Airsteams at Colaws. I can take a picture later if you would like.
That is what was on mine, they are NLA and all of the ones I have seen in the salvage yards are broken or missing. Hence the use of the stainless steel slider. I added the scrap of aluminum angle tab to the screen door with a bit of JB Weld.

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That is what was on mine, they are NLA and all of the ones I have seen in the salvage yards are broken or missing. Hence the use of the stainless steel slider. I added the scrap of aluminum angle tab to the screen door with a bit of JB Weld.

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We go out to Colaw's every now and again, I can check for you and see if there is a good one if you are interested. Might be a few weeks before we get there tho.
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We go out to Colaw's every now and again, I can check for you and see if there is a good one if you are interested. Might be a few weeks before we get there tho.
Thanks for the offer, but I have already changed mine over to the stainless throw bolt. In many ways I like it better.

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Can some one please take a picture of the latch that secures the screen door to the main door. My latch is missing. Not sure how it went on. Thanks Mike 72 sov. 31ft.
I have a1974 overlander, and wasted about $20 getting a latch I didn't need, because I didn't listen to the parts person. They kept trying to tell me I wanted the black plastic door latch, but I insisted it was a different one. At any rate, I have since learned, they were right, I was wrong. The black plastic latch that probably secures your closet doors and other cupboard doors, will also mount on your outside door, and will latch the screen door to it.
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