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Old 05-29-2007, 12:50 AM   #15
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Done!

After a little diversion (built canopy for the Safari!), I put in the new latch. B4WEDI's pics in post #9 already do a great job showing the essential cuts and fitment.

Still, I promised pictures, so here are the highlights. I made a more detailed presentation on flickr...

Cutout

Transfer cutout tracing from inner latch part onto door. Do your best to match up the existing striker plate with new catch.

Notice the void at the back -- right where a screw goes, too...

Fill the void



1" x 3/4" blocks are glued in place. Take care to sand down the blocks so they fit easily to avoid popping the laminate skin.

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Punch and predrill for four #6 x 3/4" SS flathead screws (I think 1/2" would be fine here).

Punch and predrill for #6 x 1/2" SS flathead screws, one per side at the back of the latch.

I found that carefully flexing each side of the latch in the middle, toward the door, so the middles were slightly bowed toward the door surface, made them lay nice and flat when the final screws at the back are set. Before, they bowed outward leaving an unsightly gap.

Trim the bumpers a little at a time with a sharp blade. In this case it was a tight fit, so I shaved the inside bumpers almost completely off.

I removed the striker plate and took a file to it. Before reinstalling the striker, I had to remove some of the material behind it: the new catch protrudes pretty far, even adjusted for minimal depth.

I have much higher resolution pictures available, in addition to what's on flickr.

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Old 05-29-2007, 12:54 PM   #16
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clarification on screws

I should have been a bit more descriptive about the screws:
I used #6 x 3/4" SS flathead wood screws at the door edge, and #6 x 1/2" SS flathead wood screws at the back end of the latch:

(very) zoomed-in pic of various bagged screws from 'the depot' for a buck or two.

More pics and details on flickr...

Cheers,
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Old 05-29-2007, 10:50 PM   #17
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Thanks for getting this "project specific" thread going 5cats. I hope the new handle will take the same bore as the lever. If not, I'm sure we'll find a way to make it work (royal "we" yet again...) and will post our before and after, with any necessary modifications.
And many thanks to Bob for the intallation details.
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Hi Janet, just wondering if you've undertaken the new latch install biz, and how it's going?

And same for anyone else doing this...questions? comments? Looks like we have a couple of experts here now...

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Old 06-04-2007, 10:15 AM   #18
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Nice clean cuts jd....... no need to have gone to all that trouble though, I could have lent you my pet rat "Rudy", who I had gnaw the hole in the door for me !

I withheld his rations for a couple days and then smeared some peanut butter around the outline I wanted him cut out, sat back with a couple cold ones and let him go to work ! It took a few hours and I guess I must have nodded off.....I'm glad I came to when I did or I would have had to find even a BIGGER latch !

It's you engineering types that give us hacks a bad name !

Nice work ! Enjoy your new found square footage !
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Old 06-04-2007, 02:07 PM   #19
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Nice clean cuts jd....... no need to have gone to all that trouble though, I could have lent you my pet rat "Rudy", who I had gnaw the hole in the door for me !
You crack me up

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Old 06-19-2007, 02:09 PM   #20
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Latch bought

Thanks to all you good folks, I just ordered the bath door latch from Perlane for $69.95 They had 6, now 5 in stock.

I, too, balked at the $140 price quoted by Airstream. And when I asked the parts lady for the manufacturer, she stated it was against policy to give out manufacturer's names.

Funny, that's one of the first things I get when an appliance malfunctions.
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Hey ! No extra charge !

I for one am glad to help, good luck with your project and feel free to get in touch if you need some support.

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Old 06-28-2007, 04:33 PM   #22
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Just finished the job. Worked out great. Only change from the way you did it was to use 8 X 1/2 oval head screws on the sides. Seems to show a little nicer than the flat heads. And stainless steel looks a lot nicer than the zinc stuff.

Next project is to install the Zip Dee window awning I purchased.

Thanks again, guys!
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B4WedI and 5Cats

Just finished the job. Worked out great. Only change from the way you did it was to use 8 X 1/2 oval head screws on the sides. Seems to show a little nicer than the flat heads. And stainless steel looks a lot nicer than the zinc stuff.

Next project is to install the Zip Dee window awning I purchased.

Thanks again, guys!
I waffled on oval heads -- they're a nice choice. I agree with SS -- I've resisted using zinc hardware anywhere thus far

Good luck with the awning!

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Hey everyone...I'm glad we're not the only ones who think that big hook bathrom door handle is a bad design...in our 2006 19' Bambi (and other models where the bath door is up against the bed when it's open) we can hardly get in and out of the bathroom without catching the handle on a belt loop and nearly tearing our pants off (and we are not large people)! We intend to replace the stock latch...haven't decided which solution to go for, but at least we know where to start! (Definitely will NOT purchase from AS, though.) I'll gt back once we've done it, and let you know what we decided...

Your foot work and sharing of the details of your work is an huge help...THANKS!

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Bathroom door handle

We have been hooked so many times that I feel like it is time to do something about "Captain Hook." Does anybody have any solutions that doesn't include sawing and drilling out the old handle opening? If not, I think that I should hire 5-Cats to come over to install the new flush latch. Hey, you're in my "hood." Also is the "flush" latch a case of double-entandre?

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Many thanks to all who posted here on how to replace the "Captain Hook" latch. I just completed the replacement with the flush latch purchased from Perlane. One bit of advice: Make a notched cut as 5cats shows in post #15 above. I just made a rounded corner square cut as the manufacturers instructions specified. This puts the corners of the void pretty close to the face plate and if you look closely, you can just see them under my latch's faceplate. The notched cut would have prevented this. But then that's just the perfectionist in me coming out--seems like all us Airstreamers are.

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