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Old 09-23-2015, 03:24 PM   #1
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Replacement Lock for 1973 Land Yacht

I am new to the airstream community and just purchased a vintage 1973, 31' Land Yacht. It is missing the front door latch "KT Lock 70-77 Airstream" and the price for it is almost $500 for just the assemble.. My question to the community would be does anyone have a work around for this and replacement part etc? My plans are a total remodel so i'm not looking for vintage but it needs to look nice and latch when the door is closed. I did see the post about using a dead bolt but that still does resolve the issue with latching the door close..help please.
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Old 09-23-2015, 04:09 PM   #2
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latch

I bought the bullet and paid for one, figured do it right. There is an adaptable latch people use, but I do not know what it is called, or where to get it. welcome to the forums btw!. MPJ
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Old 09-23-2015, 06:56 PM   #3
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Thanks moparjohn I might need to do the same but just seems way over priced.
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Old 09-23-2015, 08:00 PM   #4
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I had to bite the bullet 8 weeks ago too. I think I got the last one in the country unless Airstream found a vendor to start making them again.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:07 PM   #5
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I just purchased a 73 Land Yacht, and am in the same predicament. Aside from the locks being $500, they're basically unavailable. I'm working on a retrofit with a deadbolt/catch combo this weekend, I'll take pics and let you know how that goes.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:13 PM   #6
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I made a deadbolt like the one Vintage sells and used that for 8 months until I realized the locks were selling out and then I jumped in and bought one.
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Old 09-24-2015, 12:24 PM   #7
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There's a vintage Bargman up on eBay right now:
Vintage Old Bargman Entry Door Handle Lock Travel Trailer Handle RV Airstream | eBay

Doesn't really look like the one on my '72 Ambassador, but probably would look better than a hook-and-eye catch!

I have a deadbolt on my door, and no lock on the handle. Works great!
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Old 09-24-2015, 01:29 PM   #8
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I replace my door lock with one from amazon 34.00 it fit like it was made for it.
I dont have pix. All it took was a little grinding on door jamb side and where lock fits
Outside of door when you tighten bolts it pulls it in place to jamb
Now the only thing have left is to fill the rest of the opening with aluminum and rivets
To make it look decent. I did it just until. I found one. I could afford. But it looks and works as good as factory.. So im very happy. The opening on out side of door is large enought to put two locks
In. Side. by side Lol
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:33 PM   #9
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Davidlee can you give me more information on what locked you order from amazon?
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Old 09-24-2015, 02:49 PM   #10
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Not sure if it will work or not but glad amazon will let you return and i'm a prime member so though i would give it a shot and see.. Sure it will take a bit of metal work on the door.. http://amzn.com/B00VKNRZ7W
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Old 09-24-2015, 03:54 PM   #11
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Inland RV, and possibly others such as outofdoorsmart.com sell a retrofit/upgrade kit with pre-cut pieces of aluminum to patch the exterior holes, an assortment of olympic rivets, and a modern latch/locking mechanism similar to the one shown above from Amazon. The patch pieces and rivets really add to the price, but it still beats the $500 price for a new KT by a long way.

Or, if you'r feelin' froggy, you can reskin your door and put whatever latch you want in there. Being the kind of guy who says "as long as I'm here..." that is what I did. Not recommended for the faint of heart.

good luck!
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Old 09-25-2015, 05:15 AM   #12
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Hey Mingle 51. There are several of the same lock set. Rv camper travel trailer locking entrance door handle latch paddle entry dead bolt lock kit its crome or stainless by red hound auto 29.96 free shipping 1.1/4.to 1.1/2 door. Its the same one on most late models. It seams to be well built and cheaper. Im very satisfied with the looks on my 73 Sovereingn 31ft. Hope this helps. Wish I could send you pix. Camper world has them also you cam take a look.
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Ive been kicking around the idea of buying this lock to replace my broken KT handle
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/...L._SL1024_.jpg

Thinking i can cut some aluminum to mock the shape of this handle that will cover up the old hole.
Whatcha guys think?
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