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Old 03-16-2015, 09:34 PM   #15
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This must be more of a problem with older Airstreams.

My 2015 Airstream door fits tight as a drum and the dead bolt engages at least an inch into the main frame. There is no way that door would open accidentally on a rough road.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:50 PM   #16
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This must be more of a problem with older Airstreams.

My 2015 Airstream door fits tight as a drum and the dead bolt engages at least an inch into the main frame. There is no way that door would open accidentally on a rough road.
You just Murphy'd yourself. What can seem improbable or even impossible still has probable or possible within the words. Never say never and pray it never happens to you.

Murphy may bite you in other ways. The Airstream Gods are a fickle bunch.

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Old 03-16-2015, 10:10 PM   #17
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You just Murphy'd yourself. What can seem improbable or even impossible still has probable or possible within the words. Never say never and pray it never happens to you.

Murphy may bite you in other ways. The Airstream Gods are a fickle bunch.

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Thanks for the warning, luckily I'm not worried about Murphy in this case. If my door comes open due to a rough road when I have it bolted then I will have a lot more damage to worry about than just a suicide door.
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Old 03-16-2015, 10:11 PM   #18
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Old 03-17-2015, 09:00 AM   #19
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Attached is a PDF with a scale drawing of the wood door lock block which you can use for a template. I intend to make one with 3/4" plywood. You may need to adjust for your particular installation. Easy to cut with a bandsaw, jigsaw or even good scrollsaw with the right blade.

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I made several extra of these and have given some out at rallies. Hopefully those of you making your own, after all you'll have plenty of material left, and make them available as you camp. It's been several years since I posted that 'how too' article and since have noticed that many later Airstream models with doorway grips could adapt versions for their use. Just trace the shape to cardboard and trim to fit. My lock and 'travel' dead bolt should be adequate for my Trade Wind but this little piece of wood sure feels and looks very secure.

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Old 03-17-2015, 09:41 AM   #21
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Whats old is now new again. I have had one of these on 2 Airstream going back about 20 years. It was not a new devise when I first saw it on the Old VAC site. Tried and true and does the job.
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I'm thinking this may be a problem with older trailers. I lock the door latch lock and the deadbolt both. I have never had the door come open, but many times it feels like it has come unlatched, but did not open. I would say that it is due to the motion of the trailer, but it happens from time to time while parked. Could wind cause enough flex in a parked trailer to cause the door to come unlatched? I guess this is part of the reason for the deadbolt.
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We have two vintage streams and have made these door securers based on the directions presented here. They DO work and were easy to make.

We have had our door in door fly open once on a bumpy trip where our inner latches had worked themselves loose/up. It was slow speeds, POURING rain, freeway and for a few minutes could not figure out why the enthusiastic folks in the lane next to us kept waving and screaming.
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I'm thinking this may be a problem with older trailers. I lock the door latch lock and the deadbolt both. I have never had the door come open, but many times it feels like it has come unlatched, but did not open. I would say that it is due to the motion of the trailer, but it happens from time to time while parked. Could wind cause enough flex in a parked trailer to cause the door to come unlatched? I guess this is part of the reason for the deadbolt.
Agreed, I think it must be older trailers because with my deadbolt locked on my 2015 door it is not coming open due to a bumpy road. I would not trust just the latch but the dead bolt enters the door a good inch. A crowbar could possibly pry it open but not flexure of the frame.

I have a 27FB so the door is not a suicide door. It faces the other direction and wind from driving would close the door rather than open the door.
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I have a 22FB with the suicide door. The worst bit is that I can't open the forward dinette window at all because the door will hit it instantly with predictable results. Nice view out that window, but no ventilation. Fixed glass would have made more sense there.

I'll be making a wedge. Just because the door has never popped doesn't mean it won't.


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Thanks to all who responded. I just got around to checking replies today
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