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Old 05-18-2016, 04:44 PM   #15
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I see in the photos that you have a deadbolt in addition to the regular door latch. Underway, I always use the deadbolt and have never had a problem.

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Old 05-18-2016, 05:43 PM   #16
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I'd like a copy of the template, if you still have it!


Originally Posted by centennialman View Post
Here is the link for the wooden doohickie thingy. It worked well on my 1966 Airstream.
I may still have the template in a file if anyone wants a copy. I spray painted mine gray.

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Old 05-18-2016, 06:11 PM   #17
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I have to give credit to Freshair for the design of the wooden door block. He sent me a template 10 years ago and I believe he is the one on the link I posted earlier. I don't believe he would mind if it's shared since he posted the dimensions etc... on the link. If anyone wants a copy of my template, please send me a private message with the address and I will get it mailed out to you right away.
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Old 05-18-2016, 07:03 PM   #18
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Thanks Peter....I am curious to see if his trailer has a grab handle just to the side of the door or not. My 1966 Airstream had a grab handle and I fashioned a wooden piece that slid into it and across the door for extra piece of mind in regards to the door flying open.

When I bought my FC 20 this year the first thing I pondered was how I could make the door more secure from flying open. Haven't come up with any ideas yet.
Our 2014 FC20 does have a grab handle to the right of the door FYI. Thanks for the link to the wooden door safety piece.
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:26 PM   #19
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With the dead bolt in place I seriously doubt any Airstream door would come open. Maybe something unforeseen would happen, a really big bump, someone forgets to close it tight.

So we went to the hardware store and bought a small rubber door stop, and a little loop bungee. Drilled a hole in the tall end of the door stop and put the bungee through it. Then when traveling we loop the bungee to the grab handle and push it under the grab handle towards the door so it blocks the door from coming open. When we go inside we pull out the stop and let it dangle from the grab handle as a reminder to put it back in place when hitting the road again.
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Old 05-19-2016, 07:54 AM   #20
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Door latch

Thanks for all the input! Yes, my Soverign does have the grab handle and like others, I have used a series of different "wooden wedges" thru grab handle to keep door shut. I was hoping to find something a bit more craftsman like than a cedar wedge - although the wedge performs flawlessly !!! ( KISS ). Maybe I should leave well enough alone ...As yet. I have been unable to open files which have the prototype wooden latch. Will keep trying

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Old 05-19-2016, 08:12 AM   #21
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I like the design from Freshair. You slide it in place and give it a slight twist and it basically locks into position and doesn't come out while you are going down the road.
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:20 AM   #22
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I've got a 58 caravanner and the door will definitely flex and open when underway. I've got a strap latch that i lock with a padlock. I also leave the lock on when it's unlatched so there's no way someone can 'lock' me in. on the inside i have a big slide bolt for security when i'm inside.
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:29 AM   #23
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2 simple "Eye" bolts + a heavy-duty Zip-tie.
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Old 05-19-2016, 10:54 AM   #24
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I have used the wooden keeper on a '65 Caravel for several years and it works great.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:55 PM   #25
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We were warned about the door coming open. Didn't believe it till it happened to ME!!! Last year after stopping for lunch, I locked the trailer and got back on the road. within a half mile of getting on the interstate I looked back to see the door open and something fly out. The interstate was very bumpy and I had just gotten up to speed. We have the dead bolt lock and the door still came open. Jim was able to repair the door after reading the on line posting here about door repair ( big thanks to all who posted, esp. the photos). Door is not flush but it works.

Jim did make one of the wooden door latches and we have been using that for the last year. He had to modify it a bit to fit the trailer.
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Old 05-19-2016, 02:04 PM   #26
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Easy door secure solution

The PO of our Argosy was the parts guy at an RV place that works on a lot of Airstreams and his solution was to drill a hole in the drip rail at the top of the door and put a spring clip thru it. Door will not come open, easy to install. That is the last thing we do when we lock the door getting on the road is install the clip.
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:12 PM   #27
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:54 PM   #28
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I installed a Home Depot deadbolt on my suicide door which did pop open underway. I had to mount it on the body with the bolt going into the door as the locket was too thick to mount in the door.

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