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Old 05-18-2016, 01:13 PM   #1
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Securing Entry Door while underway

Any ideas, suggestions, etc. as to how to secure entry door while traveling. My 1986 31' Soverign has rearward opening "suicide door" with nothing except main lock/latch to prevent catastrophic opening.

In ten years I have never had a problem, but always have visions of door flying open while crossing over Bear Tooth Mountains, or on I-80 outside Cheyanne Wy !!

Would like to come up with something, other than hasp type lock, that does not require punching holes in the shiny stuff !!

Thanks in advance for the tips

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Old 05-18-2016, 01:19 PM   #2
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We had one of the very early 2005 25FB's. These also had the rear-hinged entry door. I towed that trailer about 120,000 miles in eight years. I never had any problem with the door coming open while underway. I did always try to be careful about double locking before starting out. I thought about getting a marine stainless steel slide bolt for the outside of the door, but was concerned about someone come by and locking while I was inside. Therefore I never did anything and it all worked out.

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Thanks I know what u mean about the getting "locked in" vs locked out. Being a sailor for 40+ years, I am familiar with all the exterior slide bolt type locks. Was thinking about some type of bolt that was quickly removable so it could be removed and put inside when not traveling ??
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Thanks I know what u mean about the getting "locked in" vs locked out. Being a sailor for 40+ years, I am familiar with all the exterior slide bolt type locks. Was thinking about some type of bolt that was quickly removable so it could be removed and put inside when not traveling ?






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Can you post a pic of your entry door in the closed position?
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Old 05-18-2016, 03:21 PM   #6
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Can you post a pic of your entry door in the closed position?
Steve our FC20's also have the so-called suicide door, and I am trusting the lower deadbolt entirely to stay latched while underway. We avoid using the upper lock, which is part of the door's operable latch, except when we are both inside for the night. I don't think our upper lock is subject to,vibrating open in transit, like some older models seem to, but this is TBD I guess.

I believe the original poster here has an older lockset.

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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.
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There is a gizmo fashioned out of wood that you can make to hold the door closed for the 60s trailers. Not sure about other years.
It fits in the vertical handle next to the door.
I tried to search our out but can not find it.
Maybe some one that has one will chime in
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Here are a couple of shots of the door on our 2005 Safari 25FB. As you can see, there is a grab handle right next to the door open. A wedge as you describe is a good idea.

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Here is the link for the wooden doohickie thingy. It worked well on my 1966 Airstream. http://www.airstreamcentral.com/arti...tch/Page1.html
I may still have the template in a file if anyone wants a copy. I spray painted mine gray.
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It seems to defy common sense that almost all Airstream doors are hinged suicide style. Does anybody know why they do it this way?
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One school of thought is that the door would be in the way of the awning rail on some models or that it would cover a window if it opened to the right. There is more room in the center part of the trailer for the door to cover and secure when parked etc...
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We have had two 25FB's. A 2005 with the rear hinged door and a 2015 with a front hinged door. Given our druthers, we prefer the rear hinged door. It just works better on a 25FB.

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Here is the link for the wooden doohickie thingy. It worked well on my 1966 Airstream. http://www.airstreamcentral.com/arti...tch/Page1.html
I may still have the template in a file if anyone wants a copy. I spray painted mine gray.

Thank you!
I was hoping someone would have one!
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