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Old 04-22-2014, 08:16 PM   #15
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my trailer is brand new as of 11/2013....the “slamming” of the door was done indeed and contrasted as a virtue over many SOB doors....but to get mine shut you do have to give it more force than I would like....its more annoying at night closing from inside...outside the palm method works fine for me...but inside I have to slam it to ensure its all lined up good for the deadbolt to line up (ie for it to totally close).

The screen door lock mechanism also requires a bit more force than I would like, I think it will clear up as the weather seal foam breaks in a bit more over time...I think.

I am going to try the silicone and see how that goes....

at night I would like to be able to pull the door tightly without making a huge noise...but this seems impossible and this annoys me.

Thanks for this post.

Ill be going possibly to JC in 2015 to visit and get any warranty service...so I will discuss this...there is a youtube vid of a guy adjusting the door and it went from needing to be slammed to closing smoothly...
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Old 04-23-2014, 04:27 AM   #16
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My door is also hard to close.
When closing from the inside I will hold up on the lever, pull the door tight, and release the lever. This cuts down on the slamming where others might be disturbed.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:06 AM   #17
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My door is also hard to close.
When closing from the inside I will hold up on the lever, pull the door tight, and release the lever. This cuts down on the slamming where others might be disturbed.

I simply cannot achieve this despite trying - and at some point it feels like I would risk pulling the handle hard enough to damage that mechanism
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:07 AM   #18
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The door is on "the list" for the service center. All problems have been documented with photos and emails to Chris Burch and Randy McNeeley at Airstream.
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Old 04-23-2014, 10:42 AM   #19
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Never owned an AS that I did not have to slam the door. Even the Interstate. Jim
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:09 AM   #20
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If you have to slam the door, the door is not adjusted properly or you have the stabilizers set twisting the frame slightly. On a brand new Airstream the door seal may be a little stiff and improve with use, and the latch does need lubrication.

Here is Airstream's video showing door adjustment. Looks crude but that's how they do it. Be careful not to kink something by overdoing it.

Airstream How To: Adjusting Trailer Main Doors - YouTube
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Old 04-23-2014, 11:38 AM   #21
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That's the vid a saw - I figure mine could be adjusted similarly
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Old 04-23-2014, 01:14 PM   #22
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Never owned an AS that I did not have to slam the door. Even the Interstate. Jim
Having serviced Airstream for almost 5 decades, I have yet to find any Airstream trailer or motorhome, where it was necessary to slam the door.

When slamming is necessary, then something is wrong. When the "wrong" is corrected, then the slamming is no longer necessary.

Slamming the door will eventually lead to damaging it.

The locks that have been used, are certainly not life time locks. Things happen to the locks, the door gets out of alignment especially when being slammed, parts wear out, lubing is necessary, the trailer is in a twist, locks must be lubed internally, etc.

To me, a salesman that slams the door with the lock locked, is being a smart alec show off. They are supposed to demonstrate the beauty and usefulness of the trailers, and NOT how you can abuse them.

The door frame is a simple "C" channel and will rewrd those that abuse it with many headaches.

To me, being kind to the trailer results in much pleasure and happiness, and certainly no big bills for repairing damages caused by abuse.

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I agree Andy. And After we were charged $169 to de-winterize I don't think I will return to said dealer. From what I gather we were overcharged and very easily could have done it ourselves had we not been so worried about screwing it up. I chalk it all up to being newbies and learning as we go.
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I try not to slam but they do need a firm push.
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I try not to slam but they do need a firm push.
Having to push the door shut is usually caused having a very good door gasket.

Pushing causes no harm.

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