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Old 04-22-2014, 05:11 PM   #1
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Slam door to lock?

While visiting Ewald's Airstream I'm Franklin, WI this past weekend the
salesman was slamming the doors to lock the AS after moving the inside lock to the lock position. I had never heard of this or seen before. He said it was perfectly fine to do.
Any thoughts?
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:23 PM   #2
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As long as he isn't using the deadbolt, there is nothing wrong with doing this.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:37 PM   #3
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We seem to have to slam ours more than I would have thought normal, but when we had it a Jackson Centre for other work a while back, I questioned this and they said it was fine!

It can be noticeably worse when the trailer is hooked up - I suppose due to effects of the hitch.

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Make sure that you have your keys before you slam the door to lock it. We have gotten in the habit of always using the key to lock the door just to be safe.
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Old 04-22-2014, 05:59 PM   #5
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Make sure that you have your keys before you slam the door to lock it. We have gotten in the habit of always using the key to lock the door just to be safe.
I did that, after I warned the customer about doing it. What I didn't know is, the customer had left both sets of keys laying on the dinette table.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:09 PM   #6
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I find the best method is to firmly push with my palm flat on the door, keeping my hand on the door until it's closed. This seems to prevent the bounce you get if you just slam it.
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Old 04-22-2014, 06:19 PM   #7
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We prefer to close the door gently. Just can't imagine slamming can be good for the door or the lock in the long run.
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Old 04-22-2014, 07:09 PM   #8
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We prefer to close the door gently. Just can't imagine slamming can be good for the door or the lock in the long run.
Slamming the door shut, is bound to cause problems in time.

Simply adding a little silicone spray to the striker pocket and striker bolt, makes slamming of a door unnecessary.

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Old 04-22-2014, 07:12 PM   #9
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Some Airstream salesmen like to slam the door to show you how well made the trailers are. I have to admit, the solid, vacuum-tight sound of an AS door is rather impressive!
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Our 40 year old latch is showing signs of wear. We gently hold the handle in the open position, shut the door and then release the latch. If our door had been treated this well all along, it would be in better shape today. The only replacement latch requires major door rebuilding.

So ask yourself - do you need to slam the door or would a gentler method do the trick? Do you plan to have this Airstream last perhaps into a future time when replacement door latches are no longer available? Then choose your path.
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Slamming the door shut, is bound to cause problems in time.

Simply adding a little silicone spray to the striker pocket and striker bolt, makes slamming of a door unnecessary.

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Silicon spray improved ours only marginally - I applied it when we first bought the trailer about five years ago and re-apply it regularly.

I really thought some adjustment was probably needed to our door, which is why I took the opportunity to ask the fellows at JC about it when we were there for other work.

They assured me however that it ours was quite normal and no adjustment was required.

I suppose "slamming" must be a relative / subjective thing!

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I find the best method is to firmly push with my palm flat on the door, keeping my hand on the door until it's closed. This seems to prevent the bounce you get if you just slam it.
You hit it on the nail All you have to do is KEEP your hand on the door and follow through as you close it. Same works from the inside, KEEP holding the handle as you firmly pull the door closed.
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We noticed on most airstreams you must slam the door for it to close properly,one thing I notice on the a.c street side there is a small opening to outside ,I discovered this when I washed the roof and directed the water at the side of the a.c unit ,then went inside the trailer and noticed water dripping from a.c vents ,removed the interior cover and saw the opening in ac to outside this could be there to allow air out of trailer during closing of the door.


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I don't slam and was surprised to see a dealer doing it.
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