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Old 11-02-2006, 01:33 PM   #1
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Suicide Door Safety Latch

I was telling someone (NorCal Bambi?) about a latch that my GT has to safeguard against the door coming open while travelling. They wanted some photos.
I'm not sure who makes it; it's stamped "Lamp" and has a number "SUS304" on it. If anyone knows any more info please post.
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:35 PM   #2
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One more shot with the latch in the open position
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:57 PM   #3
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love it! I want 3.

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same here! i only need 2, though...

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Looks like a wonderfull mil-spec item you have AND you can open the door window (solid door here) to unlatch it as needed... Its good some practical joker can't lock it on you while you are inside trailer..

When I had my metal shed up in the boonies of West Virginia I made sure I had a detachable clasp bar for the door padlocks that I carried inside with me, everyone doing add on latch please make sure you can defeat it while you are inside!
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Did some research and the SUS304 is the type of metal that the latch is made of and the "Lamp" - not sure, but it should be the brand, but unable to come up with anything. Will keep an eye out on my travels as it looks like a great safety feature for door. Carol
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Its good some practical joker can't lock it on you while you are inside trailer...
practical jokers? in airstreams? ha! duely noted!

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Old 11-02-2006, 06:02 PM   #8
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Simple solution

Not long ago I read a thread that suggested a simple solution for a safety latch. I could not find that thread so I went ouyside, in the rain, (whatta guy) and took these pictures for you. It works!
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will that work on the doors that don't fit flush with the body? ours is an earlier model, and the door overlaps the skin an inch or so, with a gasket. nice and clean, though! i like it! does tension keep it in?

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I have a wooden one that Balgrn made and sold on Ebay. Mine has a strap to keep it attached to that bar when not in use, but it will stay in place when wedged in and you are moving. Love mine; however, it looks like A-Merry-Can has the dead bolt I would love to have. I'm afraid to cut into the Argosy to install one.
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that dead bolt didn't stay shut on our first trip.. the door blew open, and punched a hole in teh skin! it's all patched up now, though the door has a bad bend in it i haven't had the patience to fix yet....

anway, i DON'T want that happening again!!

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will that work on the doors that don't fit flush with the body? ours is an earlier model, and the door overlaps the skin an inch or so, with a gasket. nice and clean, though! i like it! does tension keep it in?

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I can't speak for ALL the AS models but it will work where the assist handle is like this on my '66 Tradewind. It stays in place very well. It would probably behoove me to make extra "safety latches" to take along.
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I have a wooden one that Balgrn made and sold on Ebay. Mine has a strap to keep it attached to that bar when not in use, but it will stay in place when wedged in and you are moving. Love mine; however, it looks like A-Merry-Can has the dead bolt I would love to have. I'm afraid to cut into the Argosy to install one.
If you put a strap on the wooden one make the strap long and thin enough to pull inside when you are in. That latch just hanging outside will tempt some young pranksters to lock you in.
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I may be stopping in to see my PO over thanksgiving. (For you other law enforcement types, that does NOT stand for Probation Officer!)

I'll see if he has any more info on the latch. If I'm not mistaken, he told me that an airstream owner developed it. I was hoping someone here would know something. We'll see....
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