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Old 01-03-2010, 12:45 PM   #1
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TRAPPED in MY Airstream!

Went to let the dog out this Am in Florida-29F out and she did not want to stay our long. 5 min and two barks later I went to let her in and the door would not work. I was trapped! I am full timing in a 1972 29 Ambassador and I looked around at the sealed windows and screens, thought about my storage access openings and sat down and drank a cup of coffee. I attempted to slid a piece of metal and "pop" the latch-worked on the thing for an hour-called my son and he tried from the outside-decided not to mess with the hinges and finally unscrewed the internal mechanism and forced it out through the outside of the door. Minor scratches to door frame, but they will buff out and thought; WHAT ABOUT A FIRE? Upon inspecting the lock it appears that a pin had popped from the stem that operates the action. Weak design. I have a deadbolt, so I will look for a replacements for the internal parts. I know that they want unbelievable prices for new latches. The dog is upset as well. .
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Old 01-03-2010, 12:56 PM   #2
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Been there, done that! However it was in a 5th wheel we once had... hubby couldn't get the door to open, had to take out a window, PITA! Your notion about fire is very important.... or other emergency.... we should all have an escape plan and options! Thanks for bringing this to everyone's attention!

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Old 01-03-2010, 01:04 PM   #3
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Went to let the dog out this Am in Florida-29F out and she did not want to stay our long. 5 min and two barks later I went to let her in and the door would not work. I was trapped! I am full timing in a 1972 29 Ambassador and I looked around at the sealed windows and screens, thought about my storage access openings and sat down and drank a cup of coffee. I attempted to slid a piece of metal and "pop" the latch-worked on the thing for an hour-called my son and he tried from the outside-decided not to mess with the hinges and finally unscrewed the internal mechanism and forced it out through the outside of the door. Minor scratches to door frame, but they will buff out and thought; WHAT ABOUT A FIRE? Upon inspecting the lock it appears that a pin had popped from the stem that operates the action. Weak design. I have a deadbolt, so I will look for a replacements for the internal parts. I know that they want unbelievable prices for new latches. The dog is upset as well. .
Not only is a new KT lock price, out of sight, so is the replacement parts. Make sure you have your seat belt fastened, when you find out the price of a new striker bolt, and probably a new striker pocket as well.

Slamming the door, causes that failure, in time. Slamming the door becomes necessary, when the striker bolt is not properly lubed with silicone spray.

Welding that shaft back in place, is a very bad idea, since it would soon fail again.

You might be better off, changing the lock out to the L-100 Special, model.

You would need to make a couple of adapter plates.

BUT, you will save your self a couple of hundred dollars, or more.

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Old 01-03-2010, 01:05 PM   #4
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Yikes, trapped inside.

This is the infamous Keeler door lock that the no longer made. Bummer
Inland RV has a retrofit kit that might work, so does ODM in NC.
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...I was trapped!... WHAT ABOUT A FIRE?...
reading and PICTURES that may or may not b useful...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ted-17997.html

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...afe-39545.html

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Old 01-03-2010, 01:25 PM   #6
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Yikes, trapped inside.

This is the infamous Keeler door lock that the no longer made. Bummer
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Greg,

Mrwaterway, has a "KT" lock that was used from 1970 to 1977.

The Keeler Brass lock was used from 1978 to about 1985 or so. I am not at my office, so I cannot look up the exact dates. Then they went out of business, and their lock was replaced by a GM lock.

Parts prices for the KT lock, have reached the "ridiculous"
level, a while back, and are still rising.

Some replacement kits are available for some of those years, at far less prices, but, some owners, insist on keeping the coach "original."

Anyd
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weak design?

2010-1972=38years. $500/38=13.16 per year. I admit I "slam" my door, too. So how long would the silly thing last if we didn't "slam" it? The important thing about this thread is gettin' out of the unit-even a minor slow down is bad, let alone a major slow down-my latch has been working poorly and I have been ignoring it...I will disassemble it after this post-the beds are all apart anyhow, and I think I will yard the furnace out for a clean/lube. Comes apart easy, goes back together slowly..... BTW, my 85 has an "Exit" Window at the rear-and I think the wrap around privacy shields would stop ya from gettin' out easily-anyone attempt a practice run on this? chime in if you would, please, thank you.
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2010-1972=38years. $500/38=13.16 per year. I admit I "slam" my door, too. So how long would the silly thing last if we didn't "slam" it?
Who knows.

But slamming the door is easily fixed with silicone spray, on the striker bolt and in the striker pocket. However, that's assuming those parts are not worn.

Is there a groove in the striker bolt?

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The important thing about this thread is gettin' out of the unit-even a minor slow down is bad, let alone a major slow down-my latch has been working poorly and I have been ignoring it
Now you know what happens with your Airstream when you ignore a problem. It "WILL BITE YOU" when you least expect it. Fortunately for you, this happened while you were at home.

You can go through any window, in an emergency. just open the window and punch or kick the screening out.

So you ruin the screening!!!!

Who cares, as long as your safe.

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Old 02-06-2010, 09:44 PM   #9
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I too have gotten myself trapped inside my 1981 31ft. Excella this evening. This is my first AS and we are in the process of fixing it up. I went out the door to do some work on the outside. When I tried to go back in, the handle was freely turning but nothing seemed to be catching and the door wouldn't open. Fortunately for me I have been working on the windows and was able to crawl back in through the front. I do admit that we've been pulling the door really hard to shut it because it wasn't staying shut. After reading this post I understand that this is a lesson. I knew something was wrong with the door but was more excited about working on the interior - mistake - should have given it the attention it needed sooner and maybe this wouldn't have happened.

So...I've removed the plate around the door latch on the inside and I can see the broken piece. Please excuse my ignorance as I don't know what the pieces are actually called. In the pic I've posed you can see the area I'm talking about inside the red oval. I guess I will have to replace the assembly so I have a few questions:

1) Where do I find this part for my '81 Excella?

2) Is there any way I can remove the latch so that I can at least go in and out of the door until I'm able to replace it?

Thanks in advance for any info that will help me out!

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I too have gotten myself trapped inside my 1981 31ft. Excella this evening. This is my first AS and we are in the process of fixing it up. I went out the door to do some work on the outside. When I tried to go back in, the handle was freely turning but nothing seemed to be catching and the door wouldn't open. Fortunately for me I have been working on the windows and was able to crawl back in through the front. I do admit that we've been pulling the door really hard to shut it because it wasn't staying shut. After reading this post I understand that this is a lesson. I knew something was wrong with the door but was more excited about working on the interior - mistake - should have given it the attention it needed sooner and maybe this wouldn't have happened.

So...I've removed the plate around the door latch on the inside and I can see the broken piece. Please excuse my ignorance as I don't know what the pieces are actually called. In the pic I've posed you can see the area I'm talking about inside the red oval. I guess I will have to replace the assembly so I have a few questions:

1) Where do I find this part for my '81 Excella?

2) Is there any way I can remove the latch so that I can at least go in and out of the door until I'm able to replace it?

Thanks in advance for any info that will help me out!

You have a "Keeler Brass" lock.

That company went out of business about 20 years ago.

The only part that is available, and not very easily installed, id the tumbler.

There are replacement kits available, that require installing an adapter plate on the inside and outside, that use a lock that Airstream has now used for several years.

Upgrading to that kit, is the only way you can easily resolve the issue, unless you have a machine shop create some parts, but then, you still have a lock that's over 20 years old.

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Old 02-06-2010, 10:03 PM   #11
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I too have gotten myself trapped inside my 1981 31ft. Excella this evening. This is my first AS and we are in the process of fixing it up. I went out the door to do some work on the outside. When I tried to go back in, the handle was freely turning but nothing seemed to be catching and the door wouldn't open. Fortunately for me I have been working on the windows and was able to crawl back in through the front. I do admit that we've been pulling the door really hard to shut it because it wasn't staying shut. After reading this post I understand that this is a lesson. I knew something was wrong with the door but was more excited about working on the interior - mistake - should have given it the attention it needed sooner and maybe this wouldn't have happened.

So...I've removed the plate around the door latch on the inside and I can see the broken piece. Please excuse my ignorance as I don't know what the pieces are actually called. In the pic I've posed you can see the area I'm talking about inside the red oval. I guess I will have to replace the assembly so I have a few questions:

1) Where do I find this part for my '81 Excella?

2) Is there any way I can remove the latch so that I can at least go in and out of the door until I'm able to replace it?

Thanks in advance for any info that will help me out!

Hi boo_n_sue, Take a look here. Keeler Lock Repair Kit KLRkit ODMRV , Out-of-Doors Mart and Inland RV Center Inc. kits to fix a Keeler lock.
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Thanks Andy and Lee. Any ideas on how to get the door open? Do I have to remove hinges that are accessed from the outside? I'll definitely have to replace the assembly with the newer parts that are available but I'd like to at least get the door open so I can quit crawling in and out of the window.
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Thanks Andy and Lee. Any ideas on how to get the door open? Do I have to remove hinges that are accessed from the outside? I'll definitely have to replace the assembly with the newer parts that are available but I'd like to at least get the door open so I can quit crawling in and out of the window.
I can tell you how to enter the trailer, but not in a PM or on this Forums.

I will only do it on the telephone.

But, I am in Hawaii and I will not return to my office until 2-15.

However, you can call us this Monday and ask for Greg.

He can share that info with you.

There is no need to disassemble anything.

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Old 02-07-2010, 08:30 AM   #14
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My lock broke once too. Sounds like you're able to get in & out of the trailer (I had to use the window too). I was able to get the lock out with the door closed. I don't think it was too hard, since I did it myself. I think it was just a matter of removing screws & sliding the plate back with a screwdriver. The piece that broke on yours is the piece on the end of the spring. A friend who is a machinist made a new end for mine & we put it back it. Things are fine now, but I NEVER slam the door anymore!
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