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Old 05-19-2016, 04:53 PM   #1
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Valterra RV deadbolt for 1956 door-in-door

I have the Valterra RV/Mobile Home Dead Bolt (VTS-343) that I want to install in my 1956 Flying Cloud with the door-within-a-door.

I am trying to decide whether to install the lockset in the door (with the strike plate in the door frame in the sidewall of the coach) or in the sidewall of the coach (with the strike plate in the side of the door).

Normally, the lockset is installed in the door, but the exterior part of this lockset is almost an inch proud of the exterior surface of the door, and I worry that, when the door is swung all the way open, that exterior part of the lockset will hit and possibly damage the sidewall of the coach (even though I have installed this latch and bumper).

Has anyone installed this dead bolt in a door like mine? If so, I would appreciate knowing how and where you installed it. If there is blog or Airforums thread (I searched, but did not find anything), on installation of this deadbolt, I would like to know.

Thanks, Hank

See my 1956 Flying Cloud renovation thread.
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:14 PM   #2
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It might depend on what type of door latch you have.

I have a Bargman L-66 door latch and it sticks out further than the deadbolt. Also, the curve of the door is such that the door latch will hit before the deadbolt.

It will leave a nice imprint on the trailer skin if this happens at highway speed. Ask me how I know.

Also, that was the last time I will ever loan the Airstream to anyone, including family.
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Old 05-20-2016, 09:54 AM   #3
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Thanks, markdoane. I will spend some time today experimenting. I will tape the bezel to the door (at various heights) and swing the door around to see whether I will have a problem.

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