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Old 10-14-2010, 01:12 PM   #1
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warped door-latch side

I have a 73 Sovereign and the door is warped at top and bottom on the latch side, enough that it rains in.. I've only seen advice on how to repair warping on the hinge side. Winter is coming, I need to be sealed!
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Old 10-14-2010, 02:16 PM   #2
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The door can be reshaped by removing the revits
on the inside door panel - reshaping - and then
reinstalling rivets in new holes.

I read it in the service manual
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Old 10-14-2010, 02:51 PM   #3
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I have a 73 Sovereign and the door is warped at top and bottom on the latch side, enough that it rains in.. I've only seen advice on how to repair warping on the hinge side. Winter is coming, I need to be sealed!
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You say you have a 1972 and a 1973 Airstream.

Which one you actually have dictates how the door is repaired, as one of them has a cast door frame.

Post the serial number.

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Old 10-16-2010, 03:00 PM   #4
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Hmmmm.... may even be a 1971...owner's manual was for a 1972the plate says 6 on one side and 71 on the other.
Serial # there is 131T2J1142

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I see on one site that makes it a 1972 with a rear bath and was made in Jackson Center.... yes?
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I see on one site that makes it a 1972 with a rear bath and was made in Jackson Center.... yes?
That looks correct to me.
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Hmmmm.... may even be a 1971...owner's manual was for a 1972the plate says 6 on one side and 71 on the other.
Serial # there is 131T2J1142

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That's a 1972 31 foot Airstream with a rear bath and twin beds, made in Ohio.

The door frame is cast metal.

It's near impossible to bend it back in place.

Briefly,you need to strip the door, by removing all the metal. Then cut the frame where it starts to not match up to the door jamb.

Then weld it, and recheck it.

If its ok, then reinstall the exterior metal.

Then reinstall the interior metal, with ALL NEW HOLES. After that, then you can fill in the empty rivet holes.

If you use the old holes to hold the door frame in place, they won't do much good as they have been enlarged.

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oh dear...WAY beyond my capabilities. Guess I'll look for thicker seals. Any idea why it would have bowed? Seems it'd be too thick. I want to avoid repeating and worsening the warp.

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oh dear...WAY beyond my capabilities. Guess I'll look for thicker seals. Any idea why it would have bowed? Seems it'd be too thick. I want to avoid repeating and worsening the warp.

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Thicker seals will just make it worse.

Unfortunately, this is a fixit thing or watch for water leaks around the door that will cause the floor in that area to rot.

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