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Old 05-23-2008, 04:06 PM   #1
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What is this missing door handle called?

This is my first post on this forum, I live in Northern CA. (anyone from around here?)
I just bought my second POwned Airstream, it is a 78 31'. I have the floor ripped out, installing floating floor I learn about from these forums. Fixing dry rot, from learning on these forums, and bought the blue stripping from Inland RV supply.
Could someone help me with what this missing door handle is called? It is to the right of the sprung (another topic) door, and appears to have had a key lock at the top, as there is a "deadbolt" thingy that turns on the interior. TY all, and I can not get the search working on this forum--I bought gutter seal, and other caulks recommened here--and cant find the links that said what to use on which area...
Umm, uploaded pics, and they say they are here....in my upload folder...I hope they show up when I submit..
I just want to sound like I know what I may be talking about when I call dealers to replace the missing handle. Illusion is everything.
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Old 05-23-2008, 04:53 PM   #2
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Welcome tot he forums. The missing handle is what I call a grab handle. It should be around a foot long, and is mounted vertically next to the door.
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Old 05-23-2008, 05:09 PM   #3
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This is my first post on this forum, I live in Northern CA. (anyone from around here?)
I just bought my second POwned Airstream, it is a 78 31'. I have the floor ripped out, installing floating floor I learn about from these forums. Fixing dry rot, from learning on these forums, and bought the blue stripping from Inland RV supply.
Could someone help me with what this missing door handle is called? It is to the right of the sprung (another topic) door, and appears to have had a key lock at the top, as there is a "deadbolt" thingy that turns on the interior. TY all, and I can not get the search working on this forum--I bought gutter seal, and other caulks recommened here--and cant find the links that said what to use on which area...
Umm, uploaded pics, and they say they are here....in my upload folder...I hope they show up when I submit..
I just want to sound like I know what I may be talking about when I call dealers to replace the missing handle. Illusion is everything.
That part is called a "grab bar" with a lock.

Airstream discontinued using it, many years ago.

Back then, when it was last available, it cost almost $400.00.

You can use a regular grab bar.

Your other photo, if I am correct is for the left side of the A-frame.

If that's the case, you need far more than just Vulkem sealer. That separation is caused by punishing the front end, buy having a heavy duty tow vehicle, and/or hitch bars that are for the Queen Mary.

The front end is being torn apart, when you tow the trailer, because of the stiffness of the tow vehicle and/or excessive rated hitch bars.

You will have to soften that rigging if you want to stop the front end from getting destroyed.

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Old 05-23-2008, 05:50 PM   #4
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That part is called a "grab bar" with a lock.

Airstream discontinued using it, many years ago.

Back then, when it was last available, it cost almost $400.00.

You can use a regular grab bar.

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Hi Andy,

I have a question related to the “grab bar.” How do you change the doorbell button? Do you just pry it out from the front?
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:02 PM   #5
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Hi Andy,

I have a question related to the “grab bar.” How do you change the doorbell button? Do you just pry it out from the front?
Pry it out gently.

It's just a press fit.

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Thanks Andy,

That's what it looked like, but why experiment when you can ask?
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Thanks Andy,

That's what it looked like, but why experiment when you can ask?

Er, umm, that's what my old girl friend used to say.

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Andy must be feeling much better!
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Old 05-23-2008, 06:46 PM   #9
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Andy must be feeling much better!
Yep. Feeling better.

Will be out of pocket for a week.

Will be visiting parts of North Carolina.

Wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day.

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For the inserted caption in your second picture, you should use Vulkem (aka protrem) to seal the gap after you get the "beating" taken care of.
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:57 PM   #11
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Ok, wow, the PO owner gave me all the towing gear

When you say softer gear...do you mean lighter hitch? It is really heavy. Or, perhaps the stiff rectangular bar that attaches from the hitch to truck on the street side.
The Truck that pulls it, is a 78 huge Scottsdale pu, 2 wheel, C10, 4 door. Any tips of how to lighten it all up? I plan to pull it 4 hours, then hopefully never again. The truck gets 7 miles to the gallon. It came with the trailer.

I have seen photos of cadillacs pulling them, do all vehicles have to get special rigging (hydrolic air system) to operate the disk brakes on the trailer?? Otherwise I could pull it with my Chevy Van perhaps.
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Old 05-24-2008, 03:30 AM   #12
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Wow, you cheated the "how do I hook up the vacuum disc brake" process and got an old tow vehicle with vacuum! A lot of us don't have a ready source of vacuum on our truck, so we got an electric "activator" that pressurizes the hydraulic disc brakes. Does your vacuum brake boost system work on that '78?
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That separation is caused by punishing the front end, buy having a heavy duty tow vehicle, and/or hitch bars that are for the Queen Mary.

The front end is being torn apart, when you tow the trailer, because of the stiffness of the tow vehicle and/or excessive rated hitch bars.

You will have to soften that rigging if you want to stop the front end from getting destroyed.

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I have been wondering the same thing. I am towing my Tradewind with a F250. There is no damage to my AS, and it tows fine on all paved roads and most dirt. But, I tried a couple of times pulling down some New Mexico washboard roads and it seemed the coach rode much better than the TV in which I felt every bump. Looking in my rearview the AS was nice and level and not jumping around. But the rough ride must be transmitted at least to the trailer tongue. Cqn't be a good thing. I turned around as soon as I could. Maybe a lighter sprung TV and a lighter foot would be more comfortable for the AS and the riders in the TV.
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Grab bar

Here's mine on the Excella. I've noticed the same thing on a few Moho's.You don't have a spare door lock do you?
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