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Old 04-30-2018, 07:22 AM   #21
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I don’t recall the original Clipper door design shared from Curtiss with Silver Streak, but the pot Metal hinges on the SS double door were (are) the worrisome thing, not just the door opening in flight.

The ventilation qualities of the door-within-the-door (convective, if nothing else) and the “security” of other than just a screen door for sleeping cause me to mourn its lack on the post-1986 Sterling re-design, but not the full-length piano hinge and fully-flat construction.

A few years back one of the guys on the SS Mail List put together a buy of hinges in stainless. That, and the commonly installed deadbolt took away most of the fears.

Had the door on my 1983 SS come slamming open right as I rolled into Houston traffic on US-59 one day. A real relief the hinges held. I, too, cursed the lack of “failure analysis”.

Learned later that bending the door myself was the necessary cure to keeping the thing closed. I also drilled and pinned the inner door latches.

That this trailer (1990) still features jalousie windows was part of the decision to buy one of the final series trailers. They “catch” any breeze within reach. Without that (and the double door), iddhave kept searching.


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Old 07-31-2018, 04:37 AM   #22
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Another "no common sense" design concept on my Safari 25 is the propane heater exhaust comes out against the door face when the door is open. I believe the heater exhaust is hot enough to do damage to the door if the door was fully open with the heater running. I recognize the heater should not be running with the door open, but in the world of children and grandchildren these sorts of things happen.

I would like for the door to be hinged in the front no mater what the issue is with ventilation or awning poles or whatever. My door had been damaged when in the possession of the previous owner(s) by what appears to be an uncontrolled opening. It took me many hours of adjusting to get the door "right" after I bought the trailer. I use a wooden latch to make sure the door stays closed when traveling. The wooden latch adds a certain "flair" to the overall appearance of the Airstream going down the road. : )

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