Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 12-14-2007, 08:04 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
Breaking in new gasket time?

We installed new gaskets on all the doors & windows of Brutis last fall. The problem is, the main door is REALLY hard to close from the inside now. In fact, the handle is coming loose from pulling on it so hard to get the door closed. My husband put a zip tie to pull on above the handle so we don't break the handle. How long does a new gasket take to break in? Is there some trick to it, or what? I'm really afraid of the handle breaking!

I'd take a picture, but the trailer is boondocking with some of my kids in it right now--about an hour away. Thanks for any advise!
__________________

__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2007, 09:01 AM   #2
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by beckybillrae
We installed new gaskets on all the doors & windows of Brutis last fall. The problem is, the main door is REALLY hard to close from the inside now. In fact, the handle is coming loose from pulling on it so hard to get the door closed. My husband put a zip tie to pull on above the handle so we don't break the handle. How long does a new gasket take to break in? Is there some trick to it, or what? I'm really afraid of the handle breaking!

I'd take a picture, but the trailer is boondocking with some of my kids in it right now--about an hour away. Thanks for any advise!

Lube the entrance door gasket with "silicone spray."

Also, lube the entrance door lock striker pocket and striker bolt.

Be very generous with it as well.

Andy
__________________

__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2007, 12:46 PM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
I did give it all a good spray of silicone recently. It just seems like the gasket is so thick that the door doesn't shut well anymore. From the outside, it needs to be leaned on to shut it tightly. I used the gasket from Andy at Inland, so I'm sure it's the right stuff! Anyone else with this problem?
__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2007, 03:35 PM   #4
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by beckybillrae
I did give it all a good spray of silicone recently. It just seems like the gasket is so thick that the door doesn't shut well anymore. From the outside, it needs to be leaned on to shut it tightly. I used the gasket from Andy at Inland, so I'm sure it's the right stuff! Anyone else with this problem?
You used a triangular shaped gasket.

The gasket "must" rest as far inboard as possible, right against the door frame (the thick part of the frame).

Check the drawing that came with the gasket.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2007, 06:40 PM   #5
Rivet Master
 
Becky B.'s Avatar
 
1964 17' Bambi II
Vintage Kin Owner
Schererville , Indiana
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,617
Images: 19
Thanks, Andy. I'll make sure I have it on properly when I get out there. I sure hope I do, or it'll be a bear to get off!
__________________
Becky


1964 Bambi II
1988 Avion 32S
Becky B. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-14-2007, 07:09 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
HowieE's Avatar
 
1991 34' Excella
Princeton , New Jersey
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,810
Images: 12
The strike plate can be move out a bit and as the gasket wares in you can move it back in. Even if you have to file some material off the strike plate moving it out will reduce the load on the gasket.
__________________

__________________
WBCCI 12156 AIR 3144 WACHUNG TAC NJ6
2004 Excursion 4x4
1991 34 ft. Excella +220,000 miles, new laminated flooring, new upholstery, new 3200 lbs axles

HowieE is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Breaking up the 30 Amps soldiermedic Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 11 07-20-2007 04:53 AM
Breaking Away jcferguson Brakes & Brake Controllers 19 03-28-2006 08:06 PM
Why are we breaking records? Ken J Off Topic Forum 5 07-15-2004 07:59 PM
Breaking & Entering Navigator Doors & Locks 4 02-28-2004 08:34 AM
Breaking the 200 mark 83Excella Our Community 1 03-04-2003 09:11 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:24 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.