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Old 07-10-2012, 07:48 AM   #1
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Can the pull out doors be repaired?

OK- here we go.
70' model Airstream.
Has twin beds.
Underneath each bed is...
three storage areas.
Each with it's own pull out door for the outside.
The plastic that hinges each one'
has broken apart (split) on a few of them and I am holding them together with a strip of Gorilla Tape and some staples.
Is their a replacement for that area- if you know what I am talking about?
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Old 07-10-2012, 08:40 AM   #2
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I havent seen anywhere that you can find that material. It is simular to what was used on the folding tables. All I can think of using are hinges or possibly a piano hinge. I bought Al piano hinge material from Fastenal
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I may take one with me today to an upholstery shop and see what he has up his sleeve. Thanks R.
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If you didn't want to use plastic, I would try thin strip of leather. You could even pop rivet them in. It was used many years as a hinge.
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Old 07-14-2012, 04:51 PM   #5
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I think what you've made up with gorilla or duct tape would work fine for quite a while. I have the same issue in my 72 Overlander and simply used duct tape.
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I have the same issue, yet my storage drawers are underneath our gaucho beds. First, I tried to repair with duct tape, but after a while it lost its adherence and you could see the back side of the tape through the broken hinge. Next I tried a strip of nylon webbing and stapled the $h@! out of it. But again, it sagged and you could see the webbing through the seam. Most recently I used a heavy duty packing tape that has nylon string built in. Im still not 100% satisfied. Someone suggested that I switch the latch to the top and add hinges to the bottom so it folds down instead. Im still mulling that over.
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Seems like they are configured, or built in such an odd way-- it makes it hard to realize a fix for this. Meanwhile---well, you would think there would be an inverted hinge that would neatly fit into that area. But that would hinder how much they would lift before being able to push them back into the recess. Some of mine are shot and some of the others are still in tact.
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Plastic Hinges

Hello! I just order these plastic hinges this week and they worked perfect. You can get them from a company called Outwater Plastic:

Outwater Plastics - Master 2012 Catalog - page 307

The only catch is you have to order a minimum of 12 feet. But I still only spent $60 and that included shipping. The company was great to work with and I order the products on Monday and had them by Wednesday.

I do have enough of the cabinet hinge and table hinge for approximately two more campers. I would be willing to sell if anyone is interested.
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AbbieLowe, You are my hero! I'm checking this out and will gladly pay $60 to fix these doors!!
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Finally -- a fix has been found. Thanks! I will be ordering right after Labor Day is over.
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Finally -- a fix has been found. Thanks! I will be ordering right after Labor Day is over.
A simple fix that's permanent, is to invert the doors and mount them with a piano hinge at the bottom.

Many owners have done that.

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Old 09-04-2012, 05:19 AM   #12
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If anyone would like to sell me enough to do one door I'd love to buy some. Please contact me privately.
Thanks!
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