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Old 09-18-2013, 10:25 AM   #1
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I have a 2006 Airstream Classic with queen bed configuration. Whenever we pull the trailer, the drawer under the foot of the bed (seen from bathroom) comes open. Any advice on how to keep it shut during travel?
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I have a 2006 Airstream Classic with queen bed configuration. Whenever we pull the trailer, the drawer under the foot of the bed (seen from bathroom) comes open. Any advice on how to keep it shut during travel?
Drawers coming open are caused by vibration.

The vibration is caused by unbalanced running gear, bad rubber rods in the axles, excessive rated hitch bars and/or excessive rated tow vehicle.

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I have a 2006 Airstream Classic with queen bed configuration. Whenever we pull the trailer, the drawer under the foot of the bed (seen from bathroom) comes open. Any advice on how to keep it shut during travel?
Since it's under the foot of the bed, that mean's the bottom edge is at floor level, right? If so, a simple rubber doorstop should do the trick, at least until you can figure out where the vibration is coming from.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:49 PM   #4
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Unbalanced axles? Maybe but in a 2006? How about big honkin' potholes and rough roads. Most of the modern clasps are made of plastic which fatigues over time, or are magnetic, but not all that strong. If you've got a big load shifting in the drawer, could be as simple as adding another magnetic latch or two. If yours is at the foot of the fore and aft queen, on a FB model... inertia would tug on it every time you accelerated, too. Rear bed, every time you brake!

I've deployed quite a bit of cargo mesh in my new Airstream and since the cargo doesn't shift... the doors stay closed.

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Make certain that the two latches are:

1) adjusted so that the rotating catch in the frame half are fully rotating past their detent when the drawer is fully closed.

2) one or both of the frame half catches hasn't gotten "closed" while the drawer was open, preventing latching when the drawer is pushed closed.
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I can't quite visualize your configuration, but we have cupboard doors under the bed-- the ones that lead outside through the back storage area. These tend come open if we don't park something in front of them. Usually these are the black gym bags in which we take clothes that won't fit into the closet. They fit well under the bed. We had trouble once with a kitchen drawer that kept sliding out en route, but got a better sort of weighted latch for it.
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What Rich said in #5 above. We have the same configuration, and I bumped the moving latch part on the face frame "closed" once. Well, because the drawer closes I thought it was OK, but it didn't actually latch. I took out my small screwdriver, pried the working part back out in the open position. All is well.
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Unbalanced axles? Maybe but in a 2006? Paula
Running gear refers to the tire, wheel, hub and drum as an assembly.

Those are the parts that totate when moving the trailer on the road.

That running gear vibration can and does happen to every travel trailer ever built by whoever, and if not corrected, can cause many different damages as well as unnecessary expenses.

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Thank you all for your comments. I'll look at the latch parts and see if I can monkey with it. I though too of putting a simple hook and eye lock on it to keep it closed. We did drive over some bumpy road coming through Iowa recently. It's always a surprise to go into the Airstream after towing for a while and finding little surprises like drawers open and socks all over the place
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Thank you all for your comments. I'll look at the latch parts and see if I can monkey with it. I though too of putting a simple hook and eye lock on it to keep it closed. We did drive over some bumpy road coming through Iowa recently. It's always a surprise to go into the Airstream after towing for a while and finding little surprises like drawers open and socks all over the place
We experienced this problem when our Classic was new and found that two bungee cords solved the problem while we travel. We attach one end of the cord to the side drawer and the other end to the front drawer on each side--haven't had anymore problems after we started this procedure before long trips. We have Centramatics so I don't think vibration is what was causing the opening. Some roads and highways are just rougher than others and can lead to drawer issues. We also use one cord down through all handles on the stack of drawers next to the wardrobe--solved that problem too.
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We have the same problem with underbed drawers coming open on our 2005 Classic 30 despite having centramatics installed.

I was thinking to add some better latches, but I like teh bungee idea - will certaily give that a try! Thanks!

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Our drawers come open and our trailer is new. I think the roads here are just rough and bumpy. We take the drawers on either side of the bed out during travel.
We had the same problem with our previous trailer. The wheels were balanced.
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Our clothes used to fly off the closet rod before Esmerelda ( ah, saying her name makes me sad) got new shocks installed at the mother ship. Never happened again.

I did bungie everything closed in Ezzie because her drawer latches, etc, were long gone. I had a network of long & short, looked a bit like a spidery web. Nothing moved.

Be careful NOT to put too much downward pressure on upper cabinets! Can cause them to pull away. Just enough gentle pressure so IF they open the elasticity will shut them back. I would go from the rearward closet door to the under sink cabinet. But that may only work on Excellas. It became a stowing operation I didn't have to think about.

Now with Dulcie we so far haven't had to bungie. Her drawer stops, etc., work well.

Someone loved this ole girl. But she's just not quite as fancy as Ezzie was - although she's in better shape.
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:32 PM   #14
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Bungees are the next best thing to duct tape or WD 40 for fixing anything. Bungees do not leave adhesive residual, like duct tape. After the retaining locks wore out, old trailers used to use dowel pins through screw eyes in front of the drawers. It worked.
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